It’s an old story: the few take advantage of the many. In the name of making the world better or safer, elites capture the government and end up killing the goose that lays the golden egg.
The United States is no exception. Washington traded the gold of American manufacturing jobs for the silver of geopolitical power.
Washington elites weren’t merely content to practice diplomacy. They grew accustomed to dictating political and military policy in Europe and Asia. They liked waging war and running the world.