Film: Why We Fight

May 31st, 2009

An unflinching look at the military industrial complex and the rise of the American Empire. Inspired by Dwight Eisenhower’s legendary farewell speech (in which he coined the phrase “military industrial complex”), the film surveys the scorched landscape of a half-century’s military adventures, asking how – and telling why – a nation of, by, and for the people has become the savings-and-loan of a system whose survival depends on a state of constant war. The film moves beyond the headlines of various American military operations to the deeper questions of why – why does America fight? What are the forces – political, economic and ideological – that drive us to fight against an ever-changing enemy?

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