I would add one final dirty little secret to the conduct of the US government in today's world that puts a new slant to all that Chris Hayes detailed.
It was something I never would have thought of until Mort Kondrake heatedly blurted it out on The McLaughlin Group some time back. I vaguely remember the argument pertained to controlling valuable resources (oil or cocaine?) somewhere, when he shouted that it wasn't about the controlling the "resource," it's all about "controlling the wealth" generated by the resource.
Our dealings in the Middle East, Iraq, Sudan, Afghanistan and Columbia, just to name a few, make perfect sense when you understand that either we control the wealth or we control he who holds the wealth--or we'll kill you.