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The Permanent Militarization of America

President Dwight Eisenhower was a Republican and a career officer, and he would (apparently) have been appalled at the amount we’re wasting on the military today. The author of this article quotes him as saying that

“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.” “The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this: a modern brick school in more than 30 cities. It is two electric power plants, each serving a town of 60,000 population. It is two fine, fully equipped hospitals. It is some 50 miles of concrete highway. We pay for a single fighter plane with a half million bushels of wheat. We pay for a single destroyer with new homes that could have housed more than 8,000 people.”

Why can’t any Republican (or even Democratic) politicians stand up today and say the same things? Have they forgotten that the Cold War is over? That what we’re really fighting now is not a giant military machine, but an ideology? That the guys who caused 9/11 didn’t use tanks or warships, but box-cutters?

And how did they manage to forget the people who hunger and are not fed, who are cold and are not clothed? That also used to be part of the Repulican Faith. If we could afford to think of them in the 1950s, why can’t we now? Have we become THAT much poorer?
No, we haven’t. We’re not suffering from poverty. We’re suffering from bloat and group-think.

We’ve ignored Dwight D. Eisenhower’s warnings about the military-industrial complex, to our peril.

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