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Why We Fight. by Eugene Jarecki Documentary

Dwight Eisenhower in his farewell challenged the USA not to let the Military Industrial Complex run the USA as the military power of the states grew. 

Eisenhower warned: “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.

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.

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.

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.”

Watch it critically, every man has his bias.
We have seen the fruit of this military industrial complex first hand here in the Philippines.
  • Brandon

    If you are interested in the takeover of the military industrial complex in the US, look into the privatization of prisons in the US. These two go hand in hand.Prisons in the US manufacture 90% of the basic, non-weaponry standard issue infantry gear. Federal prisons must pay inmates minimum wage for their work, but private prisons can pay as little as 40 or 50 cents an hour.Colorado has seen its prison population double in the last ten years, with the arrival of private superprisons.Brandon