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Why Obama and Gates Need Ike to Trim the Military

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EDITORIAL

9 Apr 09 | CSM

Former president’s warning of a ‘military-industrial complex’ rings true as Congress pushes back on cuts.

In his presidential farewell address in 1961, Gen. Dwight Eisenhower warned about “unwarranted influence” of the “military-industrial complex” that grew out of World War II and the Korean War.

Eisenhower’s caution rings with special relevance today as Defense Secretary Robert Gates pushes a controversial budget for next year that caps or scraps expensive weapons programs and shifts spending away from large-scale conventional wars toward anti-insurgency “irregular” ones, such as those in Iraq and Afghanistan.

But Mr. Gates’s plan may not make it over the ramparts of defense-industry lobbyists. And members of Congress with military-related businesses in their districts are already launching missiles at the proposal, calling it a jobs killer. >>>

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9 April 2009 at 4:23 pm

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