Or at least, all of this will be true until - consult George W. Bush and Barack Obama on this -- it isn’t; until the day after; until, you know, the moment we’ve experienced over and over during the last 15 years of American war-making, the one where it suddenly becomes clear (yet again) that things are going really, really wrong.
C. Wright Mills on The Structure of Power in American Society (1958)
Military-Industrial Complex Speech, Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1961
Tom Dispatch regular retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel William Astore on the military-industrial complex in the age of Trump: Isn’t it time to give the corporate sponsorship of war its just due? After all, there’s hardly an object, building, museum, stadium, or event in civilian life these days that doesn’t have corporate sponsorship plastered all over it and built into it. In my hometown, for instance, baseball’s New York Mets play at Citi Field, while football’s Giants and Jets spend their seasons at MetLife Stadium. Given the role that America’s giant weapons makers play in our wars, and the stunningly successful way they spread their wares around the planet, isn’t it time for the growing war powers of the commander-in-chief to be translated into a militarized version of sponsorship?
The Week the World Almost Ended by Nate Jones and J. Peter Scoblic
How everything became war // William Hartung: What Happens When All We Have Left Is The Pentagon? Trump’s Vision of a Militarized America