In the early 1990s the term “peace dividend” was popularized to describe all the benefits ordinary people would enjoy in a nation that no longer had to pour unfathomable amounts of money, energy and resources into Cold War defense spending. Many powerful people had ascended during that period of increased military-industrial complex funding, though, and they weren’t going to cede that power willingly. Neoconservative think tanks have been used in various incarnations to help maintain and expand the power of the military-industrial complex, and in return the military-industrial complex funds the neocons. One arm works with the military, the other works with Washington, and both arms work together to keep America in a state of endless warfare and imperialism.
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