If there is a single policy that can perpetuate the “Washington Consensus”, then it is the notion that Uncle Sam is always in the look out for additional funds for weaponry, because as everyone knows from listening to Fox News and CNN (official US state ideology), America is always suppose to be ‘under threat’ from nations like Russia, China, and Iran1.
The military-industrial complex has skillfully employed the tactic of instilling fear in the US public, leading politicians to authorize additional funds for expanding the weapons arsenal. During the Cold War, there may have been some rationale behind the approach of using nuclear weapons as a deterrent for a great power conflict. However, it became obsolete when America’s ‘unipolar moment’ arrived as was put by Charles Krauthammer in Foreign Affairs in the early 1990s. Additionally, the deterrence theory was largely disproven with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine whose origins lie in a failure to promote diplomatic solutions over military alliances as a means to guarantee the long peace.