Why We Fight

Why We Fight, filmed during the Iraq War, is Eugene Jarecki’s Sundance Grand Jury Award-winning documentary that dissects America’s military machine with a keen eye to answering a necessary question: Why do we engage in war? The revelation begins brilliantly with the famous speech by former president Eisenhower before his retirement from public office warning of the dangers of the new military-industrial complex. The problems of today were already present or taking root back then. Through personal stories of soldiers, government officials, scholars, journalists and innocent victims, the film examines the political and economic interests and ideological factors, past and present, behind American militarism. This was the best political documentary (and I’ve seen just about all of them) I’ve ever seen hands down The film is enlightening and tells a great story, filled with facts coming straight from the source (ex-CIA & Pentagon people, executives at US bomb factories, etc), without any sort of conspiracy-theory-esque or political slant. Facts given by the actual sources.: the impassioned testimony of a sitting President of the United States (when actually still working for the people), high ranking members of the DOD, CIA, and other government agencies, some of who lost their job for telling the truth. The movie looks at military recruits, at Americans and air shows and military displays of weaponry. It looks at some folks on the receiving end of our firepower, and I think it reveals a terrible flaw in our nature either as humans or something uniquely American. This film presents you with the facts and lets you form an opinion. The impact is stunning. I was familiar with the industry-military complex, but the movie does an excellent job at showing how the expansion of the complex to include congress (with an obvious vested interest at keeping jobs within their constituencies) and lobbies (a.k.a. “think-tanks”) of the involved industries completes the picture. I agree it was a touch of genius (so to speak) for the think-tanks to add the concept of “patriotism” whenever a war is fought (no matter where, no matter why), and to avoid showing the dead militaries to the American public. At the end of the movie one realizes how impossible it will be to get out of such a quicksand! The images which will stay with me the longest will be the somber and dignified expression of the Iraqi morgue director, showing with real corpses how imprecise the US “precision missiles” had been, compared with the foxy and conniving smiles of Rumsfeld, Cheney and Bush. Overall, I’d recommend this movie because it does bring up serious problems with the defense establishment and raises questions that citizens MUST ask of their leadership. This is an outstanding documentary that everyone should see, and it is very important for understanding what is going on right now politically and militarily. If you love or even just care about the United States of America you should watch this documentary. Documentary 2005 PG-13 98 minutes.

SEE ALSO:

Uncovered: The War on Iraq

Fahrenheit 9/11

The Oil Factor

The Panama Deception

The Tillman Story

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