And what Anniversary would that be, you ask, Well:
Of President Franklin Roosevelt’s signing of the GI Bill, which enabled millions of veterans to go to college, and is credited for sparking the post-war economic boom.
Jan 13 2008
Wikipedia tells us that the concept of a “permanent war economy” originated in 1944. Such a war economy, it was predicted, would be one in which there would be a post-WWII arms race. It was argued at the time that:
the USA would retain the character of a war economy; even in peacetime, American military expenditures would remain large, reducing the percentage of unemployed compared to the 1930s.
The concept was also used by U.S. businessman and Secretary of Defense Charles E. Wilson to refer to an institutionalized war economy, a semi-command-type economy which is directed by corporation executives, based on military industry, and funded by state social spending…whereby the collusion between militarism and war profiteering are manifest as a permanently subsidized industry.
Wilson warned at the close of the war that the U.S. must not return to a civilian economy, but must keep to a “permanent war economy.” Wilson was made Secretary of Defense under Dwight D. Eisenhower, and was largely instrumental in reforming the Pentagon as an instrument for facilitating a closer relationship between the military and industry.
The military, originally conceived as a small order fed by state militia, has now become an empire, the largest and most expensive feature of our government.
Sep 19 2007
Professor McCoy Exposes the History of CIA Interrogation
My grandfather is an Iwa Jima war veteran, and one afternoon early last fall I recorded his story at the veteran’s reunion in Texas. He rarely talked about it, although I had seen the Japanese sword he removed from a soldier. “They told us not to do that; there could’ve been (wire) triggers,” he once said. I had always wanted to ask him about why he thought he fought the war, imaging him heroically fighting to end the Holocaust. I had made a childish, yet understandable assumption.