The following is the except of an article by Jon Basil Utley
and its Chinese translation:
It seems the deep roots of its militant culture and mentality
has a deep root in old British
imperial mentality. The first major ally is the military-industrial
complex, now funded by the new system of hidden congressional
earmarks. Arnaud de Borchgrave first wrote about there
being 15,000 defense budget earmarks. These allow a congressman
contracts into the budget for favored constituents, who
then donate money to the congressman's
reelection committee and may also provide well-paid jobs
in their districts. These encourage warmaking,
or at least threats of war, as never before. It's hard to
hide money in the budget for "a bridge to nowhere," but
a missile to nowhere will never be questioned, as its sponsors
cloak their profits in "national defense."
Among the beneficiaries are the new mercenaries, all the
companies subcontracted by the Department of Defense to provide
everything from kitchen services to bodyguards and intelligence.
All of these are very well paid and now have an interest
in promoting unending wars. Add to this the new power of
think tanks taking money from war-wanting corporations and
foundations to hire skilled polemicists and propagandists
to work the 24-hour news cycle.
The complex has seen military spending triple since 9/11.
The collapse of communism had threatened them. As they faced
lower budgets, they offered a plan to keep military budgets
high. The bin Laden attack suited them perfectly. Hundreds
of billions were then appropriated for the complex, even
for weapons irrelevant to the
war on terror. Unbelievable profits rolled in. But few
question the waste, and all the Republican presidential
candidates (except Ron Paul) and most of the Democrats want
to increase it further.
Next come the religious fundamentalists' dominant minority
those who see Israel's expansion as expediting the return
of Christ. They see Bush
as God's agent. They saw, in the words of Tom DeLay,
that the war in Iraq was a prelude to the chaos necessary
to bring about the "end times."
Then there's Big
Oil. Although long ago it opposed the Israel
lobby for antagonizing the Muslim world, more recently
it has cast its lot with imperialism. Kevin Phillips argues
in his book American Theocracy that Big Oil supported
the Iraq war. It feared that Washington had made American
interests so unwelcome in much of the Muslim world that
future concessions and contracts would be going to Chinese,
French, Italian, Indian, and Russian companies. In this
view, conquering Iraq and placing major military bases
on its soil would sustain a friendly government that would
give first choice to American interests. Needless to say,
it's not working out that way. Iraq's oil production is
minimal, and even Saudi Arabia chose a French company over
American rivals for its last big postwar contract. The
war also further revived Russian nationalism and aroused
major anti-American forces in Central Asia so that American
oil companies are weakened there as well.
Then come many leading American conservatives. Mostly ignorant
of the outside world and still fighting the Cold War against
the United Nations, they see the world as allied against
America. They strongly sympathized with Bush's go-it-alone
agenda. Many have a knee-jerk response to military spending,
that more is always better. Others feel hostility toward
Arabs and Muslims and see Israelis as being like us.
During the first Iraq war in 1991, when I was a co-founder
of the Committee to Avert a Mideast Holocaust, I saw how
many conservatives still resented losing the Vietnam War
and wanted to prove to recalcitrant Third Worlders that we
could "win" such wars.
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