There has never been a more important time to debate President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s warning about the insidious economic, political, and even spiritual effects of what he called the “military-industrial-congressional complex.” For the past twenty years, the United States has been in a permanent state of war with a government, an economy, and a global system of military bases that virtually ensures conflict. The fact that this important issue is not part of the presidential debate of 2020 is particularly regrettable. It’s long past time for congressional leadership to take on this “complex.”
As Garrison Keillor warned two years ago, it appears that it will get worse before it gets worse.
It is time for the United States to debate the downsizing, if not the dissolution, of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).