Why We Fight (2005)
Joseph Cirincione: In some ways, the military-industrial complex may become so pervasive that it is now invisible. This is about, you know, ideas and influence and what's safe for your career. Being seen in opposition to strong defense policies is a liability. Not just for a politician who wants to run for president, but for an expert who wants to make a name in town, or a journalist who wants to get his or her story on the front page of the paper. In this way, restricting the level of discussion to this rush for war.
Chalmers Johnson: The 'defense' budget is three quarters of a trillion dollars. Profits went up last year well over 25%. I guarantee you: when war becomes that profitable, we're going to see more of it.
Chalmers Johnson: The B-2 bomber has a piece of it made in every single state to make sure that if you ever try to phase that project out, you will get howls, howls from among the most liberal members of Congress.
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?
Charles Lewis: We elected a government contractor as vice-president.
Karen Kwiatkowski: I think we fight because basically not enough people are standing up saying, "I'm not doing this anymore."
John McCain: Where the debate and controversy begins is how far does the United States go, and when does it go from a force for good to a force of imperialism?
Karen Kwiatkowski: I have two sons and I will allow none of my children to serve in the United States Military. If you join the military now you are not defending the United States of America, you are helping certain policy makers pursue an imperial agenda.
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.
Karen Kwiatkowski: We have a congress that failed, in every way, to ask the right questions, to hold the president to account. Our congress failed us miserably, and that's because many in congress are beholden to the military-industrial complex.
Gore Vidal: We live here in the United States of Amnesia. Noone remembers anything before monday morning. Everything is a blank. They have no history.
Narrator: The Unites States bombed Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, and three days later they detonated another atomic bomb on the city of Nagasaki.
1945 radio commentator: What has been done is the greatest achievement of organized science in history.
Gore Vidal: I remember when in the Pacific the word spread that the bombs had been dropped, 99.9% of us were delighted, because we had been convinced that, if Japan was not hit by nuclear weapons, a million of us would be killed. Drop those bombs and they will surrender. But they were trying to surrender all that summer. But Truman wouldn't listen; he wanted to drop the bombs. To show off. To frighten Stalin. To change the balance of power in the world. To declare war on Communism.