Why We Fight

A FILM BY Eugene Jarecki


Synopsis

"Why We Fight," the film by Eugene Jarecki which won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, is an unflinching look at the anatomy of the American war machine, weaving unforgettable personal stories with commentary by a "who’s who" of military and beltway insiders. Featuring John McCain, Gore Vidal, William Kristol, Chalmers Johnson, Richard Perle and others, ‘Why We Fight’ launches a bipartisan inquiry into the workings of 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"), filmmaker Jarecki ("The Trials of Henry Kissinger") 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.

Release Date

Original Languages: English
Genre: Documentary
Running Time: 98 min.
Year: 2005

CREDITS

CAST
Dan Rather
Gore Vidal
John McCain
Richard Perle
Susan Eisenhower
DIRECTED BY
Eugene Jarecki