If you intelligently follow national security issues on Twitter, you likely have come across @iAmTheWarax, a crusty fellow resembling John Bolton but fueled by brake fluid, humor, and rage. Conjured from the depths of Twitter Hell to “speak for all veterans” (especially those tired of watching Special Forces meatheads toss their veteran “authority” around way too often), he’s here to set us all straight and incessantly point out there is something seriously wrong with Sebastian Gorka.
Veterans are mostly proud of their service. And rightfully so, it’s no small thing to take the leap into the military and all that it entails. But there are some veterans who, well, they’re like that one 50-year-old dude for whom high school was the highlight of his entire life and who references every situation back to “the good old days.” Like that, but, you know, with guns.
Sunday, Jan. 17, will mark the 55th anniversary of President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s famous “military-industrial complex” speech. His key warning, “In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex” is what most people recall of this speech. It was taken to be a harbinger of the things that followed: the Vietnam War, massive defense spending, and increased American military involvement around the world.