President Donald Trump on Monday, Sept.7, lashed out at top Defense Department officials, saying they want to keep fighting wars to keep defense contractors “happy.”
At a White House press conference, the president said, “I’m not saying the military’s in love with me,” but “the soldiers are.”
“The top people in the Pentagon probably aren’t because they want to do nothing but fight wars so all of those wonderful companies that make the bombs and make the planes and make everything else stay happy,” he added.
“Some people don’t like to come home, some people like to continue to spend money,” the president said. “One coldhearted globalist betrayal after another, that’s what it was.”
In front of the journalists who were at the North Portico of the official residence, President Trump pleaded for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from the “endless wars.”
Trump’s comments provoked a wave of reactions on the social networks in which the president himself participated.
On some of his Twitter feeds, Trump shared videos uploaded by other users comparing him to former President Dwight Eisenhower.
Here's a lesser-known part of Eisenhower's Farewell Address. He had 16 minutes on TV to warn Americans of what he thought they most needed to know, and used it primarily to emphasize the dangers of Pentagon growth, weapons spending, and the threats of Endless War: pic.twitter.com/qFYuyjm2dD
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) September 7, 2020
One of the tweets showed Eisenhower’s farewell speech in 1961, in which he warned his Americans about the growing power and influence of the military-industrial complex.
“This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. … In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist,” the 34th president had said before leaving the White House 59 years ago.
His final statement echoed similar warnings he had made earlier, stating, “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.”
In his four years in office, President Trump has not started a new war, a fact that contrasts him with his rival in the upcoming November election, Joe Biden, who, for example, backed the Iraq War.
“In four years, Donald Trump didn’t start any new wars,” former acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell told the Republican National Convention (RNC) in late August.
“He brought troops home. He rebuilt the military and signed peace deals that make Americans safer,” Grenell told the Washington Examiner.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said a few days ago that Biden is a candidate who supports the war in Iraq and therefore, if elected, would lead the country into a new conflict.
“Compare President Trump with the disastrous record of Joe Biden, who’s consistently called for more war,” Paul said, adding, “Joe Biden voted for the Iraq War, which President Trump has long called the worst geopolitical mistake of our generation.”
Paul emphasized that Biden supported the wars in Serbia, Syria, and Libya so it was foreseeable that he would return to a warlike posture. “Joe Biden will continue to spill our blood and treasure. President Trump will bring our heroes home,” he said.
“Make no mistake, President Trump is no hawk,” warned Keith Kellogg, national security adviser to Vice President Mike Pence. “He wisely wields the sword when required but believes in seeking peace instead of perpetual conflict,” he concluded in a speech to the RNC.