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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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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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Opening Weekend:

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

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$1,436,279 (USA) (12 May 2006)
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[from trailer]
John McCain: The United States is the greatest force for good in the world.
John McCain: We have not an obligation to go out and start wars, but certainly to spread democracy and freedom throughout the world.
John McCain: ...When does the United States go from a force for good to a force of imperialism?
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References The Battle of Russia (1943) See more »

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I Fought In A War
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20 July 2005 | by (Argentina) – See all my reviews

For all those interested in understanding a little better the motives behind wars in the last 60 years (at minimum), this movie will show you different points of view about "why we fight" (the original title of a US military propaganda of the past). In the meantime, you'll also see a lot of facts (yes, unquestionable facts) backing up the presumption yielded at the last minutes... that Capitalism is winning over Democracy. Patriotism, Militarism, Corruption, False democracy, Lies, etc, etc. We are used to those. This time, the topic is the military-industrial complex, something even a Republican (Dwight Eisenhower) warned about.


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