Month: February 2012
As one can clearly read from this letter from the man himself – President Eisenhower – he was NOT calling for any defense cuts, nor did he label the US military or the US defense industry a grave threat to civil liberties and democracy. What he did call for was 1) making sure that munitions production does not become a way of life for the country; 2) keeping all three elements of national power – military, economic, and spiritual – equally strong, and keeping a proper balance among the three.
Instead of seeing the military establishment as a threat to America’s civil liberties, its economy, or its prosperity, he called it “a vital element in keeping the peace” – which it is. Without a strong defense you cannot have peace.
With military actions on many fronts; Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, as well as smaller operations in Egypt and Yemen, there may be a public misperception that the Obama Administration has increased the funding and scope of the military. The opposite is true.