In his farewell speech of 1961, Republican President Dwight Eisenhower warned the nation about the increasing power of the military-industrial complex. He stated, “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 democratic processes.”
Yet, as we look at President-elect Trump’s picks in the new government, he has developed the richest Cabinet in history, with the highest number of billionaires ever. Contrary to his campaign rhetoric, many have strong ties to Goldman Sachs and the financial industry. He also has put many generals in key positions, and in one case is asking Congress for an exception to a law so that a general may serve who is legally prohibited from doing so at this time.
It seems to me that the time has arrived and that the military-industrial complex will be fully in power. It will behoove us citizens to be vigilant so that Eisenhower’s fears do not come to pass.