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Letter: Strike would just line pockets of arms' producers

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Posted: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 1:34 pm

Before we reach our final opinions regarding the administration’s proposal to degrade Syria’s potential for using chemical weapons, we all need to read Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Military-Industrial Complex Speech (1961):

“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.”

Then we need to study Wikipedia’s article on Raytheon, the producer of Cruise missiles, and much more: “The vast majority of Raytheon’s revenues have been obtained from defense contracts ... there is a tight relationship of cooperation between itself and the U.S. Department of Defense and other U.S. government departments and agencies. This, along with heavy lobbying, has led to perennial charges of influence peddling. Raytheon, for instance, contributed nearly a million dollars to various defense-related political campaigns in the presidential election year of 2004, spending much more than that on lobbying expenses. There are many tight ties between the company and all levels of government.”

George Johnson


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