Yes, yes it is.
I wish every American knew this sick truth and found it equally appalling.
There is a new normal in America: our government may shut down, but
our wars continue. Congress may not be able to pass a budget, but the
U.S. military can still launch commando raids in Libya and Somalia, the
Afghan War can still be prosecuted, Italy can be garrisoned by American troops (putting the “empire” back in Rome), Africa can be used as an imperial playground (as in the late nineteenth century “scramble for Africa,” but with the U.S. and China doing the scrambling this time around), and the military-industrial complex can still dominate the world’s arms trade.
In the halls of Congress and the Pentagon, it’s business as usual, if
your definition of “business” is the power and profits you get from
constantly preparing for and prosecuting wars around the world. “War is
a racket,” General Smedley Butler famously declared
in 1935, and even now it’s hard to disagree with a man who had two
Congressional Medals of Honor to his credit and was intimately familiar
with American imperialism.