The Military Industrial Complex
In his farewell address in 1961, Dwight D. Eisenhower warned against the growing might of the Military Industrial Complex:
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. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.
As an aside, it should be noted that the existence of such a complex was made possible by the institution of the central bank (the Federal Reserve). As Thomas Jefferson warned:
If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their Fathers conquered…I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies… The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs.
Written and spoken by Michael Rivero. A video by Zane Henry Productions
The US war in Iraq was certainly a boon for some private companies like Halliburton, KBR, CACI, Titan and Blackwater (now Xe). The following video presentation by Robert Greenwald/bravenewfilms.org reveals some details via eyewitnesses, soldiers and other involved personnel and makes it clear that the war was privatized for profits to be distributed to a few well-connected private companies.
War is a total scam! It’s a racket, where crony’s profit at the expense of the people. But then, United States Marine Corps Major General, Smedley Butler warned US citizens about this long ago. For more details, facts & figures, please see this report at Lew Rockwell, outlining the billions of dollars wasted on bogus projects that did nothing but line the pockets of insiders.