Essay about "Why We Fight"

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Fifty years ago, on January 17, 1961 President Dwight D. Eisenhower gave his farewell address to the nation. He talked about the dangers of deficit spending and of future planning. But, the main point that Eisenhower made that caused his farewell address to become famous was his valid concern and warning of the military-industry complex and it’s ability to destroy our security and liberty. Based on research and past events Eisenhower was correct in doing so because of America’s need for success and their ability to pay any cost to do so.

In his speech, Dwight D. Eisenhower forewarned the American people about the development of a 'military-industrial complex,' and the threats it might pose. He said, "The potential for the disastrous
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He was not requesting for troops to pull back from overseas battles or a complete ceasefire in the Cold War. (Hari, 2011) He also was not requesting for the demolition of the “military-industrial complex,” but instead ‘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.” Americans needed to be cautious regarding these new forces in the United States’ social order.” (Eisenhower, 1961) This advice appears reasonable, but hardly what some one opposing the war would be spouting off about but, it is not hard to believe that this weaponry industry, manipulates public knowledge to achieve its own needs. (Ledbetter, 2011) However, Eisenhower was concerned with much more than just the military abundance; he was also concerned about its direct correlation to America’s economy and society. He stated that the economy risked becoming a subsidiary of the military if we continue to let it grow. He exclaimed to Americans that our break away from our constant dependence on military might be what it takes to guarantee our liberty and “use our power in the interests of world peace and human betterment.” (Eisenhower, 1961)

At this rate, Eisenhower was correct in having forecasted that America would be losing the on-going battle against the dangerous aspects of the

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