An astute analyst described the 2016 presidential election as a contest between the CIA and the military, each with its own candidate.
That same analyst stated that Trump wanted to pull Russia away from its alliance with China, thereby limiting the economic resources needed to maintain world wide military dominance. Thus it is remarkable to see how the generals, who backed Trump as soon as he took the lead in the Republican presidential primary, and now have taken over his foreign policy positions, will have none of it and want to reinvigorate the Russia China alliance and keep preparing for war against both at once.
These Generals seem to have no grasp of economics and more specifically, the meager resources available to the U.S. to undertake such a military posture over an extended period of years. Ironically, until recently China and to a lesser extent Russia were lending us the money to fund our military through their purchase of treasury bonds. Lately they have been selling, presumably to central banks.
We now have elements of the deep state fighting with one another - competing for scarce resources, generating conflicting factions within the intelligence community and now competing with the military. As the bureaucracy metastasized and generated multiple fiefdoms, this kind of conflict became inevitable. And as the CIA formed and funded armed proxy forces which then went rogue requiring U.S. military intervention resulting in the deaths of American soldiers in the clean up operation, natural tensions have arisen. The abortive raid in Yemen (which the enemy knew was coming) is a classic example.
And now the Republican Congress is talking up Greek style "austerity" with no stimulus and paying down the national debt. This will end badly. We either inflate or crash, and in either case working class anger increases, and with austerity it boils over quickly.