Monday, January 23, 2006

The Industrial-Military Complex: Jarecki's WHY WE FIGHT

Eisenhower looks like Bob Waring, my Recognized-by-the-State-of-California-Domestic-Partner-Father-in-law.

And like Bob, Eisenhower was no dummy. He warned us the military was doing the bidding of corporations and that democracy was succumbing to capitalism and empire building, that our nation would suffer greatly because of this.

"One B-52 bomber could pay for twenty brand new schools..." things like that.

Mamie's husband's warnings proved to bear out. It has happened. The quality of life in this country is terrible. The corporations will do anything for profits, will rape any land for its resources. The poor have no choice but to go into the military to fight for more oil. And it is the oil that keeps the military going. This industrial military complex has created a slave class in this country, as well as around the world.

To see the footage of the triumvirate of Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld is as horrifying as watching any old footage of Nixon. Actually, worse. Because there's three of them. The lies are so blatant. But what I find even more astonishing is how the pride of these men is much larger than any worrying about being caught lying. They smile, preen and enjoy their positions of power, so much, that they come across with the attitude, "Dare to cross me. I'm so powerful, you don't stand a chance." Humility in the face of international murder? Not a chance.

The footage and the interviewees will remove any doubt about the ethics of greed that has taken over our country. The hard right has greatly compromised our democracy and has only created resentment and hatred around the globe. We all know this. But to see it laid out. To see how these wretched men have pulled it off by handing our country over to corporations, who have been allowed to take over the very fiber of the United States of America, will make you sick.

Is it the human condition, if given the chance, to endlessly acquire with no heed to the happiness of others?

Why We Fight won The Grand Jury Prize at Sundance in 2005. This is really amazing film making. It is so intelligent. It is so clear. And it is chilling.


1 comment:

RebeccaW said...

Very interesting review. I'll see the movie. And Eisenhower was a Republican! I've always thought that Nixon was a saint compared to the current administration. Our foreign relations were actually improved under Nixon. We didn't hemorrhage money. But Dad looks more like Jimmy Carter than Eisenhower.