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.
Wars waged in self-defense, of course; but also, in limited circumstances, wars waged against murderous tyrants whom the civilized world deemes necessary to be toppled (e.g. Adolph Hitler, Benito Mussolini, Hideki Tojo) and terrorists. Indeed, if you want to protect your own people and other civilized nations, you must struck and defeat terrorists BEFORE they can do harm to anyone. And that IS a Just War.
The most recent evidence of this use of the default “crazy” diagnosis by the Left wing of the American media, is found in the ATTEMPTED PRESIDENTIAL ASSASSINATION (that’s how the headlines should have read) by an Hispanic, likely illegal alien, Occupy D.C. 99 %er named Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez, who fired shots at the White House with an assault rifle.