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Letter to the editor: Warning about the power of military

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 17th, 2013

When President Dwight Eisenhower was leaving office, he gave America a warning about the power of the military industry. Eisenhower’s words are often quoted but never listened to by those in political office who are quick to vote for war that they never serve in.

In 1954, in the Pentagon, Admiral Radford argued for dropping A-bombs on the forces that were defeating the French Army in Vietnam and blockading the China coast and A-bombing Chinese because he claimed America must destroy communists.

Only Gen. Ridgeway, who was in command of the Korean War after General MacArthur was fired by President Truman, opposed Radford.

Eisenhower ruled against going to war again with China.

Since World War II, the military industry has brainwashed America into constant wars for their profits, like the war in Iraq, where Bush and Cheney said it would be a short war paid for with Iraq’s oil.

But the Iraq war is now called the $3 trillion war paid by us taxpayers. And there is a weird amnesty and amnesia about those who lied and were responsible for this unneeded war.

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