The Washington Post's revelations re the amazing growth of the U.S. intelligence community since 2001 -- so that we now have 1,271 agencies employing more than 854,000 payrollers -- makes no sense, until one recognizes that this vast development must be for offensive, not defensive, purposes. The explosion in the spy budget from $30 billion to $75 billion since 9/11 is perplexing until you realize it only parallels what is happening across the broad spectrum of the military-industrial complex. Everywhere you turn, everywhere you look, American militarism is on the march like a thousand Sousa bands blaring at once. According to a report of the Stockholm Internatonal Peace Research Institute, U.S. military spending for 2009 accounted for 43% of the world total, followed by China, with 6.6%; France, 4.2%; and U.K. with 3.8%Where the U.S. allocated "only" $272-billion for "defense" in fiscal year 2000, today's "defense" budget is $711 billion. The U.S. Navy, for example, is larger than the next 11 navies of the world combined.