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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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Credited cast:
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 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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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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Release Date:

January 2005 (USA) See more »

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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

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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 The Battle of China (1944) See more »

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Not Dark Yet
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A documentary all Americans should watch
31 March 2005 | by FredDaviesSee all my reviews

Despite obvious comparison with Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11this is not a gonzo bit of egotistic movie making with a big cuddly shambolic star doing stunts. This is a serious piece of research and reporting of the highest standard. Instead of the meaningless Bushite mantra of 'freedom; freedom; freedom' it pinpoints the historical dimension of the Iraq war and the ideological manipulation and monetary and political interests of the military industrial complex that has landed USA into the hand of crypto Fascists who hide the truth from the people who instead are fed 'bread and circuses' by the culture industry. However Jarecki includes key neocons like Richard Perle and great clips of Rumsfeld schmoozing with Saddam Hussein – our ally against Iran to whom US sold his wmd. Jarecki also includes a fascinating story of a Vietnam vet who backs the war because it was against Al Qaidia but falls apart as he watches Bush shuffle sheepishly away from that. It was been premièred at the Sundance film festival where it won the Grand Jury prize for documentary. But I doubt any of the US mass media which colludes with the military industrial complex as part of the 'national security state' will allow it to be shown. But we have had it shown In British TV.


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