Letter: War and the military-industrial complex

Sep. 19, 2013 @ 01:35 AM

To the editor:

"The constitution vests the power of declaring war in congress; therefore no offensive expedition of importance can be undertaken until after they shall have deliberated upon the subject and authorized such a measure." -- President George Washington

"In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist." -- President Dwight D. Eisenhower

Much of the U.S. domestic manufacturing economy is vested in the production of weapons and war materiel for use by the American military, as well as for sale to foreign governments. The majority of consumer goods sold in the U.S. are manufactured offshore.

Our U.S. presidents and members of our Congress are under tremendous pressure from the military-industrial complex to keep our military forces in a state of constant conflict around the globe. By yielding to this pressure, our presidential and our congressional leaders hope to alleviate our domestic economic struggles, and to enhance their campaign chests for future re-election. As for the manufacturers, they appear to place a greater emphasis upon corporate profits, rather than upon the lives of American troops. It matters not which political party is involved, our presidents and members of Congress appear to be equally eager to accept the graft and influence of the military-industrial complex.

Monroe Teague