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Tristan

It's still not a simple comparison. The US is also easily the largest contributor to NATO (in both dollars and troops), and many European countries may actually spend far less than they would otherwise by relying on NATO. In that sense, the US is subsidizing the military spending of those countries.

junkcharts

Tristan: A valid point. Care to show us your analysis?

Melloby

Also, the image of a bullet/warhead/mushroom cloud/whatever isn't...a sympathetic one. I imagine there are others like me that would be turned off by it and totally stop reading, let alone get it closer to my face in order to read the tiny print with the actual data. Graphics as a replacement for chart body only make sense when neutral. In my experience.

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