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50 years later, Eisenhower's grim warning on military profit rings true

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posted on Jan, 18 2011 @ 12:07 AM
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50 years later, Eisenhower's grim warning on military profit rings true


www.rawstory.com

And in 2011, as the US -- with some 5 percent of the world's population -- spends nearly half of all the money spent in the world on defense, the warning seems prescient to some -- and perhaps even too tame for others.

At The Independent, Rupert Cornwell argues that Ike had it right.

Adjusted for inflation, US national security spending has more than doubled since Eisenhower left office. Year after year, the defence budget seems to rise – irrespective of whether the country is actually fighting major wars,
(visit the link for the full news article)




posted on Jan, 18 2011 @ 12:07 AM
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Boy does it EVER ring true.

In fact, this may be the single BIGGEST problem we and the rest of the world are facing at large today.

When 40 cents on every dollar in circulation's accumulated debt is going back into funding wars and invasions, you know there is something SERIOUSLY wrong with this picture.

It has become one big giant profiteering venture for the likes of War and weapon profiteering mega-corps such as GE and Lockheed Martin, and these people have heavy hands in our foreign policies. And it just keeps getting more and more out of control. Profiteering off of endless wars and death.

President Eisenhower was eerily prophetic in this speech, given exactly 50 years ago to this day:



But I bet even HE had no idea that this War machine would and profiteering would rise to such grotesque and out of control levels. He must be rolling in his grave to see what has happened, and what he warned us all against.

www.rawstory.com
(visit the link for the full news article)
edit on 18-1-2011 by DimensionalDetective because: (no reason given)



posted on Jan, 18 2011 @ 12:17 AM
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Thank you for posting that. He was truly a visionary and a great president. I wish we had one like him now.

Every American should watch this video.



posted on Jan, 18 2011 @ 12:23 AM
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It's not like Eisenhower wouldn't know either, considering he was famous as a WW2 US general before he ever ran for president.



posted on Jan, 18 2011 @ 12:33 AM
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I noticed that MSNBC's Rachel Maddow covered the 50th anniversary of President Eisenhower's grave warning on her program tonight. Rarely do I watch her show, but I was shocked that MSNBC (owned by General Electric) would permit such an agenda to be promoted. But it certainly appears that MSNBC is following the party lines of the Democrats and adhering to President Obama's agenda.

I'm starting to wonder whether President Obama is going to further slash defense spending much like President Clinton did following the Reagan/Bush Sr. Administrations in order to divert miltary spending to promote more social welfare programs. But I'm not sure how that's going to help the economy given the fact that so many defense contractors and researchers will lose their jobs and only boost the unemployment rate. Many of these positions can not be outsourced given the security clearance requirements and citizenship guidelines.

The problem with the military-industrial complex is not its existence but it's wasteful spending on failed programs. We should give credit especially to DARPA for its revolutionary technological innovations including the Internet and other robotic and aerospace innovations. I fear that the reducing of defense spending will stifle innovative R&D developments and ingenuity. And the spectre of Red China and Russia still looms over our Nation.

I hope that the NWO isn't deliberately destablizing our country's defense in order to faciliate the emergence of a one-world government. Perhaps this is the underlying, behind the scenes conflict between the Pentagon and the CIA, and the military-industrial complex and the CFR/Trilateral Commission/Illuminati.

But who really knows for sure...


edit on 18-1-2011 by Lou Minotti because: Spelling error



posted on Jan, 18 2011 @ 12:34 AM
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We have created in the Military Industrial Complex the ultimate and perfect BEAST, that exists only to grow, expand and defend itself at all cost, by acquiring the very things it needs to do that.

We have without a doubt given it what it has wanted at each and every turn, and sadly in the process even learned to worship this beast.

USA we're number 1! Yeah we turned that country into a parking lot, as we marvel at the efficiency and technology and take some perverse national pride in it. In fact it's led to such an overwhelming opinion of our ability to make war, that they few casualties we suffer in comparison to the horrendous ones we inflict are seen as the desperate measures of 'criminals' who really just don't appreciate like we do, that our stand off and attack weapons that so unbalance the playing field make us so cool, well it's a crime to stand in the way of our killing machine(s).

So now this perfect beast rings the planet with sattelites orbiting the earth, planes and drones in the skies, military bases in 153 nations around the globe, fleets of ships on top of the sea, and fleets of submarines in it.

It now watches every thing and anything and listens to anything and everything too and can bring massive wide spread death and destruction anywhere within scant minutes, or small attack by remote control drone in an hour or so too.

No it's doubtful Ike even envisioned this Beast growing to these proportions, poor Ike imagined we would have the good sense to stop feeding this Beast at some point, but since the Beast flatters far too many of us, too many of us love to flatter it back and keep feeding the thing.

