Wess Mitchell, Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs in the US State Department, gave a remarkable presentation to the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee on 21 August 2018. Titled "US Strategy Towards the Russian Federation" it ostensibly lays out the US reaction to Russia's continuing aggression, hostility, interference and so forth.Armstrong reports on the real aggressive statement of Mitchell that was omitted in corporate media to present a radically different impression. This is typical of news coverage by corporate media who are owned and controlled by the ruling class. To thoroughly understand the present aggressive policies of the US Deep State, one must understand the long history of imperial ambitions of the ruling US capitalist class.
After the Nazi's conquered much of Europe, the fascistic sector of American capitalists saw the opportunity in the future for a US Empire. The well connected Henry Luce coded this in a masterpiece of propaganda as the "American Century" which was published in Life Magazine in February 1941. This was when the American fascists had long hid their obscene ambitions under the skirt of "isolationism" in the run-up of WWII. They admired and supported the Third Reich which had already run over much of Europe and were about to launch their invasion of the Soviet Union. They soon saw a grand opportunity to establish their own US Empire (which would absorb the remnants of the British Empire) among the ruins of a clash between Germany and the Soviet Union--and of course there are always profits to be made from war production.
The American fascist-capitalists in the deep state at the time and their British counterparts, led by Winston Churchill, kept Allied forces from launching any invasion of Europe until the Soviet army had broken the back of the Nazi forces at Stalingrad in early 1943 and were subsequently forced to rapidly retreat. Thus, their geopolitical vision was largely correct except for the enormous power accrued to the Soviet Union at the end of WWII (August 1945). Hence, the need for a Cold War which was promptly launched in a speech by Winston Churchill (who had a long obsessive hatred for the Soviets) in March of 1946 in Fulton, Missouri. (In fact, Churchill promoted a plan for an invasion of the Soviet Union that was never carried out.)
The author of this article largely understated the important role of a Rockfeller-promoted Zbigniew Brzezinski, a descendant of an old aristocratic family in Poland, who argued the concept of the necessity to dominate Eurasia in order to rule the world. This thinking is likely the reason why the US has stayed so long as a military force waging war in Afghanistan.