You noted the Marshall Plan was the precursor to EU. Awhile back while watching Charlie Rose interview one of the 4 stars (think McChrystal) said the Marshall Plan was military counterinsurgency shrouded as economic aid. Truth? Or does someone like that just see history from the barrel of the gun?
On a playful side conspiratorial note, what are the chances of an American coup by the 4 stars? Bryan Caplan once blogged 5% chance if someone like Ron Paul won office. I believe they have had total control since JFK. Presidents and admins come and go, the generals always linger.
If/when the American Empire breaks up, would it be like Rome where the generals divvy up the country?