Public Opinion and the Vietnam War

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Public Opinion and the Vietnam War During the late 1960s and early 1970s, many Americans regularly protested against American involvement in the Vietnam War. At times, even the president felt under siege by protesters. These protests influenced President Richard Nixon’s decision to end the draft in 1970. The Military-Industrial Complex The defense budget of the United States is huge—about $400 billion a year. Many companies are eager to take advantage of that by getting defense contracts. Some people have argued that defense contractors play a major role in high defense budgets and foreign policy: Contractors actively work to increase the defense budget so that they can profit from it. Keeping the United States actively involved in conflicts around the world increases the defense budget and the demand for new weapons and
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Unformatted text preview: technology. In his farewell address in 1961, outgoing president Dwight Eisenhower warned against the growing influence of the military-industrial complex, a coalition of defense contractors, the military, and members of Congress in districts that depend heavily on these contractors. The Halliburton Controversy Before he became vice president in 2001, Dick Cheney ran the Halliburton Corporation. Since the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Halliburton has received numerous contracts from the military. Critics allege that the military gave these contracts to Halliburton as a way of paying back Cheneys friends and associates. Others claim that only Halliburton can provide key services and that Cheneys relationship with the company is incidental....
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