Speaking with unusual candor, Powell reminds people that the US exists “to fight.” The secretary of state is revealing something usually kept secret. The US is an empire, and one of the things empires do is fight to create, maintain, or enlarge themselves. This essay investigates a category of oligarchs or elites—those responsible for the overall management of imperial violence—who in Bush II’s regime came to be known as the Vulcans. In the next section the Vulcans are presented. In the following section, a ‘deadly sirens’ framework is developed for explaining their actions. Then in the third section, this framework is applied to the Vulcans’ activities, showing how they contributed to Gulf War II.