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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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Language:

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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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Quotes

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.
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References The Battle of Russia (1943) See more »

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Not Dark Yet
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Written and performed by Bob Dylan
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A compelling overview of American militarism
12 April 2005 | by gracie28See all my reviews

The best film on the subject we've seen. Comprehensive, sweeping, factual; it covers many points of view but it is always the facts that rivet us and help us understand. "Why We Fight" clearly explains the reasons, starting with World War II right up to Iraq. The film features many luminaries, including the two US pilots who launched the first bomb strike on Baghdad, Senator John McCain, retired CIA experts, pentagon experts and ordinary citizens. The cinematography is first rate. The archival footage is rare and choice. The clips from Dwight D. Eisenhower are relevant and compelling. Highly recommended. Make sure you see this movie either in theaters or on DVD when it becomes available. It may still be playing on HBO. Worth going out of your way for this documentary.


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