"These massive concentrations of American military power outside the United States are not needed for our defense. They are, if anything, a prime contributor to our numerous conflicts with other countries. They are also unimaginably expensive. According to Anita Dancs, an analyst for the website Foreign Policy in Focus, the United States spends approximately $250 billion each year maintaining its global military presence. The sole purpose of this is to give us hegemony -- that is, control or dominance -- over as many nations on the planet as possible."
Back when I was doing the Project I complained that the Founders hated standing armies and ours goes without saying. But then they had studied empires and knew another one first-hand -- from the opposite end of the gun barrel, too.