Lebanese spendin’ cheese

July 12, 2010

It’s been a while since we spotlighted the military spending of Islamic nations.  Here’s a chart showing how Lebanon exceeds the “militarist” United States in military spending:

U.S. and Lebanon military expenditures compared

U.S. trails Lebanon in military spending

The chart was generated by Google using World Bank data.  The usual disclaimer applies—I’m not equating military spending with Islamic jihad.  Still, it’s remarkable how nations with majority of believers in the “Religion of Peace” tend to spend so much money on weapons and armies.



  1. Wow, what a skewed analysis. One, the money isn’t spent on weapons – the weapons are donated by the US and its allies.

    “Of the total budget requested for 2009 by the [Lebanese Armed Forces], $695.6 million or 80 percent accounts for salaries, contractual pays bonuses, social security fund contributions and other allowances.”
    Source- Nerguizian: The Lebanese Armed Forces: Challenges and Opportunities in Post-Syria Lebanon

    • Based on what you said, I actually undercounted Lebanese expenditures because I should be including gifts/transfers from the West.

      And do you not think the military budget of the United States includes salaries for soldiers?

      • The gifts/transfers are hand-me-downs. Weapons that are collecting dust in the US and EU that nobody wants. That are inferior.

        As for the second issue about salaries within the US military budget, the answer is yes.

        “This military budget pays the salaries, training, and health care of uniformed and civilian personnel, maintains arms, equipment and facilities, funds operations, and develops and buys new equipment. The budget funds all branches of the U.S. military: Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps.”

        A little research before you blog can go a long way.

      • query !! is that “Of the total budget requested for 2009 by the [Lebanese Armed Forces], $695.6 million or 80 percent accounts for salaries, contractual pays bonuses, social security fund contributions and other allowances.” also count salaried for Hezbullah ?

        just was curious because many ministers in lebanon are now demanding formalizing hezbulla by absorbing them in armed forces !! or does that only count in hand-me-downs ?


      • Jad, a little intelligence before you comment would help.

        You’ve proved the point I made in my post and the chart. Lebanese military spending is greater portion of GDP than the U.S. You haven’t said anything that contradicts that.

  2. Actually, I’m trying to confirm the numbers you have but I cant. Where exactly is the source of your information? Both the CIA World Factbook and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute both indicate the US had a higher military expenditure as % of GDP than Lebanon.

    SIPRI using 2009 numbers shows the US at 4.3% and Lebanon at 3.9%. While using 2005 numbers, the CIA reports the US at 4.06% and Lebanon at 3.1%.

    Forget it, found your source – interesting to see such conflicting data. Either way, I guess the spending is necessary when confronted with Israel’s expenditure which exceeds both the US and Lebanon combined (as a percentage of GDP).

    • Israel never is a direct threat to lebanon, or is it ?

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