[Editor’s Note: This is an excerpt from Tom Engelhardt’s new book, “Shadow Government: Surveillance, Secret Wars, and a Global Security State in a Single-Superpower World.” It is available on Amazon.
Looked at another way, the NSS [Washington’s national security state] is also a humongous humbug, a gigantic fraud of a belief system that only delivers because its followers never choose to look at the world through Martian eyes.
Let’s start with its gargantuan side. No matter how you cut it, the NSS is a Ripley’s Believe It or Not! of staggering numbers that, once you step outside its thought system, don’t add up. The US national defense budget is estimated to be larger than those of the next thirteen countries combined–that is, simply off-the-charts more expensive. The US Navy has eleven aircraft carrier strike groups when no other country has more than two.… Read the rest