Movie of the Day – Why We Fight

I found that this is an appropriate documentary to bring to light now that today marks the end of Iraq operations.  While this was an extremely long time coming, this more f a time to reflect on the instances and meaning of going to war.  In some ways, it honestly feels like this is a never ending war, even with the withdraw happening.  So a rather poignant documentary to watch today, one that explores the question of why we fight.

In 1961, as Dwight D. Eisenhower gave his final address to the nation before leaving the office of President of the United States, he warned that America “must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence…by the military-industrial complex.” Nearly 45 years later, as the United States finds itself waging a war in Iraq for reasons that seem increasingly unclear with the passage of time, Eisenhower’s statement becomes all the more pertinent, and the question becomes more apt: has the machinery the United States established to wage war helped prevent conflict, or has it done more to inspire it? Documentary filmmaker Eugene Jarecki offers an in-depth look at how the United States has readied itself for battle, and why and how the nation goes to war in the film Why We Fight. Named for Frank Capra‘s famed series of Defense Department films (which explained the motives behind America’s entry into World War II), Why We Fight features interviews with foot soldiers, Army recruits, Pentagon personnel, decorated veterans, members of Congress, national security advisors, top military strategists, and many more as they talks about the core philosophies of American military strategy and how they have changed since the end of the Second World War. Why We Fight received the Grand Jury Prize at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. – Mark Deming, Rovi

I don’t have much to say about the documentary, other than the ominous feeling that eventually, the empire that is the United States might soon come to an end.  Either it is just consumed by war or we lose ourselves in attrition.  The idea of the force for good or imperialism comes to mind frequently when watching the chilling footage of propaganda and the plea from Eisenhower about the error in America’s push toward military dominance.  There are just too many things that start to hit close to home when you look at the documentary through a prism of our own current world.

About Nick
I am just another blogger putting his thoughts into a website. My love is movies so most of my musings will be movie related. I work as an online marketer for an advertising company and when I am not earning a paycheck, I moonlight as a vigilante film blogger.

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