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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,
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