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Fortress America: The Military Industrial Complex

Program #GREW002. Recorded in Washington, D.C. on December 07, 1998.

The end of Cold War was supposed to usher in a peace dividend, a redirection in budget priorities from defense to the civilian sector. It hasn't happened. The military busies itself with ever new missions from humanitarian intervention in Haiti to bombing Iraq to leading the attack on Yugoslavia. When it comes to military spending the U.S. is in a class by itself. Its defense budget exceeds that of the next 7 countries combined. And Clinton wants even more money for the Pentagon. The U.S. is in an arms race with itself. And the winners are the giant defense contractors and their lobbyists.


William Greider

William Greider is a leading journalist and author. He is national editor of Rolling Stone magazine. Among his best-selling books are Secrets of the Temple, Who Will Tell the People, and Fortress America. He traveled all over the world doing research for his book One World, Ready or Not: The Manic Logic of Global Capitalism.

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