Why We Fight

A friend from work got free tickets to the pre-screening of a new movie "Why We Fight" at the Hollywood theatre.

The movie was great. It is a documentary about the military-industrial complex, weaving in Eisenhower's farewell address as a guide for looking at the current state of the military and the military business.

"This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence – economic, political, even spiritual – is felt in every city, every Statehouse, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society.

In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist...."

The movie was great, but it just left me feeling frustrated. Its like I look up and realize that another year has passed and nothing has changed. Its the same feeling I had when I saw Fahrenheit 9/11, the feeling that if so many other people feel the same way as I do, something has to change soon. The media has to start calling the president and his cabinet on thir bullshit, Congress has to stop rolling over whenever anyone throws out the "patriotism" card, big money has to stop having such influence in why we fight. See this movie if you can.

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