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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

Writer:

Eugene Jarecki
4 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Ken Adelman ... Himself
John Ashcroft ... Himself (archive footage)
Osama bin Laden ... Himself (archive footage)
George Bush ... Himself (archive footage)
George W. Bush ... Himself (archive footage)
Robert Byrd ... Himself (archive footage)
Frank Capra ... Himself (archive footage)
Dick Cheney ... Himself (archive footage)
Joseph Cirincione ... Himself
Bill Clinton ... Himself (archive footage)
Anh Duong Anh Duong ... Herself
Gwynne Dyer Gwynne Dyer ... Himself
Dwight D. Eisenhower ... Himself (archive footage)
John S.D. Eisenhower John S.D. Eisenhower ... Himself
Susan Eisenhower Susan Eisenhower ... Herself
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Storyline

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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English | Arabic

Release Date:

January 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dlaczego walczymy 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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Quotes

Chalmers Johnson: The B-2 bomber has a piece of it made in every single state to make sure that if you ever try to phase that project out, you will get howls, howls from among the most liberal members of Congress.
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Connections

References Divide and Conquer (1943) See more »

Soundtracks

I Fought In A War
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Performed by Damien Rice
Written by Belle & Sebastian
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Fair and Balanced
13 February 2006 | by chuckhmptnSee all my reviews

I'm as put off by liberals who see only from the perspective of the left as I am by conservatives who see only from the right, so I didn't much enjoy Michael Moore's films. This film however, is not about bashing anyone. This film illustrates how money influences politics, and that is bad for America no matter if you are Republican, Democrat or other. True patriots don't wrap themselves in the flag, they ask hard questions. This film does just that.

And what answers do we find? We find that Eisenhower, a military man of all people, was very scared that having this much power and money invested in a standing army and a huge profit driven industry supporting it, would haunt future Americans.

The film then sets out to show, very convincingly, that we have indeed been involved in conflicts we should not been involved in, and did so for all the wrong reasons. One of the films most important moments is when it shows Bush on tape stating that we did not go into Iraq for reasons related to 9/11. Most American citizens, completely buffaloed by Fox News Channel (when they can be pulled away from watching sports), are completely oblivious to this fact.


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