He may have been the ultimate icon of 1950s conformity and postwar complacency, but Dwight D. Eisenhower was an iconoclast, visionary, and the Cassandra of the New World Order. Upon departing his presidency, Eisenhower issued a stern, cogent warning about the burgeoning "military industrial complex," foretelling with ominous clarity the state of the world in 2004 with its incestuous entanglement of political, corporate, and Defense Department interests.
When people discuss the sinister reasons for the Iraq war oil is usually mentioned. But it seems that one huge potential reason is overlooked. Wars use expensive weapons and arms. Corporations gain from the sale of these weapons through increased revenues, profits and stock prices. Military companies support politicians that are expected to keep their interests in mind. And the bill for these weapons comes directly from the government to U.S. taxpayers. This is not a far-fetched conspiracy but simply the natural evolution of business when checks and balances are not in place. This film investigates the history of 'the military industrial complex.’