To the Editor:
In his farewell address to the nation, President Dwight Eisenhower said in referring to an immense military establishment and large arms industry: “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.”
Eisenhower was clairvoyant when he warned the nation about the dangers of a powerful military-industrial complex.
For example, we no longer have 100,000 troops fighting in Iraq; and in Afghanistan, a large troop withdrawal will take place next year. As the two costly wars end, reduced military spending should follow. But no, not only is the bloated military budget not going to be reduced, it will actually increase, and in 2012 all defense spending will account for almost $1 trillion, or about 25 percent of government spending.
So how is it possible for military spending to increase, when we no longer have 200,000 troops fighting in two wars? Remember Eisenhower’s warning. The power of the military-industrial complex is even greater than he feared.
At a minimum, Congress should be able to reduce the military budget by 25 percent, or about $250 billion, to reflect the ending of the Iraq war and drawdown of troops in Afghanistan. But don’t hold your breath waiting for Congress to cut the bloated military budget. The omnipotent military-industrial complex will not allow their puppets in Congress to do so.