A Speech that Changed History

now is a good time to revisit Eisenhowers words………..

“American military power has always provoked mixed reactions from the rest of the world. It has also been a source of deep ambivalence at home, as a deft new book on President Dwight Eisenhower shows. Unwarranted Influence: Dwight D. Eisenhower and the Military-Industrial Complex examines the leader’s 1961 farewell address to the American people, which bequeathed the phrase “military-industrial complex” to the world’s political lexicon. Author James Ledbetter, editor of Reuters.com, uses Eisenhower’s speech as a springboard to explore the modern links between war, big business, and the U.S. government, as well as attempts to reconcile these (often lucrative) relationships with American democratic ideals. He also offers a valuable meditation on the difficulty of understanding the intentions behind (and predicting the impact of) any landmark political oratory.”

read more here:

http://www.newsweek.com/2011/02/20/a-speech-that-changed-history.html

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