Wars of conquest are most popular if they can be made to appear tidy, safe, just, and relatively cost-free.
Running the world is a lot of work.
The annals of national security are replete with retired generals expressing second thoughts about how militarized the United States has become.
If weapons orders get diverted, so do campaign contributions.
Keene, New Hampshire has no crime that would warrant rolling out a tank.
Body counts would be embarrassing.
"Don't let the door hit you on the way out" is terrifying in Arabic.
He's the judge, jury, and executioner.
All this imperial conniving is giving the Republican presidential candidates, except the isolationist Ron Paul, plenty to yammer about.
A two-war strategy is like a two-car garage -- you'll own two cars sooner or later.