The Contrary Perspective
ponders what's behind all the waste of resources and human suffering caused by DC's military. I'd say the writer comes REAL CLOSE to the answer:
We are a superpower with a boundless propensity for meddling in world affairs. We waste enormous amounts of money and resources intervening in areas that are of marginal importance to our national security.
There are many reasons for these wasteful interventions, of course. The military-industrial-Congressional complex plays its role. Presidents love to intervene as a sign of “strength.” Natural resources, especially oil, are usually in play. The usual motives, in short: profit, power, greed.
But perhaps the root cause of our mistakes can be traced to hubris, our prideful belief that we can remake other societies and peoples in our image. Our hubris leads us to undervalue legitimate cultural differences, and to underestimate the difficulties involved in bridging those distances.
The most blunt expression of the pride that fuels DC's endless interventions into the affairs of others came from former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright
"It is the threat of the use of force [against Iraq] and our line-up there that is going to put force behind the diplomacy. But if we have to use force, it is because we are America; we are the indispensable nation. We stand tall and we see further than other countries into the future, and we see the danger here to all of us."
The hubris that justifies DC's brutal interventions comes from the self-image we've painted of ourselves, a self-image shared by all the ruling elite, whether Democrat or Republican. So-called "conservative" Jim DeMint
described America's role in the world in terms of its unique identity:
"We are, in other words, not a nation based on ethnicity, but on beliefs, and not coincidentally, that is why we attract people of all ethnicities and they become proud Americans.... When we have used our power, however, we have done it for good."
In other words, "we" are so good, so noble, that we are justified in sticking our noses into anyone's and everyone's business. Those who fail to acknowledge our moral superiority do so out of ignorance and hatred.
That same attitude is evident here in the streets, too. Check out how these "antifa"
dehumanize League of the South activists protesting the imposition of same-sex "marriage" in Virginia. The antifa clearly enjoy strutting their moral superiority while expressing their contempt for those who do not measure up to their ideals.
The antifa hurl "f-bombs"
at their victims. DC hurls cluster bombs and launches drones
at theirs. Both for the same reason.