Watched Why We Fight
tonight, the best in the how-did-this-happen genre of Iraq documentary that I've seen. It's loosely organized around Eisenhower's famously prescient "military-industrial complex" farewell address
, returning to the speech multiple times over the course of a nauseating sixty-year history of American militarism overseas.
There aren't a lot of surprises here, in terms of facts; instead, the impact comes in seeing everyday people wrestling (and not-wrestling) with the contradiction between the values we claim to stand for and the actions this country actually takes in the world. As a result, it's brutal.Uncovered
is good, too, taking a more focused view on the build-up to war in Iraq -- but if you see only one how-did-this-happen Iraq documentary this fall, make it Why We Fight