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Why We Fight -- Winner of the 2005 Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, Eugene Jarecki's groundbreaking documentary dissects the political, economic and historic reasons behind our increasingly aggressive military strategy since the end of World War II.
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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It is nowhere written that the American empire goes on forever.
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 »
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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
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
USA:98 min
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Karen Kwiatkowski:I think we fight because basically not enough people are standing up saying, "I'm not doing this anymore."See more »
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121 out of 156 people found the following review useful.
Excellent direction and comprehensive arguments, 26 March 2005
Author: seancondon

Even if you don't agree with the sentiment of the movie, you have to admit that this is directed with great energy and pace. While Michael Moore touches the surface of it and Kevin Costner's JFK hinted at it, this documentary drives home the message (through facts) that it is the military-industrial-congress-think tanks complex that is driving not only US foreign policy, but a large part of the economy. One of the most memorable moments I got from this documentary was Richead Perle's conclusion that no-one should expect this situation to change - this is how things are, and they're not going back. Overall it is the most complete picture of US Foreign Policy I have seen.

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