He Told Us So: President Eisenhower’s Military-Industrial Complex Speech

Today is the 55th anniversary of a remarkable event: an American president, a former general no less, speaking to the nation about how the country was being held hostage by an undemocratic alliance he called the “military-industrial complex.”

That’s a theme you hear regularly here at WhoWhatWhy. We not only explore the continued (and increasing) domination of this country by these elements, we also look at how the corporate media discourages us from even talking about it.

It’s well worth watching Ike’s bold talk. So here it is:

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Military Industrial Complex Speech

16 minute speech

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Some background on the speech from the National Archives

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On January 18, 2011 the Newseum hosted a panel discussion on the historic and contemporary relevance of President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s famous Farewell Address.

Part 1

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Part 2

And here are some articles to provide an update on what has happened since Ike warned us:

http://whowhatwhy.org/2011/12/13/the-military-and-those-strange-threats-to-obama/ 

http://whowhatwhy.org/2015/11/25/did-the-pentagon-retaliate-against-an-officer-who-questioned-afghanistan-waste/

http://whowhatwhy.org/2010/03/10/what-obama-is-up-against/

http://whowhatwhy.org/2012/08/10/tvwho-gen-wesley-clark-shocker-on-911-policy-coup/

http://whowhatwhy.org/2012/09/24/who-exclusive-gen-wesley-clark-on-oil-war-and-activism/

http://whowhatwhy.org/2012/09/10/the-real-reason-for-the-afghan-war/

http://whowhatwhy.org/2011/08/31/now-that-were-celebrating-qaddafis-end-can-we-get-a-little-truth/

http://whowhatwhy.org/2013/09/30/mind-the-credibility-gap-syria-and-the-history-of-us-war-disinformation/

http://whowhatwhy.org/2015/04/04/where-in-afghanistan-did-35-billion-go/

http://whowhatwhy.org/2010/10/18/woodward-update/


Related front page panorama photo credit: President Dwight D. Eisenhower (White House)

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