In 2008, according to an authoritative report from the Congressional Research Service (CRS), $55.2 billion in weapons deals were concluded worldwide. Of that total, the United States was responsible for $37.8 billion in weapons sales agreements, or 68.4% of the total “trade.” Some of these agreements were long-term ones and did not result in 2008 deliveries of weapons systems, but these latest figures are a good gauge of the global appetite for weapons. It doesn’t take a PhD in economics to recognize that, when one nation accounts for nearly 70% of weapons sales, the term “global arms trade” doesn’t quite cut it.Now, now.... one must think of the economy first, eh? Those dictatorships aren't arming themselves, and they have money and natural resources... and usually a population that is withering away in either poverty or in civil war. Here's a hint to the Sarah Palins of the USA. Want to know why the US turned from a beacon of liberty to one of the most distrusted nations on the planet? This here would be one of the reasons. It ain't your liberties, kids, that people fear, it's the fact that you prop up horrible regimes in Saudi Arabia, in Pakistan and elsewhere, and not only give them your money, but give them your weapons, too. And who do you think those freedom-loving Saudi Princes would use those weapons against?