Today’s Bob Herbert column, courtesy of True Blue Liberal —
Eisenhower delivered his farewell address to a national television and radio audience in January 1961. â€œThis conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience,â€ he said. He recognized that this development was essential to the defense of the nation. But he warned that â€œwe must not fail to comprehend its grave implications.â€
â€œThe potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist,â€ he said. â€œWe must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes.â€ It was as if this president, who understood war as well or better than any American who ever lived, were somehow able to peer into the future and see the tail of the military-industrial complex wagging the dog of American life, with inevitably disastrous consequences. …
… The way you keep the wars coming is to keep the populace in a state of perpetual fear. That allows you to continue the insane feeding of the military-industrial complex at the expense of the rest of the nationâ€™s needs. â€œBefore long,â€ said Mr. Jarecki in an interview, â€œthe military ends up so overempowered that the rest of your national life has been allowed to atrophy.â€
Be sure to read the whole thing.