Thursday, February 02, 2006

Why We Fight 

Thanks to Steve Clemons, last night I had the opportunity to attend a pre-release premier of Eugene Jarecki's brilliant film Why We Fight.

The film works off of Eisenhower's eye opening farewell speech , where he warns us that we must "guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex". If you haven't heard/read the speech before, you should. It's hard to believe those words come from a former 5-Star General. Eisenhower seems to have wanted to make sure that Americans do not rely on the military to supply all services (Education, health care, etc.).

Anyway, the names below, are featured in the film. All, except for Vidal, Lewis, and Sekzer, are/were practitioners of the "Military Insustrial Complex".

Wilton Sekzer -- Officer, NYPD

Fuji & Tooms -- Stealth Fighter Pilots, U.S. Air Force

Lt. Col. Karen Kwiatkowski -- Officer, Pentagon Middle East Desk

William Solomon -- New Recruit, U.S. Army

Anh Duong -- Explosives Expert, Indianhead Naval Center

Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, former Chief of Staff, Department of State (attended the screening)

Senator John McCain (R-AZ)

Chalmers Johnson, CIA 1967-73; President, Japan Policy Research

Joseph Cirincione, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Gore Vidal, author

Charles Lewis, Center for Public Integrity

Richard Perle, Pentagon Advisor; American Enterprise Institute

William Kristol, Editor, The Weekly Standard

Col. Richard Treadway, Commander, Stealth Fighter Squadron

James Roche, Secretary of the Air Force

John S.D. Eisenhower, Son of Dwight Eisenhower

Susan Eisenhower, Granddaughter of Dwight Eisenhower; Eisenhower

Gwynne Dyer, Military Historian

Donna Ellington, President, Raytheon Missile Systems

Col. Wally Saeger, U.S. Air Force Munitions Directorate,

Franklin "Chuck" Spinney, Pentagon Systems Analyst (ret)

Dan Rather, CBS News

Personally, I think Mr. Sekzer (son killed on 9/11), Lt. Col. Kwiatkowski (former "architect" of the Iraq War, who now seems to bitterly oppose Rumsfeld's Pentagon), and Chalmers Johnson (former CIA agent) were the interviews that stood out. The film istelf, is very powerful as well as depressing-what can we do to change things? Go watch it, and decide.


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