No, I don’t think that the tea party people are militaristic for reasons of profit. I think that they sincerely believe that maintaining military superiority by spending more than the rest of the world put together will assure our security. In this they are horribly wrong—and they don’t even understand why. They really should read that book from about ten or fifteen years ago, whose title was something like “The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers”, which introduced the phrase “imperial overstretch”. They’re making the same mistake that Spain and England made.