In fact none of us even know how big or how terrible this beast has grown or what all it really could do, because there is so much top secret development and designations attached to some of it's appendages.

Now 50 years later we really have as a nation become little more than a mercanary enterprise for war, building and creating hardly anything of value except the things this beast wants and needs. Employing it to secure resources and foreign policy by threat and intimidation to favor the mega international corporations and banks that have grown right along with this beast.

A beast that in fact will gladly target and kill each and any one of us, or everyone of us, if we dare to stop feeding it and praising it.

The American Dream turned into a nightmare, a nightmare too many Americans would prefer not to address because it's about the only thing they have left of the dream that allows us the notion of some great superiority over the rest of the world.

Yet, the truth is there is a much higher price than the one we have simply paid in dollars and cents, and sense in building this beast, one that will ultimately have to be payed in blood for unleashing such a thing on the world with absolutely no honest control of it.

For all it's Christian principles America loves and worships this Beast and that's the saddest thing of all, I don't see how such a destructive thing, that at it's heart and soul is all about death and destruction could ever lead to anything good and indeed it hasn't.

Americans live in more fear because of this Beast than the peace it was believed to have promised, the Beast in fact is so powerful the only thing those who stand against it can do is make small random short lived acts of politically inspired violence (terrorism) and now this beast lords over us with much of the same technology in an atmosphere of total and constant fear.

Fear that doesn't just stop there but always includes that notion some one else might build a better beast, the Russians or the Chinese, so we better keep feeding ours and give it what ever it wants.

In fact our whole society now is geared towards sustaining, feeding, and growing, and protecting this beast, and most of the few liberties we have left are in fact all centered around that.

Ike could have only guessed at all these things, knowing the ambitions and plans of the men who kept pressing then to fund and grow it.

I don't know the solution for what to do about this beast, but I really worry what it's solution is about what to do about us!


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posted on Jan, 18 2011 @ 12:38 AM
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I'm reminded of Mel Gibson character's lines in the "Conspiracy Theory" movie:

JERRY
There are all kinds of groups, all
kinds of initials. But they're
all part of two warring factions.
One: families that have held
wealth for centuries [i.e. Bilderbergers, Illuminati, CFR, Trilateral Commission, Knights of Malta]
They want one thing. Stability.
Group Two: the boat rockers [i.e. Pentagon, military-industrial complex, intelligence community]
Eisenhower's military industrial
complex. They want instability.
It's a trillion dollar a year
business. When there isn't a hot
war, they make a cold one.

LIZA
Cold War's over, Jerry.

JERRY
So now they feed us terrorists.
To create fear. How much do you
think an airport security system
goes for? Then multiply it by
every airport in the country.



posted on Jan, 18 2011 @ 04:05 AM
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A great topic .
The Military Industrial Complex doesn't even provide any designs that would be of any use under genuine war time conditions . Anything from modern day warships to the F-22 are to complex and expensive to be mass produced . The side who produces the most and has the most manpower will win a war . Yeah and to many retired Generals to top up there bank accounts by going to work for the Military Industrial Complex as lobbyists or in some other role . Philosophically one of the most telling I have heard and seen is Robert McNamara observing * that he had been around war all his life from his service in WW2 to his time as the head of the world bank . Maybe war and conflict becomes to much of normal state of being for some and they might not even realize .

* McNamara makes this observation in the terrific documentary The Fog of War Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert McNamara .



posted on Jan, 18 2011 @ 06:18 AM
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Great thread double D . I dont think that anyone here is under any false impressions about the way the MIC works, there were some PERFECT threads containing detailed explanations of its workings and intent, related to the 9/11 incident as I recall , back when I first started here.
Its a worthy thing to remind us all that the world was warned against this viral growth in the midst of us. However, dont forget , this complex is not just an American problem. It has grown roots into every western nation, and has agents in every weapon buying demographic known to exist, be they terrorist, military, or organised criminal elements. The MIC is truely one of the most awful threats to this planet, that has ever existed.



posted on Jan, 18 2011 @ 07:16 AM
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Eisenhower knew what was coming, it was the reason for his warning. Looks like he was pressured into accepting the MIC it after JFK got assassinated and no proper investigation was launched. He could not stop them then and they have just gotten bigger and more powerful since. The drain that is being placed on the economy is one way the MIC will fall if not leashed. Unfortunately this way will hurt all of America. Investigations like the pornography racket at the pentagon, church committee and a new 9/11 investigation is another way to help rain in this reckless power.



posted on Jan, 18 2011 @ 08:01 AM
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Originally posted by Lou Minotti
I noticed that MSNBC's Rachel Maddow covered the 50th anniversary of President Eisenhower's grave warning on her program tonight. Rarely do I watch her show, but I was shocked that MSNBC (owned by General Electric) would permit such an agenda to be promoted. But it certainly appears that MSNBC is following the party lines of the Democrats and adhering to President Obama's agenda.

