The Cold War was a very profitable business that served many, and that is why it lasted so long.
When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, the "Soviet threat" was quickly replaced with the "Muslim threat" and the "War on Terror" took over from the Cold War.
The fragility of the system rises in direct proportion to the policy extremes being pursued by vested interests focused on protecting their privileges regardless of cost.
It is late in the game. If you do not stand up for truth, you will have no freedom as there is no freedom without truth.
"This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence — economic, political, even spiritual — is felt in every city, every statehouse, every office of the federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society. In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military–industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists, and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals so that security and liberty may prosper together."
President Dwight D. Eisenhower
Dwight D. Eisenhower was a five-star general in charge of the Normandy Invasion and a popular two-term President of the United States. Today he would be called a "conspiracy theorist."
Were Ike to be issuing his warning from the White House today, conservative Republicans like Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) would be screaming at Ike for impugning the motives of "the patriotic industry that protects our freedom."
OUR GOVERNMENT AND MANY IF NOT MOST OF OUR SO CALLED LEADERS HAVE GONE INTO BUSINESS FOR THEMSELVES. THEY ARE FAR MORE INTERESTED IN POWER AND MONEY THAN THEY ARE IN THE BUSINESS OF "WE THE PEOPLE."