In reference to World War I, Charles Dawes, from The New Industrial State article by Walter Adams, said "Sure we paid. We didn't dicker. Why, man alive, we had to win the war. We would have paid horse prices for sheep if sheep could have pulled artillery to the front. Oh, it's all right now to say we brought too much vinegar and too many cold chisels, but we saved the civilization of the world. Damn it all, the business of an army is to win the war, not to quibble around with a lot of cheap buying. Hell and Maria, we weren't trying to keep a set of books, we were trying to win the war!"
the question is what are we trying to win?
Why are we still fighting? The
people interviewed from the video, Why We
Fight, had different responses. They
actually did not know the answer and neither do I. In the past, we were involved in wars because
we strongly believed in fighting for freedom and liberty, and to rid
communism. The video also taught me that
after 1950's, defense had doubled or tripled, and we used the reasons above to
hide deeper facts. In reality, military-industrial
complex is corrupting public's taxes to spend on military goods which benefit
mostly corporations instead of our nation. In other words, they "take food
from the homeless and pay for military".
Government does little or no negotiations in these issues therefore are
ignorant of the technology price, stockpiling, and international trade barrier. It is disappointing to say that the President
can only put a few words into this. Even
if he vetoes a bill, like when Kennedy cancelled the B-70 Bomber in 1961, Congress
could still pass it (Wikipedia). This
issue is addressed in The Iron Triangle,
as well. If the President cannot control the military-industrial complex, how
can the citizens of the United States stop this? I do not know the answer. I assume many of them are unaware or cannot
express their opinion freely. Last
semester, I took a geography class and we learned about protests. People's rights to speak and assemble were
denied if they cause a disruption. A disruption is a very broad term and people
who participate are likely to be beaten and arrested by police. If this is the result, what happened to our freedom and liberty?
Phuong Thuy Pham