Thursday, December 9, 2010

Dwight D. Eisenhower photo portrait.Military Industrial Complex
The term originated in a speech given by former US President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Farewell Address to the Nation on January
17, 1971 in which he stated:

…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 statehouse,
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 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 military
industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous
rise of displaced power exists and will persist…”
Dwigth D. Eisenhower, The Military Industrial Complex: with an Introduction by Jesse Smith
(Portland: Basementia Publications, 2006)

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