Author Topic: God won’t save us: Memorial Day, honest history and our new military-industrial complex  (Read 183 times)

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Patrick L. Smith
May 25, 2014

... I term it “the silent coup.” The thought comes as a question, not a thesis. Has our great country undergone a shift in power such that those at the very top of our defense, intelligence and security apparatuses are beyond civilian control and act autonomously in our names? Has “of the people, by the people, for the people” been replaced by “to the people?” Add to this list the senior echelons of management at corporations whose operations relate to these functions of government, and you have the question in full.

Shortened version of the above: Who is in charge in this country now, whose fingers are on the levers, and in the service of whom? ...

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Really surprised that Salon ran this.
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When Eisenhower delivered his famous military-industrial complex speech, three days before he left office in 1961, it was assumed that he had issued Americans a warning, a call to vigilance. Not so. Andrew Bacevich, the former Army officer who now writes incisively of the world he left behind, did some work in the Eisenhower archives and afterward asserted that Ike’s subtle intent was to describe to Americans what had already taken place.

Mr. Bacevich may be right, I'm not sure.

See what you think:

Full Farewell Address:

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Military Industrial Complex extract:

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Some background commentary:

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(A very good article, raises some interesting questions, thanks for posting.)

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