Iraq is merely the first step to the imposition of "full spectrum dominance" upon the world. What does it mean?
This is either 1) an adventure cooked in the fertile minds of the masters of the Project for a New Ameican Century, a fringe group who will eventually be swallowed up in the progressive mainstream...
or 2) a return of the whole capitalist system to the imperialism of the 19th and early 20th centuries.
If it is 2), then we can imagine capitalism itself as a hostage scenario writ large. Capital is willing to threaten all labor with mass death rather than give up its claim to the surplus, & it is thus willing to re-impose imperialism upon the world to save that claim. This regression is going on today, and we can therefore envision the 1960s/ 1970s as the apex of development of our whole civilization, and expect our remaining years to be increasingly characterized by signs of decline.
I'm hoping for 1) .