Friday, July 26, 2013

Chomsky on the DoD

You refer to the Pentagon, as is usually done, as a defense organization. In 1947, when the National Defense Act was passed, the former War Department—the American department concerned with war which up to that time was called honestly the War Department—had its name changed to the Defense Department. I was a student then and didn't think I was very sophisticated, but I knew and everyone knew that this meant that to whatever extent the American military had been involved in defense in the past—and partially it had been so—this was now over: since it was being called the Defense Department, that meant it was going to to be a department of aggression, nothing else.
—Noam Chomsky, Chomsky on Anarchism (Oakland, CA: AK Press, 2005), p. 139

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