The Military Industrial Complex
Why we Fight was directed by Charlotte Street and it focuses on the development of the American military force. This force eventually evolved into an organization called the military industrial complex (MIC). A development that has ultimately increased our arsenal and our military dominance throughout the world. Although the assurance of this country’s protection has undoubtedly been apparent, congress’s excessive fundings towards the MIC have unfortunately distorted its own ideologies from a purpose of national security to a purpose of corporate interests. Therefore, the further growth of this organization should not continue or the blowback that has already befallen on this country will be the least of their worries.
The Pearl Harbor attack was the catalyst of America’s involvement in World War 2. The consequences from this involvement led to the decision of permanently militarising the country and defend its influential power which helped shape the post WWII world. Unfortunately, fear and greed influenced the actions of the United States government through the rest of the 20th and 21st centuries. The potential threat of losing their military dominance in the world lead America to use the ideals of freedom and democracy as an excuse to involve themselves in foreign affairs. The film adds to this with a propaganda from the 40’s, “We lack the weapons to defend ourselves! Build, prepare is the cry! Quickly the government springs into action and initiate the gigantic rearmament program; a program designed to make America the arsenal of democracy!” (Why we Fight) America made it their obligation to show the world how things ought to be because they believed their way was the best way. Their interventional approach in foreign affairs while flexing their military muscles helped not only to somewhat control potential threats, but to also make a profit from their resources. This unfortunately shows how much congress failed to heed President Eisenhower’s final warning.
President Eisenhower’s final address to the United States left us with a warning towards the development of the MIC. He expressed, “...We recognise the imperative need for this development, yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisitions of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the Military Industrial Complex. The potential of the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.” (Why We Fight). Unfortunately, Eisenhower’s worst fears from that address came true with the MIC’s distorted goal to keep growing. The eventual absence of vigilance within congress spiraled its integrity while the saying “God bless America” turned into “God bless our contractors.”
Many different weapon-manufacturing corporations (Halliburton, KBR, and the Boeing Company) successfully gained contracts to not only create the weapons congress needed, but to also provide...