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.
 
IMDB:
8.1
Metacritic:
68
Rotten Tomatoes:
79%
PG-13
Year:
2005
98 min
$1,880,863
Website
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Or is there something else going on here?

When something like this

happens you got to take stock...

of this, you got to understand

what went wrong here.

We live here in the United States of Amnesia.

No one remembers anything before Monday morning.

Everything is a blank.

We have no history.

Guatemala 1954.

The United States intervened

unilaterally, to protect its vital interests.

Lebanon 1959, the United

States fills its policy of...

containment and the Middle East is threatened.

They response openly an unilaterally.

The United States intervened

in Laos, Boetoeng, Brazil.

There are so many theories

about what happened in Iraq.

And why we really went in.

But when you look at the history of the

United States, almost every president,

there is something we

don't like, somewhere in...

the world and we've got to

dispense military force.

Ronald Reagan invaded Grenada in 1983.

Last night I ordered US

military forces to Panama.

This is not about one president or one party.

We fight as a nation because

we perceive it is our interest to fight.

And we then mention words like freedom...

and nice common values.

Who can be against freedom?

When in fact much more has

been going on privately.

Just completed the meating

where our national security...

team and we've received the

latest intelligence updates.

The deliberate and deadly attacks, which

occurred yesterday against our country

were more than acts of terror.

They were acts of war.

September 11th, 2001 provided a group of people,

deeply committed to the

expansion of the American empire.

The opportunity to implement plans

that they had been laying since 1992.

At that time a young Paul Wufowitz

was working in a subordinate position

under Dick Chaney, then

Secretary of Defense, in the Pentagon.

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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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