Geopolitical tension and the constant threat of war are of enormous benefit to one group, the MICIMATT. From Ray McGovern at antiwar.com:
Interviewed Wednesday on The Critical Hour, I took issue with the prevailing conventional view that George Stephanopoulos’s mousetrapping President Biden into calling Putin a “killer” and Secretary of State Blinken’s boorish attempt to get China to kowtow in Alaska were “disastrous“.
One must always ask cui bono? Who profits from those two “disasters”. Were they not a boon to the people with inordinate influence over those we elect (at least nominally) to run the country? I refer, of course, to those of the Military-Industrial-Congressional-Intelligence-Media-Academia-Think-Tank complex who profiteer from tension.
The MICIMATT needs credible foreign enemies to “justify” obscene levels of military spending and to line the pockets of the wealthy “one percent” – whom the Russians still call “the ruling classes”. As for the rest of us, as comedian George Carlin might put it, the ruling classes with their bastard-child MICIMATT make up a big club, and we’re not in it. It has grown like Topsy since President Eisenhower warned us of its disastrous potential 60 years ago. In his farewell address he labeled it the “military-industrial complex”:
We must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.
Ike noted that the conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry was in those days new to the American experience. He added that “the total influence – economic, political, even spiritual – is felt in every city, every State house, every office of the Federal government. … Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society.”