This Forum is Closed

General => General Discussion => Topic started by: Optimus on January 17, 2011, 10:09:57 am

Title: Jan. 17, 1961: Ike's Historic Speech Warned of Military-Industrial Complex
Post by: Optimus on January 17, 2011, 10:09:57 am
Jan 17, 2011
Ike warned of 'military-industrial complex' 50 years ago
By David Jackson, USA TODAY

Today is the 50th anniversary of a very historic White House speech, one that resonates to this day: Dwight Eisenhower's warning against "the military-industrial complex."

"In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex," Ike said that night. "The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist."

As a general, Eisenhower led the U.S. to victory in World War II. As president, he presided over an era of unprecedented prosperity, one also shadowed by nuclear weapons, Cold War rivalry with the Soviet Union, civil rights abuses at home, and concerns about America's proper role in the world.

Eisenhower, days from being replaced by John F. Kennedy, tapped a sense of anxiety in his farewell address of Jan. 17, 1961, noting the nation now had "a permanent armaments industry" and warning not to let it threaten democratic liberty.


The key passage:

    Until the latest of our world conflicts, the United States had no armaments industry. American makers of plowshares could, with time and as required, make swords as well.

    But now we can no longer risk emergency improvisation of national defense; we have been compelled to create a permanent armaments industry of vast proportions. Added to this, three and a half million men and women are directly engaged in the defense establishment. We annually spend on military security more than the net income of all United States corporations.

    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 state house, 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.

    In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, 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 or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted.

    Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.

Title: Re: Jan. 17, 1961: Ike's Historic Speech Warned of Military-Industrial Complex
Post by: Optimus on January 18, 2011, 10:08:20 pm
US military stuck in perpetual warfare

Fifty years ago, President Dwight D. Eisenhower warned United States citizens against the military industrial complex but it seems that warning was not taken to heart. Author Russ Baker says fifty years later, it is much worse than what Eisenhower warned against, it keeps us in a state of low grade panic all the time.

Title: Re: Jan. 17, 1961: Ike's Historic Speech Warned of Military-Industrial Complex
Post by: Bad Penny on January 19, 2011, 05:08:19 am

US Military Stuck in Perpetual Warfare

Did you think that one up yourself, or did your mommy help you?   ;D

Here's a paper I wrote (and posted on PPF) more than two years ago:

Bushes, Clintons , Oil, Drugs, and Recent Covert US History

To understand recent American history, one must first grasp three essential facts.
The first is the decisive and unconstitutional control which global finance exerts over the United States government through the Federal Reserve System.[1}  The second is the massive laundering of funds derived from the global narcotics trade in which global finance and major global business corporations engage as a regular and principal part of their business activity.[2]  (Some multinational business corporations, particularly oil and oilfield services companies, actually engage in narcotics smuggling itself.[3]
This has been true since the days of the first multinational business corporations, such as the British East India Company, going back to the Seventeenth Century. [4])  The third is that the United States Central Intelligence Agency exists overwhelmingly, not as an actual intelligence reporting agency, but as a covert operational arm of big business, reshaping both American society[5] and the global political structure[6] to Wall
Street’s whims.  Michael C. Ruppert summed it up nicely in one of the chapter
titles of his groundbreaking book “Crossing the Rubicon”: “The CIA is Wall Street and Drug Money is King”.

Our story begins with the “Iron Triangle” opium trade from Laos, organized by CIA operatives George H.W. Bush, Sr. and Richard Armitage (currently the former Bush II Deputy Secretary of State).[7]  Our original involvement in Vietnam came in the form of Eisenhower’s “limited risk gambit”, but the “Military-Industrial Complex” of which Eisenhower spoke in his farewell address needed perpetual war to generate massive profits and to provide a crisis atmosphere in which massive repression of dissenting political viewpoints  could be justified.  The Cuban Revolution provided the opportunity for such a war close to home, and, early in the Kennedy Administration, the Bay of Pigs operation (codenamed "Zapata" after George H.W. Bush, Sr.’s oil company, and at which two of the transport ships were the “Houston” and the “Barbara”, named after his residence and wife, respectively[8]) failed after Kennedy refused to “go overt” with
reinforcement from the regular US armed forces.

