U.S. PRESIDENT TRUMP’S GOAL of pulling troops from the Middle East threatens the established order that has dominated the American economy and foreign policy since the end of the Second World War.
The term “military-industrial complex” was first used by another Republican president, Dwight D. Eisenhower. He warned that government policy was being dictated by the war industry, euphemistically called the “defense industry.” In his farewell address in 1961, Eisenhower cautioned that the United States must “guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence…by the military-industrial complex.”
Eisenhower believed that the military-industrial complex was subverting national interests and promoting participation in the nuclear arms race.
David Charbonneau is a retired TRU electronics instructor who hosts a blog at http://www.eyeviewkamloops.wordpress.com.