posted on Jan, 18 2006 @ 12:24 PM
A new film that looks into the motivations behind modern warfare opens Friday, and it promises to be controversial. Motivated by President Dwight D.
Eisenhower's 1961 farewell address, the film chronicles the rise of the Military-Industrial Complex to the national supremacy it enjoys today.
WHY WE FIGHT, the new film by Eugene Jarecki which won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, is an unflinching look at the anatomy
of the American war machine, weaving unforgettable personal stories with commentary by a “who’s who” of military and beltway insiders.
Featuring John McCain, Gore Vidal, William Kristol, Chalmers Johnson, Richard Perle and others, WHY WE FIGHT launches a bipartisan inquiry into the
workings of the military industrial complex and the rise of the American Empire.
Inspired by Dwight Eisenhower’s legendary farewell speech (in which he coined the phrase “military industrial complex”), filmmaker Jarecki (THE
TRIALS OF HENRY KISSINGER) surveys the scorched landscape of a half-century’s military adventures, asking how – and telling why – a nation of,
by, and for the people has become the savings-and-loan of a system whose survival depends on a state of constant war.
The film moves beyond the headlines of various American military operations to the deeper questions of why – why does America fight? What are the
forces – political, economic, ideological – that drive us to fight against an ever-changing enemy?
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This is a must see for anyone interested in the 'other' motivations for war. Jarecki comments that, when asked, nearly everyone says we fight for
freedom. That's all well and good. He has chosen to delve deeper into the motivations behind warfare, and his film is lauded as an even-handed look
at what other forces cause us to go to war in the modern age. Eisenhower's farewell address is the logical starting place.
[edit on 18-1-2006 by Icarus Rising]
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