The insane neocons (with the long-term bipartisan duopoly support of their neoliberal cousins) effectively have all their eggs in one basket of military supremacy and nuclear supremacy.
The predatory looting class in its unmanaged greed has hollowed out the US economy. The US financial system is primed to fall again, due to decades of neoliberalism and unrestrained looting. US leadership is terrified of the looming loss of “dollar hegemony” and dollar-denominated oil, the last supports for their house of cards. Countries that have moved to price oil in currencies other than the dollar include Iran, Iraq, and Libya, a fact that is not merely co-incidental to those countries suffering invasion, overthrow, sanctions and threats. But now China and Russia are creating global alternative currencies for pricing and trading in oil.
The last “trump” card in the US hand is war, unlimited war, war that they flatter themselves the rest of the world will endlessly acquiesce to, war to cling to “their precious” oil and their fever dream of limitless fossil-fueled growth, profit, and power.
The long string of US war moves in MENA (Middle East / North Africa) have revolved around control of the world’s prime energy supply: Since the US and British installed the Shah in Iran in 1953; Since the Carter Doctrine declared Middle East energy resources to be part of US “national security” in the 1970s; Since Carter and Brzezinski funded the Islamic resistance to the Soviet Union in Afghanistan in the late 1970s; Since Bush I followed the destruction of Panama with the “First Gulf War” against Iraq in the early 1990s; Very blatantly since Bush II fronted for the neocon cabal and launched the “Global War on Terror” in 2002; Through wars and sanctions and destabilization and related mayhem and mass murder in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, just to name several prominent recent stages for this escalating US war.
Things are not looking good for peace. There’s a reason (beyond simple budgetary graft and contractor profits) that the US war budget keeps going preposterously higher, year after year. These maniacs plan to win WWIII, they are primed to escalate as far as they need to to avert losing financially or politically, and they think it all makes sense.