Why We Fight

There are portions of this documentary that ignite thought on the topic of America’s “industrial military complex.” Then there are portions that amount to rather dull filmmaking. Whether or not you agree with the politics of this movie, which basically states that American wars since World War II are based on making money (Wow! Didn’t know that!), the movie just sort of drags along. It starts on the amazingly prophetic goodbye speech from Ike Eisenhower, when he warned that America could be overtaken by its military objectives and greed; then the film loses focus. There is an interesting storyline involving a man who lost his son on Sept. 11. He petitioned the military to put his son’s name on a bomb when “revenge” was sought on Iraq, then felt betrayed when President Bush revealed that Iraq had no direct involvement with the Sept. 11 attacks. That’s about 10 minutes of the movie; the rest is just repeating info most of us already know.

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