To limit education, real education, to the rich and near rich, is the point. To discourage independent thought among the masses, is the goal.
Without pressure, such as the Cold War exerted, there is no need to create a population of intelligence driven people, who can challenge authority.
Note how in the 1960s and 70s so many people protested the War in Vietnam.
Notice how no one protests the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and wherever else America troops are deployed.
No one cares.
No one cares about the soldiers, whether in the line of fire or as Veterans living under a bridge. That those who join the armed forces don’t realise this is not surprising.
Those who volunteer to join the military are considered expendable by society.