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  • Sure, the US government is pissing away all our resources on ineffectual wars. The question is why. I think the short answer is: oil. Too much oil money is controlling US policy. Instead of pouring DoD-sized money into finding ways of doing without oil, the federal government is pouring it into shadier and ever-more-bungling attempts at insuring that the oil supply is predictable -- which it does by catering to the increasing infantilism of the (made-to-order) ruling class in the Middle Eastern countries.

    Maybe the current US government/corporate "leadership" have got some half-articulated harebrained notion that in a few years, the HIV infection rate in the Middle East will rise to Botswana-like levels (which is probably true), and that that will suddenly and miraculously pacify those countries (which is probably not true) so that they can be cajoled into selling away all their land and oil for a month's supply of protease inhibitors.