Moar of the Same - Plus Moar!John Bright's definition of imperialism, via AJP Taylor:
A gigantic system of out-relief for the British aristocracy.
Yes, and where the British sent dullard baronets' sons to India, America sends Simone Ledeen types to Iraq*. Upper class welfare for laissez-faire worshiping hypocrites and monsters. Same as it ever was... except we have an even more manly type of Elite for whom even riding the Green Zone gravy train is too dangerous. These people get a different, easier sort of welfare, more lucrative in terms of steady cash and, most importantly, direct access to power: it's called punditry.
*Cf. this and this.