Max Boot lays it on pretty thick here:
America’s brave troopers today fight for freedom in Afghanistan, Iraq and beyond, all the while yearning, as FDR said, “for the end of battle” when they can return home. They are not there to seize natural resources or to pump up a president’s approval ratings–nor, for all of my differences with President Obama, do I believe he has ordered troops into harm’s way for such nefarious purposes.If that isn’t the exact opposite of truth, I don't know what is.
As a matter of fact, RPI recently ran a fantastic editorial by Jessica Pavoni, who was a member of the military, but sought to leave the Air Force as a conscientious objector after learning that the Max Boots of the world were spinning false tales.
Not only has the Empire managed to bring the exact opposite of freedom to “Afghanistan, Iraq and beyond,” but it has also accomplished the snuffing out of freedom here at home as well. Groping at the airports, the monitoring of all our communications and finances, as well as the militarized local police (See: Boston & Ferguson) are just a few potent examples.
Meanwhile, Chuck Hagel is now trying to scare the pants off Americans once again:
ISIL poses a threat greater than 9/11. ISIL is as sophisticated and well funded as any group we have seen. They're beyond just a terrorist group…This is way beyond anything we have seen.The Empire wants more!
Max Boot, the fantasy storyteller, is helping to grease the wheels.