The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the standoff with Iran and all the other obsessions with the mideast are at least informed, if not entirely motivated, by larger geopolitical efforts to maintain stability at a time of impending competition over resources and access to them – oil. Sure that’s simplistic, but it’s at the “heart” of what’s going on in the leadership’s “minds.”
We don’t talk about any of that because it might lead us to get serious about changing our way of life and evidently nobody important thinks that’s the right way to deal with the problem. And frankly, among many of our elites, maintaining a military presence everywhere is necessary to preserve American global dominance. Period.
If it weren’t for really good chocolate, I’d be in tears tonight.