Why We Fight is a 2005 documentary film about the military–industrial complex directed by Eugene Jarecki.
The title refers to the World War II-era eponymous propaganda movies commissioned by the US Government to justify their decision to enter the war against the Axis Powers.
Why We Fight describes the rise and maintenance of the United States military–industrial complex and its 50-year involvement with the wars led by the United States to date, especially its 2003 Invasion of Iraq.
The documentary asserts that in every decade since World War II, the American public was misled so that the government (incumbent Administration) could take them to war and fuel the military-industrial economy maintaining American political dominance in the world.
Interviewed about this matter are politician John McCain, political scientist and former CIA analyst Chalmers Johnson, politician Richard Perle, neoconservative commentator William Kristol, writer Gore Vidal, and public policy expert Joseph Cirincione.
Why We Fight documents the consequences of said foreign policy with the stories of a Vietnam War veteran whose son was killed in the 11 September 2001, attacks, and who then asked the military to write the name of his dead son on any bomb to be dropped in Iraq; and that of a 23-year-old New Yorker who enlists in the United States Army because he was poor and in debt, his decision impelled by his mother’s death; and a military explosives scientist (Anh Duong) who arrived in the US as a refugee child from Vietnam in 1975.
Production & Filming Details
- Director: Eugene Jarecki.
- Producer: Susannah Shipman.
- Writer: Eugene Jaracki.
- Music: Robert Miller.
- Cinematography: Etienne Suare and May Ying Welsh.
- Editor: Nancy Kennedy.
- Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics and Axiom Films (UK and Ireland).
- Release Date: January 2005 (Sundance Film festival) and 2 January 2006 (US).
- Running Time: 98 minutes.
- Country: UK, US, Canada, and France.
- Language: English.