Ike spent his presidency fighting against his own Pentagon because he didn’t want a huge conventional military to go adventuring. He knew modern war as no one else did, or likely ever will again, and saw no point in wasting lives or treasure on foolish adventurism, & told our enemies to stand down or get nuked. They stood down. He hated CIA and, after the U2 shoot down, never again spoke to them. He warned us about the Military-Industrial-Complex when he left.
To say we didn’t listen is the understatement of the post-Enlightenment Age.
Nixon likely would not have intervened in Vietnam (or done so more forcefully, so less permanently) providing trillions to the Military-Industrial-Complex. So the 1960 election was stolen & given to the dilettante son of an establishment bootlegger.
JFK intervened in Vietnam (initially with Green Berets – the military arm of CIA), used CIA to whack Diem, CIA rogues to invade Cuba – but failed. Had he succeeded he may have overturned the enemy required by the growing hydra of the military, FBI, CIA, State Dept, to keep the funding rolling in the Western Hemisphere. They whacked him.
LBJ ramped-up CIA, giving it the leading role in Vietnam while committing millions of our kids to a war we neither needed to fight nor even pretended to try to win – but that certainly enriched the Military-Industrial-Intelligence-Congressional-Complex: The Deep State.
Nixon ended the national dislocation & distraction that was Vietnam, went to China & drastically slowed the Military-Industrial-Intelligence-Congressional-Complex gravy train. The Deep State removed him.
Ford was a bumbler who never upset the status quo. He did manage to lose a Deep State ship (Pueblo), giving them something to raise budgets over again.
Carter, a USNA grad, naval officer, Deep State-trained interventionist, turned-loose Khomeini, giving the Deep State a permanent, lethal boogeyman in the sharia that has been murdering thousands and enslaving tens of millions ever since – but has allowed a prospering of the Deep State they could not even have imagined in 1979. (They even have the GOP today voting against the 4th Amendment, and the ‘party of free speech’ violently protesting the 1st Amendment.)
Reagan rebuilt the Military-Industrial-Complex to the cheers of naive citizens still equating the huge military Ike had rejected with the prosperity Ike delivered (by enforcing our laws, staying out of our way & because all our industrial competitors were still sweeping-up rubble…). Insisting on a huge military to beat-up locals wherever resonated with the ‘Go Team Go!’ preferences of a citizenry that loved to win but didn’t want to be mean. (Had he instead spent his political capital on MX development & basing, and spaced-based defense rather than rebuilding an Industrial Age military in the accelerating Information Age, we’d all be better off.)
Bush Sr WAS Deep State – ran the friggin CIA. Went adventuring with Reagan’s military, blew-up S Asia and – ALMOST – created a state of permanent war to enrich the Deep State forever (Jr completed that task).
Obama was pure globalist, anti-American totalitarianism, Deep State writ large. He was & remains America’s most dangerous enemy. Any mature nation long ago would have terminated him.
Trump is trying to kill this multi-headed hydra about which Ike warned almost 60 years – three GENERATIONS – ago.
Maybe this time we’ll listen.
It’s doubtful we’ll get another chance.