That original pie chart isn't really a good chart to make your argument... which, if I understand you, is that we are spending too much on military. That graph shows no context of military spending as compared to the US GDP. What it does show is how we stack up compared to everyone else; which is an interesting fact in and of itself but does not support your argument.
I think a better way of looking at your stance is seeing how much we are spending on military and how much we are spending on other things. Puts those expenses in context by comparing them to one another and to the GDP. Then you can really see where the money is going.
Military spending as a percent of GDP is about 6%. Government spending on Education spending is about 7% of GDP. Gov. spending on Healthcare is about 7% of GDP. Total Gov. spending is 40% of GDP or another way of looking at that is that our national debt is about 60%. When you hear those numbers about how GDP went up a measly 1.6%... almost half of that was government spending! Now you may think... what's wrong with that? That's not REAL economic growth.... growing the government doesn't REALLY increase our GDP; it consumes resources from the real economy. It really shouldn't be included in our GDP if you ask me but hey; nobody did...
Here's some actual dollar figures.
We spent $800 billion on 'stimulus' while, at that time, we had spent $524.6 billion in Iraq and $120.9 billion in Afghanistan.
Gross US Government Bailout Outlays $4.1 trillion
Includes gross TARP outlays, US Treasury outlays, and Federal Reserve outlays (not including repayments)
Net US Government Bailout Outlays
(after repayments) $3.6 trillion
Includes net TARP outlays, US Treasury outlays, and Federal Reserve outlays (less amount of repayments to US government)
US Government Bailout Guarantees $16.3 trillion
Includes guarantees from US Treasury, Federal Reserve and other US government agencies
My point here isn't that the DoD should get a blank check or that their spending is insignificant. I actually sympathize with your agrument to a certain degree; we could easily cut some waste out of the military budget. My point is that we have a very serious spending problem in this country. We have a spending problem from top to bottom, coast to coast, white house to city precinct!
Sources: (be sure to look at the sources of the sites I link as well... I was sure to look at their sources before using them but do your own research to verify)
http://blogs.reuters.com/frontrow/2009/ ... ar-so-far/
http://www.cbo.gov/ftpdocs/88xx/doc8877 ... tml#box4-1
http://www.visualeconomics.com/gdp-vs-n ... y-country/