"We annually spend on military security more than the net income of all United States corporations. This 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...
"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."
Eisenhower, a five-star general, who became president spoke these words in 1961. Can we hear them now, so many years later? If we can, we can perhaps better understand what has happened to our representatives, and work for change. I read a review by Jay Walljasper of "Why We Fight" in Ode Magazine.
One problem is this. Chalmers Johnson, a former CIA consultant and president of the Japan Policy Research Institute says, "When war becomes that profitable you are going to see more of it."
Ah, yes, profit. The American dream used to be about freedom. Now, it is profit, and anyone who interferes, beware.
"Historian and journalist Gwynne Dyer - who served in the U.S. Navy and taught military history at top-level military colleges in Canada and Britain, translates the Bush doctrine this way: 'The U.S. will do what it wants - and those who oppose it will be punished."
Let's all see the movie, "Why We Fight," and be reminded of why we shouldn't.