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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 ... 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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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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[from trailer]
John McCain: The United States is the greatest force for good in the world.
John McCain: We have not an obligation to go out and start wars, but certainly to spread democracy and freedom throughout the world.
John McCain: ...When does the United States go from a force for good to a force of imperialism?
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Referenced in The Daily Show: Eugene Jarecki (2006) See more »

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(I Want) The Good Life
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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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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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1.85 : 1
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