"The revulsion against war ...
will be an almost insuperable obstacle for us to overcome.
For that reason, I am convinced that we must begin now
to set the machinery in motion for a permanent wartime economy."
Charles E. Wilson
(1886-1972) President of General Electric (1940-42, 1945-50), head of the Office of Defense Mobilization in 1951, US Secretary of Defense (1953-57)
internal memo, 1944
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fast forward to King George W and we find they succeeded and we are now being sold on the "forever war II"
 -- Anonymous, Reston, VA US     
    We were warned about the military-industrial complex.
     -- JT Ready, Mesa, AZ     
    King George is but the latest war monger in a chain of war mongers over an otherwise bankrupt economy of moral and tangibly fiscal values
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    Fascism requires constant war.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    One of those quotes hard to rate since a high rating would seem to equate with agreeing with it and a low-the reverse. Well, knowing one's enemy is important so I think it is important to bring such blatant barbarianism to light.
     -- EGL, LA     
    War runs the world. Look how many we are currently involved in. Those claiming to be pacifists are simply overrun by anyone with a gun. Those without sophisticated weapons are only able to fight as insurgents (i.e. Iraq, Afghanistan). UN confiscation of small arms from groups of people leaves them vulnerable to groups who still have guns. This is why genocide occurs in places like Darfur. Thank God in the United States "the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."
     -- Joe, Rochester, MI     
    To say that we can opt out of the war machine is naive. Vigilance of our leaders is our advantage, not our shortcoming.
     -- Mark, Lexington     
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