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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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Eugene Jarecki

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Eugene Jarecki
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Cast

Credited cast:
Ken Adelman Ken Adelman ... Himself
John Ashcroft 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 Joseph Cirincione ... Himself
Bill Clinton ... Himself (archive footage)
Anh Duong Anh Duong ... Herself
Gwynne Dyer Gwynne Dyer ... Himself
Dwight D. Eisenhower ... Himself (archive footage)
John S.D. Eisenhower John S.D. Eisenhower ... Himself
Susan Eisenhower Susan Eisenhower ... Herself
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Storyline

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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English | Arabic

Release Date:

January 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$53,571, 22 January 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,436,279, 14 May 2006
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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...
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References Divide and Conquer (1943) See more »

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Eisenhower was right!
23 December 2006 | by bobzmcishlSee all my reviews

Unfortunately, we don't seem to have leaders today of Eisenhower's caliber - we are being led by a bunch of lightweights, who got us into an unnecessary war that would have appalled Ike. The movie starts of with the Eisenhower farewell address which is the centerpiece of the story that follows - we have allowed the military industrial complex that Ike warned about to play a major role in starting many of the wars this country has been involved with - and we wonder today why the U.S. is so universally disliked around the world. What is interesting is that Eisenower originally intended in his speech to talk about the military-industrial-congressional complex, but at the last minute left out the congressional part, because he did not want to antagonize Congress at the time. The documentary does an excellent job of using archival footage coupled with personal interviews of famous and not so famous subject matter experts who were intimately involved with events that have transpired since Ike left office. Of particular interest are the comments by a former Air Force female officer who worked in the Pentagon to develop the neocon talking points for Rumsfeld and others to justify our attacking Iraq. This is by far one of the best historical documentaries made about a subject that is not talked about enough. If you want to understand why the country can't afford health care and affordable housing or fixing Katrina - watch this movie.


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