I'm starting to wonder whether President Obama is going to further slash defense spending much like President Clinton did following the Reagan/Bush Sr. Administrations in order to divert miltary spending to promote more social welfare programs. But I'm not sure how that's going to help the economy given the fact that so many defense contractors and researchers will lose their jobs and only boost the unemployment rate. Many of these positions can not be outsourced given the security clearance requirements and citizenship guidelines.

The problem with the military-industrial complex is not its existence but it's wasteful spending on failed programs. We should give credit especially to DARPA for its revolutionary technological innovations including the Internet and other robotic and aerospace innovations. I fear that the reducing of defense spending will stifle innovative R&D developments and ingenuity. And the spectre of Red China and Russia still looms over our Nation.

I hope that the NWO isn't deliberately destablizing our country's defense in order to faciliate the emergence of a one-world government. Perhaps this is the underlying, behind the scenes conflict between the Pentagon and the CIA, and the military-industrial complex and the CFR/Trilateral Commission/Illuminati.

But who really knows for sure...


edit on 18-1-2011 by Lou Minotti because: Spelling error


Obama had his chance. Instead, he increased defense spending and lowered domestic spending. Obama is part of the war machine, too.

Even closing down Gitmo (remember his big signing on TV, when he signed the order to close Gitmo)..yeah, it is still open and running.

Do you wonder who is really in charge?

And the problem with the military industrial complex has little to do with waste, and everything to do with the murdering of people in foreign lands for the purpose of raping their nation of its resources.
edit on 18-1-2011 by bigfatfurrytexan because: (no reason given)



posted on Jan, 18 2011 @ 10:38 AM
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Yes-His flip-flop on Guantanamo was quite telling, as was his flip flop on all the promises he made about Iraq.

He has proven beyond the shadow of a doubt that he is just another slick talking pathological liar, as have been the past several POTUSes. None of us should even be surprised by this anymore, as every 'election' is nothing more than a continuance of hoodwinking and shafting the citizens with another percieved 'change' (as this guy ran his whole campaign on), and then we quickly have our noses rubbed in the "meet the new boss, same as the old boss" shenanigans. And that's BECAUSE the POTUS >aint< the boss, as we can see. lol



posted on Jan, 18 2011 @ 10:48 PM
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I think President Eisenhower was well-aware of how well grave the consequences were of opposing the military-industrial complex. But at his old, wise age, I believe his farewell address was the telling culmination of his concerns and forebodings. It was a courageous move by a brave, honorable Officer and public servant.

I've always wondered about General Patton's mysterious auto accident crash. But I don't believe he ever had any political aspirations or any desire whatsoever to oppose the military-industrial complex. If anything, he was far too aggressive and overzealous which may have worried TPTB and those who did not wish to seek further conflict with the Soviet Union.

But by that reasoning, General MacArthur should also have been politically assassinated by seeking war against China and he also actively pursued political office. So I'm not so sure that General Patton was taken out. But who really knows for sure...

As to our current President, we must keep in mind that the Pentagon and CIA share funding and a common interest. If it is true that President Obama was groomed and prepared by the CFR and the CIA, it would logically make sense that he would be beholden to the military-industrial complex and an aggressive foreign policy. The Pentagon and the CIA & CFR aren't always on the same page but they alike pursue the agenda of the military-industrial complex nonetheless.

I think it's undeniable that Obama was first approached by Zbigniew Brzezinski who realized and foresaw Obama's great potential and political savvy. After President Bush's political capital deteriorated, who better to resurrect the NWO agenda than a liberal, articulate African-American President. Hence, we have the Obama Deception.

And therein lies the rationale for President Obama's comment that he feels treated like a "dog" of lobbyists and the shadow forces that shape Washington.

President Clinton also fully realized the lurking presence of the NWO and the shadow government:

“There's a secret government, inside the government…and I don't control it.”…

But he may he have been referring to the powerful presence of the CIA, NSA, NRO, and other black budget programs. If anything, I believe that Clinton was part of the Illuminati/CFR contingent and not beholden to the military-industrial complex judging by his cuts in defense spending.

But perhaps that has changed since the Bush Administration and neo-conservatives took the rein..



posted on Jun, 24 2012 @ 10:02 AM
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Excellent stuff!

Could he have been talking about the Saudi connection or the Illuminati?




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