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Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Harvard's Military-Academic complex

Harvard's Belfer Center marks Armistice day by announcing how significant, if not essential, to maintaining peace is the preparation for war. And how important it is in such a policy-oriented centre to embrace so many former and serving military. The list is pasted below. It contains several well-known peacemakers, Orwellian-speak for so many who played leading roles in illegal aggressions in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere.

Frank Broomell (U.S. Army)
Steven N. Cho (U.S. Army)

Charles G. Cogan (U.S. Army)

Neal A. Corson (U.S. Army)

Michael Cutone (U.S. Army)

Shai Feldman (Israel Defense Forces)

Douglas Ferguson (U.S. Army)

Charles Freilich (Israel Defense Forces)

Damone Garner (U.S. Army)

William Hogan (U.S. Air Force)

Christine Kramer (U.S. Army)

Matthew Kennedy (U.S. Army)
Christopher J. Leonard (U.S. Air Force)

Barak Mendelsohn (Israel Defense Forces)

Dan Meridor (Israel Defense Forces)

Rolf Mowatt-Larssen (U.S. Army)

Michael A. Mullen (U.S. Coast Guard)

Stuart W. Newberry (U.S. Air Force)

Tad Oelstrom (U.S. Air Force)

Brandon Parker (U.S. Air Force)

David Petraeus (U.S. Army)

Eric Rosenbach (U.S. Army)

Kevin Ryan (U.S. Army)

F.M. Scherer (U.S. Army)

Jeremiah William Schwarz (U.S. Navy)

Michael B. Siegl (U.S. Army)

Emile Simpson (British Army)

John White (U.S. Marines)

A key member of the American military-industrial-academic complex - he was president of Columbia University before entering the White House in 1952 - Dwight Eisenhower, warned of the damaging effects of so close a relationship of the universities with the federal government and military that were gateways to vast research grants and funding.
Eisenhower's complaint elided his own role in the construction of a permamnent war economy and a militarist culture but at least he pointed out its dangers.
Today, there's hardly a voice within the American establishment that dares speak out against the degree of attachment of the foreign policy establishment to a militarist, interventionist mindset.

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