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Why We Fight -- 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.
Why We Fight -- 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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Eugene Jarecki (written by)
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It is nowhere written that the American empire goes on forever.
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
4 wins & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
thought provoking See more (98 total) »

Cast

 
Ken Adelman ... Himself
John Ashcroft ... Himself (archive footage)

Osama bin Laden ... Himself (archive footage)

George Bush ... Himself (archive footage)

George W. Bush ... Himself (archive footage)
Robert Byrd ... Himself (archive footage)

Frank Capra ... Himself (archive footage)
Dick Cheney ... Himself (archive footage)
Joseph Cirincione ... Himself

Bill Clinton ... Himself (archive footage)
Anh Duong ... Herself
Gwynne Dyer ... Himself

Dwight D. Eisenhower ... Himself (archive footage)
John S.D. Eisenhower ... Himself
Susan Eisenhower ... Herself
Donna Ellington ... Herself
Dennis Hastert ... Himself (archive footage)

Saddam Hussein ... Himself (archive footage)
Chalmers Johnson ... Himself

Lyndon Johnson ... Himself (archive footage)

John F. Kennedy ... Himself (archive footage)
Ayatollah Khomeini ... Himself (archive footage)
William Kristol ... Himself
Karen Kwiatkowski ... Herself
Charles Lewis ... Himself

John McCain ... Himself

Richard Nixon ... Himself (archive footage)

Bill O'Reilly ... Himself (archive footage)
Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi ... Himself (archive footage)
Richard Perle ... Himself

Colin Powell ... Himself (archive footage)

Dan Rather ... Himself

Ronald Reagan ... Himself (archive footage)

Condoleezza Rice ... Herself (archive footage)
James G. Roche ... Himself

Donald Rumsfeld ... Himself (archive footage)

Tim Russert ... Himself (archive footage)
Wally Saeger ... Himself
Wilton Sekzer ... Himself
Naj Sheesan ... Himself
William Solomon ... Himself
Franklin Spinney ... Himself
Joseph Stalin ... Himself (archive footage)
Richard Treadway ... Himself (as Col. Rich Treadway)
Harry S. Truman ... Himself (archive footage)
Michael Valentine ... Himself

Gore Vidal ... Himself
Paul Wolfowitz ... Himself (archive footage)

Directed by
Eugene Jarecki 
 
Writing credits
Eugene Jarecki (written by)

Produced by
Roy Ackerman .... executive producer
Prudence Arndt .... archive producer
Hans Robert Eisenhauer .... executive producer
Julie Fischer .... line producer: post-production
Nick Fraser .... executive producer
Mette Hoffman Meyer .... executive producer: TV 2/Danmark
Eugene Jarecki .... producer
Alessandra Meyer .... associate producer
Susannah Shipman .... producer
 
Original Music by
Robert Miller 
 
Cinematography by
Étienne Sauret 
May Ying Welsh 
Brett Wiley 
 
Film Editing by
Nancy Kennedy 
 
Production Management
Nora Calkins .... production manager (as Nora Colie)
Samara Levenstein .... post-production supervisor
 
Sound Department
Brian Buckley .... additional sound
Scott Burnell .... additional sound
Joe Caterini .... sound re-recording mixer
Joe Caterini .... supervising sound editor
Jim Gallup .... additional sound
Matthew Haasch .... dialogue editor (as Matt Haasch)
Sheila Louis .... additional sound
Mark Mandler .... additional sound
Peter Miller .... sound
Tom Paul .... sound re-recording mixer
Jeff Rowe .... sound effects editor
Paul Rusnak .... sound
Rob Silverthorne .... additional sound (as Robert Silverthorne)
Robert Sullivan .... additional sound (as Robert 'Sully' Sullivan)
Rufus Tureen .... additional sound
Max Demetrio .... assistant sound (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Brian Scott Benson .... Inferno artist (as Brian Benson)
Tony Lee .... graphics: Digifreak
Tony Lee .... visual effects: Digifreak
Melinda Shopsin .... additional graphics
Tamara Shopsin .... additional graphics
 
Camera and Electrical Department
António Abreu .... additional camera operator (as Anto io Abreu)
Dodge Billingsley .... additional camera operator
Plinio Cabrera .... additional camera operator
Sam Cullman .... additional camera operator
Hayder Mousa Daffar .... camera assistant (as Hayder Daffar)
Joe di Gennaro .... additional camera operator
Tom Donatelli .... camera assistant
Ed Dooley .... additional camera operator
Douglass Gibran .... camera assistant
Dan Hersey .... additional camera operator
Will Knox .... additional camera operator
Joe Lawler .... additional camera operator
Christopher Li .... additional camera operator (as Chris Li)
Rodney Mitchell .... additional camera operator
Krista Pastecchi .... additional camera operator
Yana Rafailova .... additional camera operator
David Sperling .... additional camera operator
Rick Weber .... additional camera operator
Foster Wiley .... additional camera operator
 
