Last year, the Pentagon spent more on pills, injections and vaccines than it did on Black Hawk helicopters, Abrams tanks, Hercules C-130 cargo planes and Patriot missiles â€” combined.
Some of the prescription drugs that have fueled the militaryâ€™s skyrocketing pharmaceutical budget are the same ones that have medicated the civilian world over the past decade. Since 2002, the Department of Defense has spent more than $5 billion on Lipitor, Plavix, Advair, Nexium and Singulair.
Rather than a reflection of the drugs needed to treat wounded troops, the top-selling prescriptions signal an increase in aging military retirees covered by the militaryâ€™s health program, Tricare, with drugs for arthritis, osteoporosis and diabetes costing billions. The Department of Defense also spent more than $380 million on erectile dysfunction drugs and $238 million on testosterone therapy drugs over the decade....
"Disease - Disease killed more soldiers in the Civil War than did battles. - Common diseases: Measles, Typhoid fever, Dysentery." excerpt from, Civil War Medicine(PDF) It's lunacy to complain about medical care for soldiers. Apparently, the U.S. government as it has in the recent past been going on wars for economic benefit, e.g., Banana Wars had better start weighing the cost of human and economic (especially the human) costs to what benefits it think it will get from going on these adventures.