In this excerpt from The Spoils of War, Andrew Cockburn outlines the internal politics of the US military and the lobbying that keeps the American war machine well-funded.
Essential readings on the United States' imperialist ventures in the Middle East by Deepa Kumar, Suzanne Schneider, and Andrew Cockburn.
Why does the US go to war? Humanitarianism? To bring freedom and democracy to the unfortunate corners of the world? To save vulnerable populations from dictatorship?
Not likely. Try: self interest.