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All of this suggests that expanded militarism and imperialism is deeply entrenched at present, at least within the top echelons of U.S. society. It reflects a general concern to expand U.S. hegemony as part of an imperial grand strategy, including rollingback insurgent forces and “rogue states” around the world, and keeping junior partners in line. The war in Iraq isbest viewed as an attempt to assert U.S. geopolitical control over the entire Persian Gulf and its oil—anobjective that both political wings of the establishment support, and which is part of the larger aim of therestoration of a grand U.S. hegemony.27 The vast scale of U.S. military spending—encompassing more than 50 percent of the federal budget (excluding social security, medicare, and other transfer payments) and constituting 7 percent of the entire GDP—is thus externally rooted in the needs of the U.S. imperial grand strategy, which continually strains the U.S. system to its limits (as measured by the budget and trade deficits).U.S. imperialism has been transformed in recent decades by the absence of the Soviet Union, giving the United States more immediate power (particularly in the military realm), coupled, paradoxically, with signs of a secular decline in U.S. economic hegemony. It is this dual reality of a temporary increase in U.S. power along with indications of its long-term decline that has led to urgent calls throughout the power elite for a “New American Century,” and to attempts by Washington to leverage its enormous military power to regain economic and geopolitical strength, for example, in the Persian Gulf oil region. In recent years, the20
SCFI 2010Iraq K affAlbert Qaeda___ of ___United States has enormously expanded its military bases and operations around the world with bases now in aroundseventy countriesand U.S. troops present in various capacities (including joint exercises) in perhaps twice that number.Washington is thus not just spending money on the military and producing destructive weapons, or engaging in warsand interventions.It is also building a lasting physical presence around the world that allows forcontrol/subversion/rapid deployment.2821Carol’s glock outweighs Turkey Prolif.
Iraq war = ImperialistIraq War atrocities are part of the imperialist ideology that fuels the Iraq occupation- Abu Ghraib is just one example of the horrific actions that are legitimized in the name of “disciplining local colonials”Tucker, Professor of History at University of Windsor, and Triantafyllos, research assistant, 2008(Bruce and Sia, “Lynndie England, Abu Ghraib, and the New Imperialism,” Canadian Review of American Studies, Volume 38, Number 1, 2008 (Article), pp 96-97, ) KMHaving reviewed the consequences of the lack of contextual analysis of the photographs, the silencing of race as a category of analysis, and the essential