A forum poster on Zero Hedge has brought President “Ike” Eisenhower‘s farewell address to light with respect to recent events in Washington D.C.
56 years ago, Eisenhower warned the American people to watch the “military-industrial complex” that had developed after World War 2. Eisenhower was concerned about the growing size and cost of the American defense establishment, as well as the un-elected officials in the Federal government whose agenda is to make it tick.
Ike also asked the American people to beware the “danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific-technological elite.” In other words, the day will come where it will be in the selfish interest of intellectuals, scientists and the press to keep the “guns and butter” flowing with a military occupying foreign lands, and large, growing entitlement programs.
Eisenhower’s bluntness stunned Republicans at the time. But do his words ring prophetic in the age of a non-interventionist, anti-establishment President Trump?