Trump has assaulted a great American myth

It’s not surprising the US president’s performance in Helsinki and his invitation to Putin to visit the US threatens the Establishment

22nd July, 2018

On January 17, 1961, in his final address from the White House and just days before the Kennedy Inauguration, President Dwight D Eisenhower gave the nation a dire warning about what he described as a threat to democratic government.

Remarkably, back in those Cold War days, this threat wasn’t emanating from outside the US, rather it was coming from inside. It was from what Eisenhower termed the military-industrial complex – a formidable union of defence contractors and...

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