After fighting a brutal war & then serving eight years as US President, here was Dwight Eisenhower's 1961 warning about the menacing joint power of the US military and the private arms industry. This was before Vietnam, the cold war'>Reagan Cold War build-up and post-9/11 militarism:
In the Cold War, the US was a global (albeit an imperfect) leader for freedom and democracy. Today, we stand with Russia and Saudi Arabia (let that sink in) denying the science of climate change. More than just a mark of shame, the great tragedy lies in the damage being wrought.
As I discuss in detail in From Cold War to Hot Peace, Putin has been harassing me for a long time. That he now wants to arrest me, however, takes it to a new level. I expect my government to defend me and my colleagues, in public and private.