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.
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98 min

With the collapse of the Soviet

Union in 1991 Chaney orders

Wufowitz to write a plan,

to write a grand strategy.

That it was now our destiny that

without the Soviet Union...

there is no one who can possibly

approach us in military terms.

It says, that's the way it ought

to be and our policy must...

be to maintain and expand

that. That we are the new Rome.

That's their strategy, on 9/11

they began to implement it.

It's not just simply a matter of capturing

people and holding them accountable,

but removing the sanctuary is removing...

the support systems, ending

states response territory...

The people who came in with the

president, there are many of them anyway,

were certainly prepared to

shift direction in a...

radical direction, I think

it's fair to say radical.

When September 11th happened,

the President and...

his top advisors said to

themselves, correctly I think,

'We need to rethink American foreign policy'

And I think that would have happened

even without the September 11th.

But September 11th was really the event,

that changed American foreign policy.

When I was in a Pentagon, when we

got hit, you know, yes it did change.

It was a very dramatic and terrible thing.

And it does change the perspective. But the war

in Iraq had nothing to do with war on terrorism.

There was a huge leap, a

manufactured leap. In order to...

implement a very calculated and

predeveloped foreign policy.

We must take the battle to the

enemy, disrupt his plans...

and confront the worst

threats before they emerge.

The Bush doctrine is that

preemptive strikes or preemptive...

conflicts, which would never

contemplated in the past,

now have to be contemplated

under certain scenarios.

If you saw the missile about to

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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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