Tuesday, January 11, 2011

"Ike’s Last Stand"

"Fifty years ago, Eisenhower warned of the military-industrial complex," reminds The American Conservative, offering the "five views of his prophetic Farewell Address" that follow:
  • "How–and why–Ike’s farewell was written" expalined by Robert SchlesingerDrafting History.

  • "Eisenhower identified more than one threat to the republic," says Patrick J. Deneen of the president's "short but profound masterpiece" — Science of Tyranny.

  • "Ike’s anti-militarist roots" delineated by Bill Kauffman in his appreciation of "the last president confident enough to name, and even sometimes take on, the military-industrial complex" — The Other Eisenhowers.

  • "Idealism, not economics, drives American militarism," argues Michael C. Desch, suggesting the address's "most famous line was wide of the mark in identifying the roots of America’s subsequent global overreach" — The Liberal Complex.

  • "Eisenhower’s farewell speech was a long and nearly hysterical argument for the Cold War," counters Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr., noting that the president "vastly expanded the garrison state" — I Don’t Like Ike.
Also linked to are the text — Cogs of War — and video of the message — Video: Eisenhower’s Farewell Address.

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