Table of Contents


Introduction 1

1. The Military-Industrial Giant: An Empire in Itself 15

2. Imperial Militarisms: Past and Present 40

3. The Rise of U.S. Militarism 56

  • Designing a “Benign” Empire: How the U.S. Imperial Power Supplanted British Imperialism
  • The Theory and the Praxis of “Benign Imperialism”
  • Decline of “Benign Imperialism” and the Rise of Military Imperialism: Domestic-Foreign Interactions

4. Inventing “Threats to Our National Interests” 111

  • “Communist Threat” and Remilitarization after World War II
  • The End of the Cold War, Demand for “Peace Dividends,” and the “Threat of Rogue States”
  • 9/11 Attacks and the “War on Terrorism”—Opportunity for Increased Militarism

5. Militant Islam, Terrorism, and “Clash of Civilizations” 146

  • Early Responses to the Challenges of the Modern World
  • Socio-Historical Contours of Islam
  • Whatever Happened to the Once-Popular U.S. in the Muslim World?
  • Summary

6. Behind the Invasion of Iraq 187
A. Minor or Secondary Factors behind the War

  • The Role of Domestic Politics
  • The Role of the Cabal of Neoconservatives
  • The Role of Oil

B. Major or Primary Factors behind the War

  • The Role of the Military-Industrial Complex
  • The Role of Militant Zionism
  • The Demise of the Soviet Union, the Convergence of Interests on War, and the Unholy Alliance
  • World War IV
  • Defining the President’s Mission

C. Summary

7. Waste, Inefficiency and the Spoils of Military Spending 276

  • ─ Military spending, Waste, and Inefficiency
  • ─ The “Revolving Door” Syndrome and the Spoils of Military Spending
  • ─ Merchants of Death and Destruction

8. The Political Economy of U.S. Military Spending 311

  • The Magnitude of the Pentagon Budget
  • Military Spending as Economic Stimulus
  • Weak/Dubious Arguments against Military Spending: Military Buildup “Crowds Out” Non-military Private Sector Investment
  • Military Spending Crowds out the Public, not Private, Sector Spending: a Regulatory Mechanism to Reverse the New Deal
  • Military Spending as a Redistributive Mechanism of National Resources in Favor of the Wealthy
  • Defending Military Spending on Extra-Economic, Imperialistic Grounds: Military Imperialism vs. Free Trade Imperialism

9. Limits of U.S. Militarism 379

References 394

Index 406