Dwight D. Eisenhower was the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe fighting Hitler and Mussolini in World War II. After the war, running as a Republican, he was elected the 34th President of the United States. He served two terms. Eisenhower’s farewell address to the nation and world (above) warned about the huge number of government contracts going to private military manufacturers, whom collectively he dubbed the Military Industrial Complex. Eisenhower also spoke of the danger due to the growing polical and economic power of those corporations.

This is a long speech by today’s standards but well worth a listen. TGT