Active warfare, whether through direct U.S. military involvement or via proxy — as well as intractable “New” Cold Wars — is highly profitable for some, and a drain on blood and treasure for most others, American and foreign alike. No or limited bid contracts to fuel overseas conflicts line the pockets of those in the corporate defense industry, creating a highly toxic and dangerous scenario whereby endless war is a boon for business. That windfall then twists and distorts the political and media process through campaign contributions. Thus, despite super-majorities of citizens and soldiers being long opposed to U.S. military policy and interventionism, Congress and the executive branch stay out of step with their constituents. This is inherently undemocratic and threatens the health of the republic.
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— Julio Cortázar