Military-industrial complex


“[The] conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence — economic, political, even spiritual — is felt in every city, every statehouse, every office of the federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society.

In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.

We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals so that security and liberty may prosper together.”
Dwight D. Eisenhower (January 17, 1961)

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3 thoughts on “Military-industrial complex

  1. You’re welcome. Considering how nervous I was just asking questions, I have mad respect for what all three of you did last night.

  2. Well, I thought you brought up a good point concerning Huckabee and his “God’s candidate” tactic. I let the other two duel it out on the faith and abortion stuff and just stuck with economy and foreign policy. 🙂

    I wasn’t nervous but I was frustrated that I didn’t have time to practice my intro, hence I ran out of time. Oh well. Overall it was a lot of fun.

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