28 July 2008
"The Military-Industrial Complex: It’s Much Later Than You Think" by Chalmers Johnson (28 July 2008)
Beginning paragraph of Chalmers Johnson's essay on Common Dreams, "The Military-Industrial Complex: It’s Much Later Than You Think," Monday, 28 July 2008
"Most Americans have a rough idea what the term 'military-industrial complex' means when they come across it in a newspaper or hear a politician mention it. President Dwight D. Eisenhower introduced the idea to the public in his farewell address of January 17, 1961. 'Our military organization today bears little relation to that known by any of my predecessors in peacetime,' he said, 'or indeed by the fighting men of World War II and Korea… We have been compelled to create a permanent armaments industry of vast proportions… We must not fail to comprehend its grave implications… We must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex.'"
Original story available here: Common Dreams, "The Military-Industrial Complex: It’s Much Later Than You Think"
Via: Common Dreams