Inspired by Dwight Eisenhower's legendary farewell speech (in which he coined the phrase 'military industrial complex'), filmmaker Jarecki surveys the scorched landscape of a half-century's military adventures, asking how and telling why a nation of, by, and for the people has become the savings-and-loan of a system whose survival depends on a state of constant war.
"Why We Fight" moves beyond the headlines of various American military operations to the deeper questions of why, why does America fight? What are the forces; political, economic, and ideological, that drive them to fight against an ever-changing enemy?
When people discuss the sinister reasons for the Iraq war oil is usually mentioned. But it seems that one huge potential reason is overlooked. Wars use expensive weapons and arms. Corporations gain from the sale of these weapons through increased revenues, profits and stock prices. Military companies support politicians that are expected to keep their interests in mind. And the bill for these weapons comes directly from the government to U.S. taxpayers. This is not a far-fetched conspiracy but simply the natural evolution of business when checks and balances are not in place. This film investigates the history of 'the military industrial complex.'