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  •  I think its kind of simplistic to look at (7+ / 0-)

    defense contractors as a distinct group from government officials and from other parts of the corporate state.  These groups co-mingle, they exchange members

    And I also don't think you should look at the MIC as all about generating profits for war contractors.  Its also about machismo and glory for the hawks, guys like McCain and Rumsfeld who pump out their chest every chance they get. Its about the authoritarian tendecies of Cheney and Bush, who can't stand when those brown people don't do what they say. Its about Dems like Clinton and Obama who either want war or want to appear tough, and reluctantly, with grave concern, almost always support our next international intervention.  Its the media who hypes each threat and shields the gov't from accountability by painting people who don't support the latest military action as unpatriotic or against the troops. Its the military families, who are paraded around like show ponies at sporting events, but only if dad came home with his mind intact. A lot of people are emotionally invested in are war push, and a lot of it has nothing to do with money.  The MIC doesn't have to lobby the gov't to go to war, the support is already there. That is what I call the blind behemoth that is the MIC.

    This is what Eisenhower said about the MIC.  He doesn't just point to war contractors, he points to two sides - a financial incentive and a military culture always seeking its next battle.

    A vital element in keeping the peace is our military establishment. Our arms must be mighty, ready for instant action, so that no potential aggressor may be tempted to risk his own destruction...

    This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence — economic, political, even spiritual — is felt in every city, every statehouse, every office of the federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society. In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists, and will persist.

    We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals so that security and liberty may prosper together.

    The MIC was never so narrowly defined as to be just about defense contractors.  If it was, we'd just say defense contractors, not the MIC.  Its about the collusion of government and corporate interest.  That gov't interest isn't always about money.  For a lot of people, support of the military is a spiritual / moral issue.  The drive to war, the need to support the war effort - they feel it in their very essence.  It permeates the US like no other country on Earth.  

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