Animation Department
Benjamin Murray .... stills animator
 
Editorial Department
Joseph Borges .... assistant editor: high definition
Benjamin Murray .... high definition editor
Scot Olive .... colorist
 
Music Department
Elena Barere .... musician: violin
Lori Cheatle .... music consultant
Lori Cotler .... musician: singer, mezzo-soprano
Jonathan Dinklage .... musician: violin and viola
Susan Jacobs .... music supervisor
Wolfram Koessel .... musician: cello
Joe Mendoza .... score mixer
Joe Mendoza .... score recordist
Robert Miller .... musician: piano
Vera Pandolfo .... score production executive
Seth Rothschild .... assistant music supervisor
David Weiss .... musician: wood flutes
Valerie Wilson .... musician: singer, soprano
 
Other crew
Mohammad Al-Ami .... arabic translation services
Mahmoud Baghdady .... arabic translation services
Claudia Becker .... key advisor
Joe Beirne .... technical supervisor
Rob Berkey .... macintosh services: Small Dog Electronics
Amanda Brown .... production assistant
Nora Calkins .... archival researcher (as Nora Colie)
Cletus Dalglish-Schommer .... creative advisor
Erin Heidenreich .... sales agent
Troy Kingsbury .... macintosh services: Small Dog Electronics
Hermes Laoudas .... production accountant: Shine & Cimpany LLP
Pearl Lieberman .... research advisor
Adnan Malik .... production assistant
Alessandra Meyer .... archival researcher
Ibrahim Naboulsi .... arabic translation services
Dana O'Keefe .... sales agent
Mary-Jane Robinson .... field correspondent
Peter Schmidt-Nowara .... creative advisor
Melinda Shopsin .... researcher
Lora Stanbridge .... production assistant: Los Angeles
Mark Steele .... production angel
Robert Stein .... additional legal services: Pryor Cashman Sherman & Flynn LLP (as Bob Stein)
Robert Stein .... legal counsel
Tim Taylor .... additional legal services: Withers
Tim Wells .... production accountant: European Taxation Services Ltd.
May Ying Welsh .... field correspondent
 
Thanks
Edward Eglin .... special thanks (as Ed Eglin)
Jeremy Rabb .... special thanks
 

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Rated PG-13 for disturbing war images and brief language
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USA:98 min
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Charles Lewis:We have this idea that we have lots of information available. There's so much that's not available and so much of the truth, quote, unquote, is obscured by political actors who don't want the world to see what they're doing.See more »
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55 out of 65 people found the following review useful.
thought provoking, 9 February 2006
Author: Jay Lewis (ApocalypseLater) from St Louis, MO

The negative reviews of this film seem to center around "those arrogant, hypocritical Europeans." If any of these reviewers had done their research, they would know that Jarecki is a New Yorker. Just because the film takes a firm stance against America's militarism does not mean that Mr. Jarecki is European.

Why We Fight is a superb complement to Errol Morris' Oscar-winning Fog of War. Morris took indirect shots at George Bush II by showing a Lyndon Johnson speech referring to Vietnam as "a war against tyranny and aggression." In that speech, Johnson also reiterated, "We won't leave until the job is finished." Sound familiar?

Jarecki picks up where Morris left off, more directly highlighting the similarities between Vietnam and the present conflict in Iraq. There are most certainly differences, but the parallels cannot and MUST NOT be ignored if the American people are to have any hope of learning from our government's past and present missteps. Most significantly, Jarecki shows how each conflict was escalated through a lie (Gulf of Tonkin/WMD) and nonsensical pro-freedom rhetoric from the government and the media.

Unlike Michael Moore's poorly constructed Farenheit 9/11, Jarecki does not limit the scope of the film to simplistic Bush team bashing. That's not to say this is absent from the film; Jarecki is obviously anti-Bush and left-leaning. However, he successfully illustrates how all of our elected representatives, Republicans and Democrats, are influenced by the Industrial-Military Complex.

You cannot fight a war against an abstraction (i.e. War on Terror, War on Communism, War on Drugs, War on Crime, et al). People are the true targets of wars. Declaring war without officially declaring it and abusing words like freedom and liberty are just ways of dehumanizing the conflict, and if we dehumanize war, we will never stop fighting.

This is a film that everyone in America should see, and if it is truly so enraging to the right-wingers, I would challenge them to make a comparable documentary defending the Iraq War. I would gladly watch it to see their side of the coin.

"We will bankrupt ourselves in the vain search for absolute security." - Dwight D. Eisenhower

"If tyranny and oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy." - James Madison

"The Department of Defense is a behemoth...With an annual budget larger than the gross domestic product of Russia, it is an empire." - The 9/11 Commission Report

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