Here is an informative segment from March 22, 2019 (the 16th anniversary of the Iraq War) between progressive broadcaster and author Thom Hartmann and journalist Matt Taibbi, author of Griftopia and Hate Inc.: Why Today's Media Makes Us Despise One Another:
Related posts include: a view of the Pentagon's natal horoscope which shows a revealing midpont picture of potentials with the Pentagon's natal Mars (the warrior) as apex planet: Neptune-MC (Utopian ideas; crooks or swindlers) = Mars: 'the tendency to act without clear understanding or purpose; desire to bring the wrong ideas into realization' (like policing and subjugating the globe at US taxpayers' expense? like depopulating the planet? - jc); 'a desire to harm other people' (as you know, war and perpetual wars always do this - jc); (midpoint picture potentials from Ebertin's The Combination of Stellar Influences; any, all, or none may apply and are subject to transits, progressions, and directions.).
And of course, US natal Mars turning retrograde by progression in 2006 (during Bush-Cheney's Iraq and Afghanistan wars) adds its self-defeating yet weakening fuel to the Death Star's vicious fire (often misdirected---US Mars squares foggy Neptune, Gemini to Virgo) and accounts for much of the violence against ourselves that Americans now experience (exs: mass murders; sad uptick in suicides), plus, it provides a difficult cosmic picture of our returning veterans. As for financial issues including the current military budget, a major influence is that US natal Jupiter turned retrograde by progression in 1905 @15Cancer--conjunct the Pentagon's natal Ascendant and in plenty of time to lie the American people into World War I - what some call, a ritual sacrifice instigated by decrepit old warmongers and profiteers (big bankers) against our younger generations who suffer so 'the elite' don't have to.