I believe Eisenhower, himself a career soldier, warned of the “vast military industrial complex” when he was leaving office as President.

Yesterday in a passing conversation with a veteran, he noted his daughter, who served in the Air Force, was not “qualified” to be in the VFW because she served in a small 5 year window when the U.S. happened to NOT be in a declared war somewhere in the world.

That statement has been rattling around in my mind ever since. Since the 1980s we’ve only had five years when we were not in some state of declared war? Is that right?

Eisenhower was far more of a prophet than even I give him credit for, if that is the case.

 

2 thoughts on “What did Eisenhower call it?

  1. Well…technically I think this may be incorrect. I don’t believe the US has been engaged in a “declared war” since the surrender of the Japanese in1945. The VFW has also changed it’s rules on a couple of occasions because of flagging membership numbers due to the dearth of candidates who actually met the requirements of being in a declared “Foreign War”.

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