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November 22, Mr. Attorney General, ladies and gentlemen: Two years ago, I introduced myself in Paris by saying that I was the man who had accompanied Mrs. I am getting somewhat that same sensation as I travel around Texas.
Nobody wonders what Lyndon and I wear. About 35 years ago, a Congressman from California who had just been elected received a letter from an irate constituent which said: That city responded to that call as it has through its history. And we have been putting that pledge into practice ever since.
And I want to say a word about that pledge here in Fort Worth, which understands national defense and its importance to the security of the United States. During the days of the Indian War, this city was a fort.
During the days of World War II the great Liberator bombers, in which my brother flew with his co-pilot from this city, were produced here. The first nonstop flight around the world took off and returned here, in a plane built in factories here.
The first truly intercontinental bomber, the B, was produced here. The B, which is the finest weapons system in the world today, which has demonstrated most recently in flying from Tokyo to London, with an average speed of nearly 1, miles per hour, is a Fort Worth product. The transportation of crews between our missile sites is done in planes produced here in Fort Worth.
There has been a good deal of discussion of the long and hard fought competition to win the TFX contract, but very little discussion about what this plane will do.
It will be the first operational aircraft ever produced that can literally spread its wings through the air. It will thus give us a single plane capable of carrying out missions of speed as well as distance, able to fly very far in one form or very fast in another.
In all these ways, the success of our national defense depends upon this city in the western United States, 10, miles from Viet-Nam, 5, or 6, miles from Berlin, thousands of miles from trouble spots in Latin America and Africa or the Middle East. And yet Fort Worth and what it does and what it produces participates in all these great historic events.
They are the result of American determination to be second to none, and as a result of the effort which this country has made in the last 3 years we are second to none. In the past 3 years we have increased the defense budget of the United States by over 20 percent; increased the program of acquisition for Polaris submarines from 24 to 41; increased our Minuteman missile purchase program by more than 75 percent; doubled the number of strategic bombers and missiles on alert; doubled the number of nuclear weapons available in the strategic alert forces; increased the tactical nuclear forces deployed in Western Europe by over 60 percent; added five combat ready divisions to the Army of the United States, and five tactical fighter wings to the Air Force of the United States; increased our strategic airlift capability by 75 percent; and increased our special counterinsurgency forces which are engaged now in South Viet-Nam by percent.
I hope those who want a stronger America and place it on some signs will also place those figures next to it. This is not an easy effort. This requires sacrifice by the people of the United States. But this is a very dangerous and uncertain world. As I said earlier, on three occasions in the last 3 years the United States has had a direct confrontation.
No one can say when it will come again. No one expects that our life will be easy, certainly not in this decade, and perhaps not in this century. But we should realize what a burden and responsibility the people of the United States have borne for so many years. Here, a country which lived in isolation, divided and protected by the Atlantic and the Pacific, uninterested in the struggles of the world around it, here in the short space of 18 years after the Second World War, we put ourselves, by our own will and by necessity, into defense of alliances with countries all around the globe.
And gradually Europe would drift into neutralism and indifference. Without the efforts of the United States in the Alliance for Progress, the Communist advance onto the mainland of South America would long ago have taken place.
So this country, which desires only to be free, which desires to be secure, which desired to live at peace for 18 years under three different administrations, has borne more than its share of the burden, has stood watch for more than its number of years.
We would like to live as we once lived. But history will not permit it. The Communist balance of power is still strong.
The balance of power is still on the side of freedom. We are still the keystone in the arch of freedom, and I think we will continue to do as we have done in our past, our duty, and the people of Texas will be in the lead. So I am glad to come to this State which has played such a significant role in so many efforts in this century, and to say that here in Fort Worth you people will be playing a major role in the maintenance of the security of the United States for the next 10 years.
I am confident, as I look to the future, that our chances for security, our chances for peace, are better than they have been in the past.The military–industrial complex (MIC) is an informal alliance between a nation's military and the defense industry that supplies it, seen together as a vested interest which influences public policy.
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Kennedy My early childhood memory of growing up in Korea is vague but for some unknown reason I remember the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Did Kennedy Threaten the Military Industrial Complex?
Yet another undelivered speech was prepared for the Texas Democratic State Committee in the Municipal Auditorium in Austin, November 22, In his farewell address to the nation, President Eisenhower warned that we should beware the unchecked power of the military-industrial complex.
This speech is one of the greatest in American history, and prescient in understanding what was coming. Conspiracy theorists consider four or five groups, alone or in combination, to be the primary suspects in the assassination of Kennedy: the CIA, the military-industrial complex, organized crime, the government of Cuba, and Cuban exiles.