"American politicians, Trump included, like to accuse Europe of “not carrying their rightful defense burden.” What they really mean is that Europe is not paying enough to support the American Imperium. The US is not in Europe and Asia for humanitarian reasons; they form the two key spheres of US world power."
Precisely. And the above paragraph's sentiments also showed up when certain right wing voices insisted on Iraq paying for U.S. military protection... without a word mentioned about all that was eviscerated in the way of formerly functioning infrastructure, not to mention the loss of lives.
And while AIPAC is influential, too many people suppose that all the "military aid" to Israel is pure altruism... as opposed to net PAYOUTS to the weapons' firms that are the economic Siamese twin to the Military Industrial Complex. Israel also serves as one of those strategic steppingstones, as do Japan (newly beefing up its military) and South Korea, among other Hot Spots.
Unfortunately, the following quote makes it clear that Margolis may well be a closet fan of Trump's:
"No one in the US has dared question this post-war imperial status quo until the bulldozing Mr. Trump. Small wonder he is so hated and vilified. Trump directly threatens America’s military-industrial-Wall Street complex and its role as a world hegemon. Trump questions carte blanche for Israel, and America’s entire system of government which has been profoundly corrupted by oceans of money."