Amid talk of a new arms race, Americans should know more about what billions of their tax dollars are paying for. It's likely that DARPA projects will simply lead to needless expenditures on weapons designed for wars the U.S. won't fight.
This sort of description of the U.S. military has become something of a must for American presidents. What does such triumphalist rhetoric suggest not just about our national narcissism, but Washington's priorities?
The steady exposure of corruption in our system will have its effect. There is developing a common understanding that the system we have today is broken and that we must find the means to make it constructive.
In these heady days of the holiday season, while you're buying your niece or nephew that last stocking stuffer or cavorting with co-workers at the annual holiday party, keep this striking image of war in mind.