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Monday, January 17, 2011

Happy Birthday Military Industrial Complex

Happy Birthday Military Industrial complex, 50 years ago today President Dwight Eisenhower gave his farewell address where he warned the world of the growing power and insidious influence of the Military Industrial complex.

Now this conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence -- economic, political, even spiritual -- is felt in every city, every Statehouse, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet, we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources, and livelihood are all involved. So is the very structure of our society.

Eisenhower also noted the social deprivation and distortions the military industrial complex breeds in an earlier speech...

The best would be this: a life of perpetual fear and tension; a burden of arms draining the wealth and the labor of all peoples; a wasting of strength that defies the American system or the Soviet system or any system to achieve true abundance and happiness for the peoples of this earth.

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.

This world in arms is not spending money alone.

It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.

The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this: a modern brick school in more than 30 cities.

It is two electric power plants, each serving a town of 60,000 population. It is two fine, fully equipped hospitals.

It is some fifty miles of concrete pavement.

We pay for a single fighter plane with a half million bushels of wheat.

We pay for a single destroyer with new homes that could have housed more than 8,000 people.

...now those were 1952 prices the abomination of technological horrors we mass produce make his numbers seem quaint.

America exemplifies the lust for war driven by corporate profit margins and it's deforming effects on foreign policy. Each year the US hand over billions to Israel for 'military aid' but the majority of the money has to be spent on the American Military Industrial Complex, any US politician brave enough to vote against this obscene corporate welfare quickly finds that any one of the vast factories purposely built in every state will suddenly find their factory closing and their name used as the reason for closure.

The use of 'communism' in South America was the justification to arm vast right wing paramilitary death squads to butcher and kill all for the United Fruit Company while the CIA set up brutal dictator after brutal dictator.

Hilariously in the South American CIA client states, the first economist sent to these dictators was none other than Milton Friedman, who would turn up and suggest ultra right wing free market dogma which in each case failed miserably. Friedman argued citizens wouldn't hand over their education system, health systems, democratic systems without a massive shock, like a CIA coup - and that it was only in the shock that citizens would allow their distributive wealth created social assets to be handed over to corporations. This little discussed history really questions the 'Free Market' when it needs such totalitarian dictatorships to run it with a purity only ever seen gleaming in the eyes of ACT party members.

And let's not forget the CIA backing of Saddam Hussein who received client state level after the CIA's coup in Iran turned nasty. Sure Saddam had weapons, the US sold them to him, and the less said about the blowback from arming Islamic fundamentalists like Osama Bin Laden in Afghanistan to fight the Soviets by proxy without rebuilding the nation once the Soviets left, only increases our collective ignorance about why people fly planes into buildings.

If there is no war going, the Military Industrial Complex finds a war and we all rally around whatever bullshit flag to crow about our freedom and democracy. Afghanistan is about oil and gas pipelines, it has nothing to do with women's rights.

So Happy Birthday Military Industrial Complex and all your insidious influence and evil making in the name of corporate profit share, may Wikileaks one day expose your horror and may public opinion turn on you in every form.


At 18/1/11 9:34 am, Blogger Gosman said...

"...Milton Friedman, who would turn up and suggest ultra right wing free market dogma which in each case failed miserably."

Given the fact that Chile was the main country that followed Friedman's economic dogma where is your evidence that it failed miserably?

If it was such a failure why is the current, (very popular), President of the country a former supporter of Pinochet?

At 18/1/11 1:05 pm, Blogger Bomber said...

Oh for Christs sakes you are ignorant Gosman, do you really want me to go dredge all the information up attacking Milton Friedmans failed South American experiments? I'll only end up bitch slapping you. You will be the one sad once your ignorance is exposed.

So what if the current Pinochet supporter is popular, so is Sarah Palin.

At 18/1/11 1:55 pm, Blogger Gosman said...

Sarah Palin has little real chance of becoming President. However Chile is currently headed by a person who was a strong supporter of the various policies that you claim, (without a shred of evidence it seems), have failed miserably in every case in South America. How do you explain that?

At 18/1/11 2:03 pm, Blogger Gosman said...


Have a read and try and learn something rather than just regurgitating leftist propaganda.

At 18/1/11 3:16 pm, Blogger Bomber said...

Ummmmm - you realize that link doesn't prove what you are saying right Gosy? at best it suggests that the results were mixed, not a success. I've always loved your ability to bypass the main point of a blog to focus on some tiny issue you can play up, which is the main reason I avoid the debate with you, trolls are too much of a waste of time.

I am busy right now but will post a full rebuke of your claim that Given the fact that Chile was the main country that followed Friedman's economic dogma where is your evidence that it failed miserably?

At 18/1/11 3:24 pm, Blogger AAMC said...

I don't claim any expertise on Chile, and look forward to reading your link this evening Gossman, but I do note that Sebastián Piñera has only held office since March 2010, I don't know you can claim this Pinochet supporter is responsible for Chile's economic success?

At 18/1/11 4:08 pm, Blogger Gosman said...

I don't believe I ever stated that Chile was an unqualified economic success story. I am challenging Mr Bradbury's asertion that countries which followed Milton Friedman's free market policies in South America all 'failed miserably'.

It is quite plain from that link I provided that the South American country most associated with Milton Friedman has not failed at all but is doing rather well for itself. It certainly hasn't defaulted on debt repayments like Argentina did in the late 1990's and has been very successful in reducing overall poverty levels while pursing very free market policies.

Where is the failure here?

At 18/1/11 6:47 pm, Blogger Bomber said...

I'm going to enjoy getting into you on this issue - but I have bigger fish to fry right now - Right after the CIA coup Milton Friedman used his shock doctrine tactics to implement free market ideology that failed - so much so that Pinochet had to dump his theories - the link you provide doesn't in any way shape or form defend Friedman's madness nor does it justify free market purity when it requires a CIA coup and bloody dictatorship to implement.

I'll have to dig around for my Uni research report on the implementation of Friedman in South America and return to this post at a later time next week, I have plots to hatch.

At 23/1/11 2:09 pm, Blogger AAMC said...

I know you'll decry the source Gosman,
but here's some perspective on your support for the Free Market and Dictators and their successors...



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