8 Musicians from U.S.A., Canada, Italy/Germany, Australia and
the U.K. get together for this important Bob Dylan song:
President Eisenhower gave his farewell address from the Oval Office.
In this speech, he warned that "we must guard against the acquisition
of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the
military-industrial complex." In an interview, published in USA Today
the day before the September 11 attacks in 2001, Dylan linked his
song to Eisenhower's speech, saying:
"'Masters of War'... is supposed to be a pacifistic song against war.
It's not an anti-war song. It's speaking against what Eisenhower was
calling a military-industrial complex as he was making his exit from the
presidency. That spirit was in the air, and I picked it up."