The paranoid delusions behind American foreign policy

Our military dwarfs everyone else's. So what is America so scared of?

A toy tank.
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Imagine a wealthy man who has an unhealthy obsession with ensuring he'll be safe everywhere he goes. Maybe he learns a range of martial arts and trains himself in the use of firearms that he stockpiles in his home and his car. Then he purchases the most advanced form of body armor he can find. Soon he's spending many times more than any of his neighbors on his own security — yet he nonetheless concludes that he's in mortal danger and must spend far more just to mollify his fears.

The United States is this paranoid, anxiety-addled man.

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