The next opportunity for launching the perpetual war came with the Cuban Missile Crisis, which Kennedy defused peacefully much to the historically recorded infuriation of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (particularly Air Force chief Curtis LeMay).[9]  Kennedy also
issued an executive order causing the issuance of two dollar and five dollar silver certificates,[10] greatly undermining the power of the fiat currency-generating Federal Reserve System.  He also reportedly prepared to make good on his post-Bay of Pigs threat to scatter the CIA to the four winds, to normalize relations with Cuba,[11] and to withdraw from Vietnam.[12]  He was soon replaced by the more pliable Lyndon B.
Johnson, who greatly built up what was intended as the permanent war in
Vietnam.[13]  (E. Howard Hunt has since confirmed CIA involvement in JFK’s
assassination[14], and a photo exists which appears to show George H.W. Bush,
Sr. at the scene within minutes of the assassination.[15]  Lee Harvey Oswald is
visible in the background, chatting with a Dallas police officer.  Bush himself
claims to be the only man in America alive at the time with no memory of where
he was or what he was doing at the time of the assassination.)  One company
which particularly profited from the Vietnam War was Brown and Root, which
performed extensive construction work in support of the war effort.[16]  Brown
and Root would eventually merge into Kellogg Brown and Root, a subsidiary of
Halliburton Corp., and was discovered by the Russians to be smuggling heroin
across Russia via the Trans-Siberian Railroad during the 1990’s.[3]  It is also notable that the war greatly facilitated the trafficking of narcotics from Laos,[17] and that the Black Power movement was crushed by the government with considerable assistance from Black street gangs empowered with cash [18] and drugs [19] supplied by the US

Since Vietnam, every war the US has involved itself in has concerned oil or drugs or both.  The 1991 Persian Gulf War and the current Iraq War obviously concern oil, the Somali adventure introduced the world to khat, and the Balkans conflicts saw the US fighting in support of the al Qaeda-linked Kosovo Liberation Army, in the process opening a new and shorter route for Afghan heroin to reach Europe.[20] Lebanon was close to oilfields and drug shipment routes.  Granada lies along drug smuggling routes and is near Caribbean money laundering havens.  Panama’s Manuel Noriega was a potential witness against Bush, Sr., for his role in **** smuggling in support of the
Nicaraguan Contra war of the 1980’s (a major part of which **** passed through Intermountain Regional Airport in Mena, Arkansas while William Jefferson Clinton was governor [21]).  This massive smuggling activity triggered the crack epidemic of the 1980's.[22]  And Afghanistan, the graveyard of the Soviet Union, became a principal source of opium while the CIA built up al Qaeda and the rest of the “Afghan Arabs”
[17] as its own covert force, headed by Osama bin Laden, son of close Bush
family associate Mohammed bin Laden.[23]

In mid 2000, the Taliban government, creature of the CIA-created Pakistani Interservice Intelligence Agency (ISI), banned opium cultivation in Afghanistan.[24]  In September of that year, People for a New American Century, (PNAC, a Republican Party study group
made up of followers of Neo-Conservative theoretician Leo Strauss (himself a
student of National Socialist juridical philosopher Carl Schmitt)) issued a statement calling for a vastly expanded role for the US military in the post-Cold War world, and pointed out the fact that such a policy might be difficult to implement “…absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event – like a new Pearl Harbor.”[25]  It was also about this
time that Caspian Sea oil reserves began to prove disappointing to the oil companies, lessening the importance of the Unocal pipeline across Afghanistan.[26]  A natural gas pipeline across Afghanistan was still feasible, however, and was necessitated by Enron’s huge new power plant in India, which was proving prohibitively expensive to supply with fuel.[27]  Yet the invasion, as announced by the Russians and the US at the end of June, 2001,[28] was timed for mid-October, the beginning of the opium planting season.[24]  Additionally, even though Enron began to publicly unwind on Friday, September 7, 2001, thus lessening the need for the natural gas pipeline, the invasion of Afghanistan was still enough of a priority that the 44,000 US troops and the 18,000 UK troops that had been built up in Uzbekistan and Tajikistan since 1997 remained there through the weekend, and beyond, until they were needed for America’s “Post-9/11 Response” in mid-October.[29]

