Why We Fight

Synopsis: 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.
Director(s): Eugene Jarecki
Production: Sony Pictures Classics
  4 wins & 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
98 min

'Why do they hate us?'

That's the question everybody's asking.

Our government did not want the forensic

question asked 'What were their motives?'.

And instead shows to say

'Thy were just evil doers.'

And the towers keep falling. Every

five minutes they go to tower again.

I've Come on the phone, I call the NBC.

I'm listening to your newscast. How many times

you gonna show those goddamn towers coming down?

Don't you have any respect for the people,

who have family and friends in those towers?

Do we have to keep watching

them fall down? I watch them...

fall down fifty times already.

When are you gonna stop?

Please stop. You are ripping my heart out.

...I guess people, that hate freedom.

God gave me two greatest sons

any parent could ever ask for.

Why he took one back?

I'll never know.

I can hear you.

The rest of the world hears you.

And the people..

And the people, who knock these

buildings down will hear all of us soon.




Somebody has to pay for this.

Somebody has to pay for 9/11th.

I want enemy dead. I wanna see their bodies...

stacked up, for what they

did, for taking my son.

On September 12, 2001, The President's

national security team met...

to discuss a military response to

the attacks of the previous day.

The discussion included the prospect of a...

preemptive military strike

against the nation of Iraq.

There was a moment when

the entire world was behind us.

There was a million people,

demonstrating in the streets of Teheran

in favor of the United States.

We had the world behind us.

Now kids are dying.

Billions are being spent every month.

Animosity against United States is stronger

now than it ever has been in history.

What happened here?

Is it just the experience of September 11th?

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Eugene Jarecki

Eugene Jarecki is an American dramatic and documentary filmmaker whose works include The House I Live In, Reagan, Why We Fight, The Trials of Henry Kissinger, Freakonomics, Quest of the Carib Canoe and The King. Why We Fight and The House I Live In were both awarded the Grand Jury Prize for Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival, in 2005 and 2012 respectively. The King had its North American premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, following its international premiere at Cannes Film Festival in 2017. Beyond his work in film, Jarecki is also a public thinker on matters of U.S. defense, social justice, and foreign policy, and is the author of The American Way of War: Guided Missiles, Misguided Men, and a Republic in Peril (Simon & Schuster, 2008). more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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