Originally Posted by aelle
If one were particularly cynical, one might say that 2. stems from 1. The US sees its place in the world (and how it earned superpower status) as being the world police, or at least the police of the western world. There are no more villains to police. Therefore, in order to maintain the status quo, the US needs to make up more villains to fight lest it loses its status.
That's part of the equation. It's part of what get sold to the public, often with a huge religious slant (even ignoring media outlets like Fox News, consider the amount of times Bush mentioned things like "God's will").
But there's also the economic interests: the American corporations that profit from the wars and have massive control over the political system because
of that economic might (it's in many ways another side of the same problem OWS was addressing--that in America, money is political influence at this point, and most of anything else is just for show).