The invasion of Afghanistan required that the PNAC team be in the White House in
time for the projected invasion, which was accomplished when the Supreme Court
of the United States, in an unprecedented decision which declared itself not to be used as legal precedent, reasoned that a recount of contested votes in Florida (which, according to press pool recounts, would have given Democratic candidate Al Gore the White House[30]) could not be conducted with uniform statewide standards by a date which was six days short of the date actually required.[31]  Thus did the Supreme Court use its collective gavel to hammer the square peg of the Bush team into the oval office, and 9/11, perpetual war, and the decimation of US Constitutional liberty ensued,  while Afghanistan continued to produce bumper crops of opium under NATO occupation.[24]

[1] Griffin, G. Edward. The Creature from Jekyll Island: a second look at the Federal Reserve (Westlake Village, CA: American Media, 2002).
[2} Ruppert, Michael C. Crossing the Rubicon: The Decline of the American Empire at the End of the Age of Oil (Gabriola Island, BC, Canada: New Society Publishers, 2004) pp. 60-62.
[3] Ibid., pp.72-73.
[4] Ibid., p.67.
[5] The Aquarian Conspiracy
[6] Ruppert, op. cit., pp. 53-57.
[7] The Illuminati (Australian Independent Media, 2005) 54mins into video.
[12] Although
 this website’s commentary emphasizes the conditionality of the withdrawal
proposal, the announcement’s call for withdrawal by 1965 certainly collides
with the militarists’ overall goal of permanent conflict.
[13] Zeitgeist (Peter Joseph, 2007) 78mins into video.
[16] Ruppert, op. cit., p. 70.
[17] Ibid., p.83.
[18} McPherson, James Alan "The Blackstone Rangers" in "Observations of Deviance" Ed. Douglas, Jack D., (Washington, DC: University Press of America, 1970), pp 170-191.
[19] Keiser, R. Lincoln: The Vice Lords, warriors of the streets (New York: Holt, Rinehart
& Winston 1969).  This may be a little 'between ther lines", but it's there in the gang’s inarticulate rejection of the Black Power movement in favor of ordinary criminal activity.
[20] Ruppert, op. cit., p. 73.
[21] Denton, Sally and Morris, Roger “The Crimes of Mena” at:
[22] Levine, Michael (with Laura Kavanau-Levine) The Big White Lie: the CIA and the ****/Crack Epidemic (New York: Thunder’s Mouth Press, 1993)
Webb, Gary.  Dark Alliance: The CIA, the Contras, and the Crack **** Explosion (New York: Seven Stories Press, 1998), pp. 112-118, (notes, pp. 484-486.)).
[23]Ruppert, op. cit., pp. 124,129-134.
[24]Ibid., p.68.
[25]RebuildingAmerica’s Defenses: Strategy, Forces,and Resources for a New Century (Project for a New American Century, September2000), p. 51.
[26]Ruppert, op. cit., p.96.
[27] Ibid., pp.95,100.
[29] us uk troops uzbekistan 18,000 44,000&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=6&gl=us
[30] Freeman, Stephen F. and Bleifuss, Joel.  Was the 2004 Presidential Election Stolen? Exit Polls, Election Fraud, and the Official Count.  (New York: Seven Stories Press, 2006), pp. 42-46.
[31] Bush v. Gore 531U.S. 98 (2000).