Well, it's the day after Independence Day, and I found, in my musings on others' perceptions of the growing American/Wall Street empire, this interesting article, once again, from Russian TV:
What I found interesting here was the clear though understated Russian animus toward the now semi-permanent presence of American bases the world over, including in Germany, Japan, and Italy. One might assume that with the collapse of the Cold War, and the fact that the former Axis powers are hardly likely to band together again "for another go," one does have to wonder just what the heck we need those bases for anyway.
The article takes great care to cite an American who states that America has a permanent war agenda. The agenda in fact goes back to the days after Hitler's invasion of Poland in 1939, when the elites of the USA, gathering around the Council on Foreign Relations, concluded that the world war provided the perfect opportunity to create an American post-war empire.
The perspective of the increasing militarization of America, once again, has been adequately perceived by the Russians:
The Russians might have pointed out that this militarization of American intelligence is very old, going back to the 1950s and 1960s (if not to World War Two and that dirty deal with General Reinhard Gehlen I've often mentioned), and the likes of "CIA generals" like Ed Lonsdale. But it does point out other possibilities of analysis of the Obama Administration than the wishful thinking of some who wish to see in him the reincarnation of the Kennedy era. From where Russia sits, it's business-as-usual in Washington DC for the military-industrial-intelligence complex.