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Dwight Eisenhower warns US citizens of the Military Industrial Complex

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Ladies and gentlemen, the President of the United States. Good evening, my fellow Americans. We now stand 10 years past the midpoint of a century, that has witnessed four major wars among great nations. (music) Until the latest of our world conflicts, the United States had no armaments industry. American makers of plow shares could, with time with time and as required, make swords as well. But now we can no longer risk emergency improvisation of national defense. We have been compelled to create a permanent armaments industry of vast proportions. Added to this, three and a half million men and women are directly engaged in the defense establishment. Now this conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence -- economic, political, even spiritual -- is felt in every city, every Statehouse, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources, and livelihood are all involved. So is the very structure of our society. 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.

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Duration: 2 minutes and 30 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: KramerDSP
Director: KramerDSP
Views: 167
Posted by: kramerdsp on Jun 18, 2009

In his farewell speech, outgoing U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower delivers a warning to the American people.

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