This week, the Pentagon called climate change a threat to national security that "may spark or exacerbate future conflicts." With this report, the Pentagon has put global warming on the geopolitical map.
In the last two decades our fantasies about a military plot to take over the government is entertainingly outré exactly because, in the Washington of 2010, such a thought is ludicrous. It's already happened.
The new spending level for the Pentagon this year reinforces the budgetary policy's continuity. At $708 billion, we will witness yet another year of "real growth:" a trajectory we have been on since 1999.
Now embraced by Obama, our long-standing tradition of viewing support for war as patriotic and opposition as unpatriotic plays right into the hands of the people who stand to make money from those wars.