Over a half-century ago, President Dwight Eisenhower recognized a force that threatens democratic government. In his farewell address on January 17, 1961, he alerted the American people about a “permanent armaments industry of vast proportions” and its impact in shaping the very structure of our society. He called it the military-industrial complex and urged the nation to guard against it.

Few people listened to his dire warning. From the Gulf War to invasion of Afghanistan and the Iraq War, the “disastrous rise of misplaced power” that Eisenhower predicte…
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