But all this context is relevant as an indictment of the elite leadership class of the United States of America... If everyone cares as much about the loss of innocent African life as Libya interventionists say, then what on earth are they doing ponying up so little in foreign aid and doing so little to dismantle ruinous cotton subsidies? These aren’t really points about Libya... I see no particular reason to think that Libya will have any impact on malaria funding, but I do think the level of malaria funding is impacted over the long term by the existence of a substantial number of people ... who seem to advocate for humanitarian goals in Africa if and only if those goals can be advanced through the use of military force to kill other Africans.
(I clipped that down quite a bit, so I encourage you to read the post in full.)
This isn't to say that individuals in the American governing class actually prefer killing people in order to advance goals, be they strategic, economic, or humanitarian in nature. Just like I don't think anyone who advances escalating the drug war intends to effectively wage a war on poor urban minorities. But at some point you really have to take a step back and recognize that it looks an awful lot like that.
This is a systemic problem of having a gigantic standing military, or a massively militarized police force. When your only tools--or at least the ones in which you've invested an overwhelming amount of your resources--are big, shiny hammers, every problem you encounter starts to look like a nail.