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Why We Fight (2005)

Director: Eugene Jarecki

Writer: Eugene Jarecki

Keywords: Documentary

Title lifted from Frank Capra's films made during WWII.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Chalmers Johnson
6-Aug-1931 20-Nov-2010 Blowback
Bill Kristol
23-Dec-1952   Editor of The Weekly Standard
John McCain
29-Aug-1936 25-Aug-2018 US Senator from Arizona
Richard Perle
16-Sep-1941   Prince of Darkness
Dan Rather
31-Oct-1931   Former CBS Anchorman
Gore Vidal
3-Oct-1925 31-Jul-2012 Visit to a Small Planet


Review by anonymous (posted on 28-Apr-2006)

"Why we Fight" (2005) is an excellent masterpiece of a documentary which gets to the root of America's hawkish bent. The producers were espically clever to focus on the words of the late President Dwight D. Eisenhower, along with interview with his son John Eisenhower and grandaughter Susan Eisenhower. The great general who served about 35 years in uniform and served in two world wars obviously knew what war was all about. He was right on the mark during his 1961 farwell address when he talked about the evils of the emerging "military industrial complex". The movie did well to at least remain moderately balanced with interviews and frequent commentary from Richard Pearle and William Kristol. The most moving part of the movie, was during an interview with a woman retired Army Lieutenant Colonel who served at the Pentagon (when it was attacked on 9/11 as well as during the onsett of the Iraq War) who said that she did not want her two sons to serve in today's military because they would be serving to promote an "imperalist cause".

Review by anonymous (posted on 8-Aug-2006)

I think every American citizen should see this movie...It is thought provoking and disturbing. Most Americans don't think about the Military Industrial Complex when the hear politicians debating on TV why we are at war. This movie highlights the many forces beyond the obvious that bring us to the brink of war over and over again. or All points of view were represented,and there was not an overall feel that the author wanted you to feel a certain way when the movie was done. It felt more like the author wanted you to be informed when you viewed the movie. That is how a documentry should be done. No hidden agenda.

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