Jan. 17, 1961: Ike's Historic Speech Warned of Military-Industrial Complex

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Jan 17, 2011
Ike warned of 'military-industrial complex' 50 years ago

By David Jackson, USA TODAY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUXtyIQjubU&feature=player_embedded

Today is the 50th anniversary of a very historic White House speech, one that resonates to this day: Dwight Eisenhower's warning against "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," Ike said that night. "The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist."

As a general, Eisenhower led the U.S. to victory in World War II. As president, he presided over an era of unprecedented prosperity, one also shadowed by nuclear weapons, Cold War rivalry with the Soviet Union, civil rights abuses at home, and concerns about America's proper role in the world.

Eisenhower, days from being replaced by John F. Kennedy, tapped a sense of anxiety in his farewell address of Jan. 17, 1961, noting the nation now had "a permanent armaments industry" and warning not to let it threaten democratic liberty.

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US military stuck in perpetual warfare

Fifty years ago, President Dwight D. Eisenhower warned United States citizens against the military industrial complex but it seems that warning was not taken to heart. Author Russ Baker says fifty years later, it is much worse than what Eisenhower warned against, it keeps us in a state of low grade panic all the time.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T49LHBXJjBk
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