My last post of the day will be a little history (I can hear the sighs and see the eye rolls…..buck up….you will get over it)
I am always going on about the Military-Industrial Complex (M-IC)….basically it is the defense industry and all their contracts……and it has destroyed the fabric of our society….
I will admit that I did like Ike….while I am NO Republican or conservative by any stretch of the imagination there was something about Ike and his policies that I can appreciate. I am not saying that I agreed with everything that he set about doing just there were some parts of his admin policies that I can appreciate.
But mostly I appreciate his warning about the M-IC back in 1961 in his speech to the nation……
But thanx to the magic of social media…..you do not have to take my word for it….instead you can watch the speech for yourself……
Sadly no one would heed his warning and look what we have done today…..perpetual war.
Another thing….how did the Republicans go from Ike to the morons they have today?
But if you are still confused on what Ike was speaking about….I can help with that…….
There are the news stories that genuinely surprise you, and then there are the ones that you could write in your sleep before they happen. Let me concoct an example for you:“Top American and European military leaders are weighing options to step up the fight against the Islamic State in the Mideast, including possibly sending more U.S. forces into Iraq, Syria, and Libya, just as Washington confirmed the second American combat casualty in Iraq in as many months.”
Oh wait, that was actually the lead sentence in a May 3rd Washington Times piece by Carlo Muñoz. Honestly, though, it could have been written anytime in the last few months by just about anyone paying any attention whatsoever, and it surely will prove reusable in the months to come (with casualty figures altered, of course). The sad truth is that across the Greater Middle East and expanding parts of Africa, a similar set of lines could be written ahead of time about the use of Special Operations forces, drones, advisers, whatever, as could the sorry results of making such moves in [add the name of your country of choice here].
The M-IC feeds this beast that we have created…..IKE was very prophetic…..shame his warning was not heeded.