Military-Industrial Complex

Some years ago, I watched a documentary called “Why We Fight” (whose title alludes to a series of documentary films, also called “Why We Fight,” most of them directed by Frank Capra, which sought to justify the United States involvement in World War II) that reported, among other things, that President Dwight D. Eisenhower, in one of the original drafts of his famous farewell speech to the nation, referred not just to a nascent “military-industrial complex” but to a “military-industrial-congressional complex.” The danger of the weapons industry’s interest, for the sake of profit, in global conflict ought to be obvious enough, as should its influence. These are some the biggest, most well-capitalized corporations in this nation.

But when Ike, who wasn’t exactly a conspiracy-minded hippie, said it, it had real gravitas. Too bad we as a nation appear not to have heeded his warning about this phenomenon.

Anyway, maybe this reading on the military-industrial complex and its attendant vocabulary-building and comprehension worksheet might have some utility in your classroom.

If you find typos in these documents, I would appreciate a notification. And, as always, if you find this material useful in your practice, I would be grateful to hear what you think of it. I seek your peer review.

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