"The permanent war economy, implanted since the end of World War II, has destroyed the private economy, bankrupted the nation, and squandered trillions of dollars of taxpayer money. The monopolization of capital by the military has driven the US debt to $30 trillion, $ 6 trillion more than the US GDP of $ 24 trillion. Servicing this debt costs $300 billion a year. We spent more on the military, $ 813 billion for fiscal year 2023, than the next nine countries, including China and Russia, combined."
Missing in Action . . . What Happened to War and the Imperial Drive to Organize the Planet? By Tom Engelhardt TomDispatch.com March 2, 2014 There is, it seems, something new under the sun. Geopolitically speaking, when it comes to war and the imperial principle, we may be in uncharted territory. Take a look around and More
And Then There Was One> Imperial Gigantism and the Decline of Planet Earth By Tom Engelhardt May 7, 2013 TomDispatch.com It stretched from the Caspian to the Baltic Sea, from the middle of Europe to the Kurile Islands in the Pacific, from Siberia to Central Asia. Its nuclear arsenal held 45,000 warheads, and its military had five million troops under More
Tomgram: Noam Chomsky, Hegemony and Its Dilemmas February 14, 2012 Tom Dispatch Back in May 2007, I stumbled across online sketches at the website of a Kansas architectural firm hired to build a monster U.S. embassy-cum-citadel-cum-Greater-Middle-Eastern command center on 104 acres in the middle of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad. They offered an artist’s impressions of what More
Tomgram: Engelhardt, Lessons from Lost Wars in 2012 Posted by Tom Engelhardt at 9:10am, January 3, 2012. [Note for TomDispatch Readers: We’re back, ready to do our best to keep up with what’s certain to be a tumultuous 2012, starting with an assessment of America’s lost wars in the Greater Middle East. By the way, I made an More