Why We Fight

Why We Fight

Byr Eugene Jarecki

  • Genre: Documentary
  • Release: 2006-01-20
  • Rate: PG-13
  • Lenght: 1h 39min
  • Director: Eugene Jarecki
  • Producer: Charlotte Street Films
  • Country: Canada, Denmark, France, United Kingdom, United States of America
  • iTunes Price: USD 12.99
  • iTunes Rent: USD 3.99
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Grand Jury Prize winner at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, "Why We Fight" offers a revealing look at how America has readied itself for battle, and what compels us to so frequently wage war around the world. Produced in the midst of the second Iraq War, documentary filmmaker Eugene Jarecki's "Why We Fight" is an unflinching examination of the forces fueling the American military machine for over half a century and their global consequences. The film opens with President Dwight D. Eisenhower's 1961 farewell speech, in which he warned Americans of the growing power of the "military industrial complex." Expanding upon Eisenhower's warning, Jarecki relies on interviews with American soldiers, government officials, military insiders, defense industry personnel, congressman, scholars, ordinary Iraqis, and many others to provide personal, political and economic analysis of the last 50 years of U.S. military expansion, wars and interventions. What emerges is an eye-opening and often chilling portrait of how political, corporate, and military interests have become progressively entangled through the business of war.



  • Thought provoking

    By RamSantoyo
    Jarecki does good job illustrating the beast that Eisenhower forewarned about in the "military-industrial complex". War profiteering is nothing new, it has existed well before Eisenhower's 1961 farewell address. However, Jarecki does a decent job of demonstrating this but perhaps focused too largely on anti-Iraq war rhetoric. As a result, it tends to take away from his argument in a sense; he fails to show the viewer the greater context of conflict where this "complex" thrives. That said, decent documentary to engage the everyday scholary documentary watcher interested in better understanding war and its "cost". For others with greater indepth historical background in conflicts and wars, you will find some value in a great play off of Frank Capra's original DoD propraganda film collection about "Why we fight". He who controls the information controls the masses. Worth watching.
  • Truth!!!!

    By UnityIsPower2
    Must see for all. Always ask questions about where we are and why, then make shure it is truth!! How can you expect the question, "why we fight" would be answerd. Just as i said, it is this sence of question, asking why! that is the goal of the title and movie... Get it now. It is your own question and answere to find and by doing so, the movie has done its job extreamly well.
  • Truth is Often Stranger Than Fiction

    By mattme020202
    Don't listen to the previous review. This is a perspective to consider. Everything happening today is related to something that happened in the past. Put the pieces together...by yourself. Use this, then do the research and see that propaganda works here too. Thanks for offering this film iTunes.
  • A different perspective that lacks facts

    By thepotshack
    This is a documentary that is definitely in the vein of Fahrenheit 911 but without the far leaning left ideals Michael Moore brings to his films. It does incorporate a historical prospective that I found interesting and enlightening. I liked the archival movie footage and the attempt at looking at war from the last century. I must admit that I did expect an answer at the end of the movie to why we fight, and was disappointed when it was not presented. The most disappointing aspect of this documentary was the absence of real facts or figures for the prospective. The movie seemed riddled with anecdotal evidence from actors with some small piece of the overall picture, but many of them seemed to be rambling and complaining about the past, not unlike an older grandparent complaining of how the pace of life has just become to fast. I think this movie does a descent job of glazing over the surface of the problems that now are exhibited in our modern industrial era but by no means accurately reflect the depth of the problem with evidence, but chose the easier way out, to anecdotaly complain.