Walter Karp page
"There is nothing puzzling
... about America's gratuitously aggressive foreign policy or
about the oligarchs' successful efforts to drag the Republic into
five wars. What an aggressive foreign policy accomplishes by
slow degrees, a state of war accomplishes in a trice. Overnight
[war] kills reform, overnight it transforms insurgents into traitors
and the Republic into an imperiled realm. Overnight it strangles
free politics, distracts and overawes the citizenry. Overnight
it blasts public hope."
"The military budget is
simply an enormous pork barrel of special privilege, the privileges
taking the form of windfall profits, of no-risk profits and, most
importantly, of enormous outlays of capital supplied by the Pentagon
to arms contractors."
"The [U.S.] military machine
... has enabled the party oligarchs to solve what for them is
a grave political problem - how to waste scores of billions of
dollars a year."
"What chiefly governs
the [U.S.] military budget is the need to spend enormous sums
of money in a useless way. The allegedly powerful Pentagon is
simply a receptacle for wasteful expenditure, just as a city dump
is the receptacle for the refuse of a city."
"Since free men cannot
judge for themselves what endangers their freedom if they believe
it is never in danger, it is the chief burden of the public school
curriculum to persuade children that their liberty is always secure."
"An aggressive foreign policy safeguards the power of the
power wielders and strengthens their control over those whom they