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Unformatted text preview: War, the US military apparatus grew exponentially, ostensibly in response to
the threat posed by an archrival: the Soviet Union. But after the end of the Cold War the American military and intelligence
establishments did not shrink in scale to any appreciable degree. Rather, their implicit agenda — the protection of global
resource interests emerged as the semi-explicit justification for their continued existence. With resource hegemony
came challenges from nations or sub-national groups opposing that hegemony. But the immensity of US military
might ensured that such challenges would be overwhelmingly asymmetrical. US strategists labeled such challenges
“terrorism” — a term with a definition malleable enough to be applicable to any threat from any potential enemy, foreign or
domestic, while never referring to any violent action on the part of the US, its agents, or its allies. This policy puts the US on a collision course with the rest of the world. If all-out competition is pursued with the available we...
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