We fight because it’s profitable

President Obama announced today that he supported military action against Syria. This should come as no surprise. ¬† However, he will seek permission from the US Congress. ¬†Despite the fact the UK Parliament, no doubt our strongest ally, rejected military intervention, I suspect the US will proceed as usual. ¬† Why? The late Chalmers Johnson summed it up best in the 2005, yet relevant, film “Why We Fight:”

The ‘defense’ budget is three quarters of a trillion dollars. Profits went up last year well over 25%. I guarantee you: when war becomes that profitable, we’re going to see more of it. ~ Chalmers Johnson in “Why We Fight”