Monday, March 29, 2010

Questioning the Long War Doctrine

"Without public debate and without congressional hearings, a segment of the Pentagon and fellow travelers have embraced a doctrine known as the Long War, which projects an 'arc of instability' caused by insurgent groups from Europe to South Asia that will last between 50 and 80 years," begins Tom Hayden — The 'Long War' quagmire. "An 80-year undeclared war would entangle 20 future presidential terms stretching far into the future of voters not yet born."

A half-century ago, we were warned: "In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex" — Eisenhower's Farewell Address to the Nation). Ike continued:
    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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Anonymous mxmlxix said...

I can't recall a time when we weren't at war with Oceania.

10:55 PM  

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