Why We Fight (2005)

PG-13  |   |  Documentary, History, War  |  January 2005 (USA)
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Is American foreign policy dominated by the idea of military supremacy? Has the military become too important in American life? Jarecki's shrewd and intelligent polemic would seem to give an affirmative answer to each of these questions.



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John Ashcroft ...
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Robert Byrd ...
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Dick Cheney ...
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Joseph Cirincione ...
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Anh Duong ...
Gwynne Dyer ...
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John S.D. Eisenhower ...
Susan Eisenhower ...


He may have been the ultimate icon of 1950s conformity and postwar complacency, but Dwight D. Eisenhower was an iconoclast, visionary, and the Cassandra of the New World Order. Upon departing his presidency, Eisenhower issued a stern, cogent warning about the burgeoning "military industrial complex," foretelling with ominous clarity the state of the world in 2004 with its incestuous entanglement of political, corporate, and Defense Department interests. Written by Ørnås

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It is nowhere written that the American empire goes on forever.

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Rated PG-13 for disturbing war images and brief language | See all certifications »



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Release Date:

January 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$53,571 (USA) (20 January 2006)


$1,436,279 (USA) (12 May 2006)

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21 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As a viewer of this movie at the premier last year in Park City, I was deeply impacted about the truth and objective reporting that this movie tries to portray about our country and the logical (and historical) progression that lead us to war. When Jarecki was asked in PC why he did not release the film during the election, he steadfastly stated that the film was not about Bush bashing, but was about trying to show the American public how democracy works, (both pro and con). I do not usually get worked up about a film or politics, but after viewing this film a year ago, I have talked about it continuously and it's lessons to all who are willing to listen. I steadfastly believe that this film should be shown in the classroom to educate, and perhaps forewarn our youth about being vigilant of our sometimes overreaching capitalistic tendencies. This is coming from an individual who has enjoyed the bounties of capitalism, but got a wakeup call. GO SEE THIS FILM!

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