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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

Writer:

Eugene Jarecki
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Credited cast:
Ken Adelman ... Self
John Ashcroft ... Self (archive footage)
Osama bin Laden ... Self (archive footage)
George Bush ... Self (archive footage)
George W. Bush ... Self (archive footage)
Robert Byrd ... Self (archive footage)
Frank Capra ... Self (archive footage)
Dick Cheney ... Self (archive footage)
Joseph Cirincione ... Self
Bill Clinton ... Self (archive footage)
Anh Duong Anh Duong ... Self
Gwynne Dyer Gwynne Dyer ... Self
Dwight D. Eisenhower ... Self (archive footage)
John S.D. Eisenhower John S.D. Eisenhower ... Self
Susan Eisenhower Susan Eisenhower ... Self
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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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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.
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(I Want) The Good Life
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Performed by Ernie Maresca
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Very interesting and revealing, but not complete
2 August 2005 | by ulfdahlenSee all my reviews

As a European I've wondered about America's preoccupation with war and military. Most Europeans oppose military solutions, even when there's a good case for it, probably because of our history of many, many bloody wars.

This movie explains the historic, financial and political reasons for America's enormous military spending (but I'm still left wondering why the people of USA want it).

Eisenhower's farewell speech was very insightful. I had no idea he had seen the dangers already 40 years ago. Using this speech as the base, the filmmaker looks at how the military-industrial establishment has grown to enormous proportions. The military is a part of American society in a way completely different from most European countries.

I would like to see a sequel to this movie, dealing more with American society, perhaps contrasting it with some other big countries (England, France, Germany).


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Release Date:

January 2005 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$53,571, 22 January 2006

Gross USA:

$1,439,972

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,439,972
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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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