In the march of imperialism, there’s no stopping the war industry

In his excellent op-ed “The fatal expense of imperialism” (Opinion, Oct. 31), Jeffrey D. Sachs failed to mention an important driver in the useless continuation of US involvement in Middle East wars. The Department of Defense is perhaps the world’s largest corporation, and like all global corporations, it runs on automatic, using its expertise to continue doing what it has been doing.

People make their careers in planning for war, warfighting functions, and designing and manufacturing weapon systems. These people include military officers, civilian strategists, and those who work in the all-important industrial complex that supports the business.

Like other global corporations, this machine seems to exist beyond the control of political governance.

Charles Phillips