Why We Fight (2005)
War = business?
“This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience…we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.” Dwight D. Eisenhower farewell speech as President, 17th of January 1961.
One thousand billion dollars, that is the amount of money the US government will be spending directly or indirectly for the American military apparatus in the year 2008. That is the same amount of money spent in the year 2004 worldwide for military infrastructures and activities. (Article of Chalmers Johnson in Lettre International 2008/1)
Why We Fight describes the rise and maintenance of the United States military-industrial complex and its involvement in the wars led by the United States during the last fifty years, and in particular in the 2003 Invasion of Iraq. The film alleges that in every decade since World War II, the American public has been told a lie to bring it into war to fuel the military-economic machine, which in turn maintains American dominance in the world. It includes interviews with John McCain, Chalmers Johnson, Richard Perle, William Kristol, Gore Vidal and Joseph Cirincione.
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