The US was warned about this kind of development:
"In time of actual war, great discretionary powers are constantly given
to the Executive Magistrate. Constant apprehension of War, has the same
tendency to render the head too large for the body. A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty.
The means of defence against foreign danger, have been always the
instruments of tyranny at home. Among the Romans it was a standing maxim
to excite a war, whenever a revolt was apprehended. Throughout all
Europe, the armies kept up under the pretext of defending, have enslaved
"Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the
most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every
other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes;
and armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing
the many under the domination of the few. In war, too, the
discretionary power of the Executive is extended; its influence in
dealing out offices, honors, and emoluments is multiplied: and all the
means of seducing the minds, are added to those of subduing the force,
of the people. The same malignant aspect in republicanism may be traced
in the inequality of fortunes, and the opportunities of fraud, growing
out of a state of war, and in the degeneracy of manners and of morals,
engendered by both. No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare."
As philosopher-poet George Santayana observed:
" ‘Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."