The best line I have heard against ‘big’ government and wars:
All wars are full of incompetence, mendacity, fear, and lies. War is big government, authoritarianism, central planning, command and control, and bureaucracy in its most naked form and on the largest scale. The Pentagon is the Post Office with nuclear weapons…is this a suggestion to put the current war in context? Not at all. It is suggestion to put government in context [source].