Annals of the Kleptocracy
The US now spends more on its so called 'defense' than the rest of the world combined. This giant river of money, corruption, torture, murder and general sleaze is held up to the nation as a paragon of virtue, and it cannot be challenged politically. Try to watch a sporting event that isn't funded by the DoD, you have to watch tennis or soccer to escape its pervasive bullshit.
Its hand now reaches into areas of diplomacy, policing, disasters, and anything else that might be construed as 'defense'. Read this Tomgram and realize that this is the future. Realize that it is going to cost you a lot. Realize too that the graft and corruption is never going to go away while you sit on your ass and pretend that Obama or Clinton will change jack shit.