It is the task of statesmanship to mold, to balance, and to integrate these and other forces, new and old, within the principles of our democratic system -- ever aiming toward the supreme goals of our free society.
I pray that the coming years will be blessed with peace and prosperity for all. We now stand ten years past the midpoint of a century that has witnessed four major wars among great nations.
We should take nothing for granted. Pentagon contractor-funded American think tanks such as the Lexington Institute and the Atlantic Council have also demanded increased spending in view of the perceived Russian threat. Ledbetter finds the precise term used in in close to its later meaning in an article in Foreign Affairs by Winfield W.
In the late s James Kurth asserted, "By the mids Disarmament, with mutual honor and confidence, is a continuing imperative. That table, though scarred by many past frustrations, cannot be abandoned for the certain agony of the battlefield.
We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. In meeting them, whether foreign or domestic, great or small, there is a recurring temptation to feel that some spectacular and costly action could become the miraculous solution to all current difficulties.
We pray that peoples of all faiths, all races, all nations, may have their great human needs satisfied; that those now denied opportunity shall come to enjoy it to the full; that all who yearn for freedom may experience its spiritual blessings; that those who have freedom will understand, also, its heavy responsibilities; that all who are insensitive to the needs of others will learn charity; that the scourges of poverty, disease and ignorance will be made to disappear from the earth, and that, in the goodness of time, all peoples will come to live together in a peace guaranteed by the binding force of mutual respect and love.
Because this need is so sharp and apparent I confess that I lay down my official responsibilities in this field with a definite sense of disappointment. Eisenhower, My fellow Americans: We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes.
Akin to, and largely responsible for the sweeping changes in our industrial-military posture, has been the technological revolution during recent decades. Happily, I can say that war has been avoided.
We want democracy to survive for all generations to come, not to become the insolvent phantom of tomorrow.
We recognize the imperative need for this development. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. I mention two only.
Three days from now, after half a century in the service of our country, I shall lay down the responsibilities of office as, in traditional and solemn ceremony, the authority of the Presidency is vested in my successor. Despite these holocausts America is today the strongest, the most influential and most productive nation in the world.
In this final relationship, the Congress and the Administration have, on most vital issues, cooperated well, to serve the national good rather than mere partisanship, and so have assured that the business of the Nation should go forward.
Unhappily the danger is poses promises to be of indefinite duration. A vital element in keeping the peace is our military establishment.
This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. 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.
Only thus shall we remain, despite every provocation, on our charted course toward permanent peace and human betterment. Our arms must be mighty, ready for instant action, so that no potential aggressor may be tempted to risk his own destruction. It commands our whole attention, absorbs our very beings.
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. Wright Mills had claimed in his book The Power Elite that a class of military, business, and political leaders, driven by mutual interests, were the real leaders of the state, and were effectively beyond democratic control.
As of [update]the United States still had many bases and troops stationed globally. Progress toward these noble goals is persistently threatened by the conflict now engulfing the world.
Partly because of the huge costs involved, a government contract becomes virtually a substitute for intellectual curiosity.
Good judgment seeks balance and progress; lack of it eventually finds imbalance and frustration. The total influence—economic, political, even spiritual—is felt in every city, every statehouse, every office of the federal government. Down the long lane of the history yet to be written America knows that this world of ours, ever growing smaller, must avoid becoming a community of dreadful fear and hate, and be instead, a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect.
Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications.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. Military Industrial Complex in Vietnam Words May 2nd, 13 Pages On 26 JulyPresident Harry Truman approved a multi-million dollar military assistance package designed to help the French defeat a strong communist movement in French Indochina.
Military–industrial complex, or military–industrial–congressional complex, is a concept commonly used to refer to policy and monetary relationships between legislators, national armed forces, and the military industrial base that supports them.
State of War by Paul A.C. Koistinen. September 24, State of War: The Political Economy of American Warfare, (University Press of Kansas, pp., $) is the fifth and final volume of historian Paul Koistinen’s study.
World War II and the ensuing Cold War resulted in the development of a large and powerful defense establishment. Necessary though that development might be, Eisenhower warned, this new military-industrial complex could weaken or destroy the very institutions and principles it was designed to protect.
The US Military Industrial Congressional Complex, or MICC, needs to present alleged threats from China and Russia to fuel a new Cold War to justify the budgets needed to fund its new generation of weapons, Spinney pointed out.Download