As I see it, stamp collecting or golf is an interest; wanting other nations’ gold, oil or uranium is not an interest, it is coveting, and you can read about it in the Ten Commandments.This author is stating obvious observations about government spending, a topic that is currently featured prominently in the mainstream media but always portrayed as excessive spending on social programs rather than military adventures to promote Empire "interests". What the liberal author fails to explain is the reason that this occurs. Spending on weapons to be used to secure access to cheap labor, markets, and raw materials is the most direct route to increase of profits by industrial and financial corporations. This, of course, is what the capitalist system is all about.
This sort of superficial political criticism is much too common in the US today, and is responsible for holding back real solutions to our many problems.