Why We Fight

Why We Fight is the most meaningful film I’ve seen in a long time.  It is a documentary about Eisenhower’s “Military Industrial Complex.”  I agree with the conclusions of Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11, but his methods and reasoning are just insane and mostly idiotic, I think.  This movie makes the same point, but is much more fair and balanced.  I think it deals with the things that are important.

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The film attacks Republicans and Democrats equally.  Essentially, the United States has become a violent, war-loving people, but our reasons are primarily economic.  We love war because it is good for our economy, not because we love violence per se, but violence in other countries allows us to live the kind of lifestyles we enjoy.

Also, the film “defends” President Bush’s policy of pre-emptive war by reminding us of the many times the United States has inserted ourselves into conflicts around the world.  We have this big military, we need to do something with it.

For examples, in recent years we fought in Korea in the 1950s, Lebanon in 1958, Thailand and Laos in 1962, the Dominican Republic in 1965, Congo in 1967, Cambodia in 1970, Vietnam in the 1970s, Lebanon in 1976, Sinai and Lebanon in 1982, Egypt, Chad, Grenada and Lebanon in 1983, Persian Gulf in 1984, Italy in 1985, Libya in 1986, Persain Gulf in 1987, Panama and the Philipines in 1989, Kuwait and Zaire in 1991, Somolia and Yugoslavia in 1993, Yugoslavia in 1999, the Philipines in 2002, and we’ve been in Iraq since 2003.  I’m pretty sure this is not a full list, and we did plenty of pre-emptive strikes in times past, too.

Finally, did you know we’re building 14 permanent military bases in Iraq?  How quickly is the military planning to get out?  Not real quick, that’s for sure.  There is lots more information in the movie and on the web.

Another way to think about this movie . . . why does the rest of the world hate the USA?  This is part of the answer.  Highly recommended movie.  Thought provoking, for sure.  Not easy to watch, but fair and balanced, I think.

Here are some more resources, in case you’re interested.

Why does everyone hate the USA?

Instances of US Forces Abroad

Permanent Military Bases in Iraq

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One response to “Why We Fight

  1. I am a 2 tour Vietnam Veteran who recently retired after 36 years of working in the Defense Industrial Complex on many of the weapons systems being used by our forces as we speak. I believed another Vietnam could be avoided with defined missions and the best armaments in the world.

    It made no difference.

    We have bought into the Military Industrial Complex (MIC). If you would like to read how this happens please see:

    http://www.vanityfair.com/politics/features/2007/03/spyagency200703

    Through a combination of public apathy and threats by the MIC we have let the SYSTEM get too large. It is now a SYSTEMIC problem and the SYSTEM is out of control. Government and industry are merging and that is very dangerous.

    There is no conspiracy. The SYSTEM has gotten so big that those who make it up and run it day to day in industry and government simply are perpetuating their existance.

    The politicians rely on them for details and recommendations because they cannot possibly grasp the nuances of the environment and the BIG SYSTEM.

    So, the system has to go bust and then be re-scaled, fixed and re-designed to run efficiently and prudently, just like any other big machine that runs poorly or becomes obsolete or dangerous.

    This situation will right itself through trauma. I see a government ENRON on the horizon, with an associated house cleaning.

    The next president will come and go along with his appointees and politicos. The event to watch is the collapse of the MIC.

    For more details see:

    http://rosecoveredglasses.blogspot.com/2006/11/odyssey-of-armaments.html

    We have a military veteran friend who was honorably discharged during the Vietnam era. He served in the US Navy while having dual citizenship (Canadian/US). He was born in Canada and his family moved to New York when he was a child and became dual Canadian and US Citizens.

    After discharge my friend worked in the US for over 3 decades, paying US taxes and Social Security. When it came time to retire and apply for his pension he was informed that the US Department of Homeland Security had revoked his US citizenship and did not recognize his Canadian citizenship.

    The Social Security Administration will not begin his pension payments until his citizenship issue is resolved. He has been trying to work this matter through the VA, his local representatives in government (congressional level) and directly through the Social Security Office. No one seems to know what to do, who should take action and who has responsibility. The DHS will not reply to his inquiries. Any ideas?

    For further details on this vet see:

    http://www.rosecoveredglasses.blogspot.com

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