Ike’s Nightmare

By: Tuesday January 17, 2012 4:42 pm

Fifty-one years ago today, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued his final, prescient warning about the rising power of the military industrial complex. More than half a century later, we find ourselves in a political system which has ignored Eisenhower’s sound advice as the influence of the war industry on our society reaches a crescendo. Nowhere is this “disastrous rise of misplaced power” more apparent than in the debate about the Pentagon budget taking place in Washington, D.C.

 

“Competitiveness” Is Peace

By: Sunday January 23, 2011 6:30 am

I spent much of the day Friday pointing out how stupid it was for Obama to put outsourcer, China nut, and TBTF bankster Jeff Immelt in charge of his Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. Meanwhile, Paul Krugman and Robert Reich have been focusing on Obama’s frame for the problem as “competitiveness.”

You’ve gone backwards a ways baby

By: Tuesday January 18, 2011 1:30 am

Yesterday was a day full of anniversaries and remembrances…and deliberate re-writing of history. So just another day at FoxNews.

Gates Claims Eisenhower’s Mantle, Challenging Pentagon Overspending

By: Sunday May 9, 2010 11:30 am

Gates is taking on a lot of opponents. Legislators who never met a defense platform they wouldn’t throw money at. Pentagon bureaucrats and staff officers who never met a needless regulation they couldn’t cite to interfere with a low-level commander’s common-sense assessment of his/her needs or capabilities. A system that — I loved this line — comes up with something like this: “The one area of real decline in overhead was in the area where we actually needed it: full-time contracting professionals, whose numbers plunged from 26,000 to about 9,000. We ended up with contractors supervising other contractors – with predictable results.”

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Campbell Craig and Fred Logevall, America’s Cold War: The Politics of Insecurity

By: Sunday April 25, 2010 2:00 pm

[Welcome authors, Campbell Craig and Fred Logevall, Hosted by Jeremi Suri] [As a courtesy to our guests, please keep comments to the book.  Please take other conversations to a previous thread.   - bev] Craig and Logevall, America’s Cold War America’s Cold War is a powerful and provocative book written by two very talented historians. Campbell [...]

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