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Letter: Military-industrial complex at root of America’s problems


Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, let’s be honest and admit that the real winner in these disastrous failed wars is the military-industrial complex President Dwight Eisenhower warned us about in the early 1960s. We prop up corrupt governments in the guise of nation building while defense contractors get richer and richer. While we certainly need a strong military, there must be a line between defending our country and profiteering from endless unwinnable wars.

American workers’ hard earned tax dollars are helping to pay for a $700 billion-plus defense department budget. The Defense Department has become too powerful to be audited. As long as the money keeps flowing into the military-industrial complex, we can count on more wars. Is Pakistan next, as that country really does have weapons of mass destruction? Or perhaps Somalia to do some nation building.

Voters do have a voice. They can insist on knowing how much campaign money their legislators receive from defense contractors and vote accordingly. The close ties between elected politicians, defense contractors, and the Defense Department are in need of long overdue serious oversight.

Jeanette Winkler
Ruscombmanor Township

Source: Berkshire mont

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