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Military-Industrial Complex Speech, Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1961

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posted on Jan, 30 2007 @ 11:01 PM
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I have been reading this again and again. I have been trying to find a clue on some of the strangest things he mentioned on his:

Military-Industrial Complex Speech, Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1961


Until the latest of our world conflicts, the United States had no armaments industry. American makers of plowshares could, with time and as required, make swords as well. But now we can no longer risk emergency improvisation of national defense; we have been compelled to create a permanent armaments industry of vast proportions. Added to this, three and a half million men and women are directly engaged in the defense establishment. We annually spend on military security more than the net income of all United States corporations.


He basically stated that out of necessecity, we have established such a monstrous armament indsutry. Is there a shadow? or an unseen force behind this?


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 State house, 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.


He also sighted the immidiate influence of this in the daily lives of the Americans and did he just actually gave warning?


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


He knows the potential or maybe he had learned something during his term which made him say these words.


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.


Very clearly, he was aware of something, some unseen forces which are beyond his control.

It's a bit chilling if you try to analyze his speech.

Any thoughts on this?

[edit on 30-1-2007 by searching_for_truth]

[edit on 30-1-2007 by searching_for_truth]




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