Apparently, you consider yourself to be much more of a critical thinker than the typical American is.
Some might consider that to be thinly veiled elitism.
(By the way, I would not wish to confuse critical-thinking skills with mere cynicism. The former, I heartily endorse; the latter, I have absolutely no use for.)
As for Eisenhower’s use of the term, “military-industrial complex,” I am not ridiculing Ike; rather, I am ridiculing those who cherry-pick his words, and who consider him to be their favorite Republican, precisely because of his words in this one regard.