By James Corbett, June 29th, 2013.

Of all the things that President Dwight D. Eisenhower did during his years in office, it is for a single phrase from his farewell address that he is best remembered today: “the military-industrial complex.”

            “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.”

            It is not difficult to see why these words passed so quickly into the political lexicon. Think of their explanatory power.

            Why did the US use inflated estimates of Russian missile capabilities to justify stockpiling a nuclear arsenal that was more than sufficient to destroy the planet several times over?

            The military-industrial complex.

            Why did America send 50,000 of its own to fight and die in the jungles of Vietnam, killing untold ...
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