Monday, April 23, 2007

Why We Fight

The following video made the front page of Digg and quickly became one of its most popular posts:


(From Youtube user randomemailaddress1)

Great animation with an important point. But it occurred to me that it doesn't really do justice to some of the nuances that are important to understanding the danger of the military industrial complex.

This led me to search for a movie I'd seen on DVD, "Why We Fight," by Eugene Jarecki, which, while far from perfect, is at least better than a 2-minute animation on the subject. I'd urge anyone to watch this film; even if you don't agree with the points, it will at least jog your thinking and hopefully make you think more critically about our military-industrial complex. I found that Youtube user Eurasure has posted the entire movie on Youtube. So, if you have the time, here it is in 4 parts:

The Trailer:

One of the most telling lines: "The defense budget is $750 billion. Profits went up last year well over 25%. When war becomes that profitable, you're going to see more of it."

Part 1:


Part 2:


Part 3:


Part 4:

1 comment:

RoseCovered Glasses said...

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.

Politicians make 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/inside-pentagon-procurement-from.html