“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This is not a way of life, in any true sense.”
This quote came not from a radical socialist, but from Republican President and five-star general Dwight ‘Ike’ Eisenhower in his brilliant ‘Chance for Peace’ speech in 1953.
Ike hoped to warn the world about the dangers of an international arms race, especially one that was nuclear, but it was of no use. The US had exited World War Two as a global superpower, but with great power came even greater peacetime military budgets. For good or for bad, this remains the way of life in America.