"This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large
arms industry is new in the American experience ... 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
-- President Dwight Eisenhower, farewell speech to the nation, January 17, 1961
"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. This is not a way of life
at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging
on a cross of iron."
-- Dwight Eisenhower, April 16, 1953
"I like to believe that people in the long run are going to do
more to promote peace than our governments. Indeed, I think that people
want peace so much that one of these days governments had better get out
of the way and let them have it."
-- Dwight D. Eisenhower
"Should any political party attempt to abolish social security,
unemployment insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you
would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is
a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes you can do these things.
Among them are H. L. Hunt (you possibly know his background), a few other
Texas oil millionaires, and an occasional politician or business man from
other areas. Their number is negligible and they are stupid."
-- Dwight D. Eisenhower in a letter to his brother Edgar, November 8, 1954
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