He points out that in many ways the framework for this empire was constructed out of necessity during World War II, the aftermath and the Cold War. Bases spread across the world in order to contain the Soviet Union and Americans and the west in general believed it had a responsibility to defend all nations against communism. This was not intentional imperialism but lead to the use of imperial methods and "the habitual use of imperial methods for forty years became addictive."
"During the 13 year period after the cold war a huge complex of interests, commitments and projects was woven together into a new political culture that parallels civil society." This complex, believes Johnson, is now Empire and it has a physical geography that can be traced. Its growth was masked by the cold war but when the cold war ended American triumphalism laid the groundwork for a shift to imperial thinking in the general population. On Point explores the rise of militarism in America with Author Chalmers Johnson.
Chalmers Johnson, president of the Japan Policy Research Institute, professor emeritus at the University of California, San Diego and author of "Blowback" and "The Sorrows of Empire: Militarism, Secrecy and the End of the Republic."
This program aired on February 19, 2004.