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Exit Strategy or Essentially Endless?

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Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.
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It’s the Military Industrial Complex, Stupid!

By Tom Degan

“In the councils of government we must guard against the acquisition of power, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties and democratic processes.”

Dwight D. Eisenhower
from his final address to the nation
January 17, 1961

For all his flaws (and he had many) I like Ike.

That has got to be at least the seventh or eighth time I’ve used that quotation since I started this site almost four years ago; the second time I’ve used it this year alone. It’s content and meaning cannot be emphasized enough. I’ll probably use it again before the year is out. It is the most prophetic statement made by an American president in the twentieth century.

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