Warnings unheeded

Nearly 50 years ago, another Republican president said farewell to the nation with a warning about the growing strength of the ties between the military and corporations.  Eisenhower said:

Now 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. 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.

Tonight, Bush ended his own farewell address with references to Iraq — an unneeded war where private/corporate militias were heavily relied upon for fighting.

And Ike — a real Republican — rolls over in his grave.

Au revoir, Bush.  Be sure not to cause anymore catastrophes on your way out, if you can help it.

One Response to “Warnings unheeded”

  1. Jim Hyder says:

    The past is the past, but if we do not bring the perpetrators of the worst 8 years of America since the revolution we might as well hang a sign on the Statue of Liberty that says “For Sale.” I cannot ever forgive the Bush regime for hurting the morale of America, stealing so much of it’s soul, sinking our country into the biggest debtor nation on the planet.


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