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“An eye opening look at Eisenhower's warning of the 'Military Industrial Complex' and how we have continued to feed the beast.”
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President Eisenhower warned us but we didn't pay any attention, and now here we are living in the middle of what he predicted--an economy driven by corporations that thrive on


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Fans of Oliver Stone'sJ.F.K.will recognize the opening moments of writer-director Eugene Jarecki'sWhy We Fight, in which outgoing President Dwight Eisenhower warns of the pernicious and growing influence of what he called the "military-industrial complex." But Stone's movie, which uses the same footage, was a work of fiction. While those who disagree with the decidedly leftist point of view in this documentary will probably consider it the product of paranoid liberal fantasy as well, there's enough credible material, much of it supplied by the targets of Jarecki's criticisms, to make Eisenhower look like a prophet and everyone else uneasy about the dark confluence of politics, money, and war that controls the country's fortunes. The message here is that while there may be some who sincerely believe that America's various military engagements (in Iraq, Vietnam, Grenada, Panama, and elsewhere) since World War II are the product of our God-given duty to spread freedom and halt the influence of evil ideologies around the world, the real reason we fight is that war is good business. This is hardly a bulletin; anyone who is surprised by allegations that politicians pander to defense contractors, or that Vice President Dick Cheney helped secure huge deals for Halliburton, the company he formerly headed, simply hasn't been paying attention (Politicians lie? How shocking!). In fact, the principal drawback to Jarecki's film is simply that ...
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Director: Eugene Jarecki
Genre: Documentary
Release Date: 2006
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Screen Writer: Eugene Jarecki
DVD Release Date: June 27, 2006
Runtime: 1hr 39min
Studio: Sony Pictures
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