Eugene Jarecki: The American Way of War (interview; clip)

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Updated: added parts 2 and 3


Eugene Jarecki is an award-winning dramatic and documentary filmmaker whose previous film WHY WE FIGHT won the 2005 Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. THE TRIALS OF HENRY KISSINGER, won the 2002 Amnesty International Award. In addition to his work in film, Jarecki is also the Founder and Executive Director of The Eisenhower Project, an academic public policy group, dedicated in the spirit of Dwight D. Eisenhower, to studying the forces that shape American foreign policy.



The American Way of War pt.2

E. Jarecki: Make arms-manufacturers’ political engineering and currying favor with Congress – illegal


The American Way of War Pt.2

E. Jarecki: Make arms-manufacturers’ political engineering and currying favor with Congress – illegal

In the second part of The Real News’ interview with author/film maker Eugene Jarecki  he discusses the importance of understanding the cold war and it’s relation to the current industrial military arms-manufacturers’ political engineering .

Jarecki explains that understanding and learning from our past is instrumental to resolving our current crisis,  “without an understanding of how we lost our way you can’t really figure how to take the steps to go back. We’ve done such things in the world right now that we face the world that we created”

With many arms-manufacturers campaigning to increase production on the grounds that it creates jobs, Jarecki argues that this is the same misleading propaganda that manufacturers have been pushing through congress for years.  He says  “when you are in an economic collapse as we are in right now, you wonder are we spending money on good things and your buying planes to fight wars that are not available to us today you have to ask yourself why is that plane still in production.”

He continues by pointing out the failure in the current government in being so willingly manipulated by these arms manufacturers,  “makers of so many defense systems….engineer support in congress…it’s one of the great short comings of our democracy today…the engineering of our democracy toward absolutely mindless decisions about defense that are simply profitable for the few at the expense of the many”



Leaving Iraq mostly rhetoric Pt3/3


The American Way of War Pt.3

Eugene Jarecki: We won’t leave Iraq as long as oil is the ‘life blood’ of our global dominance

You don’t leave Iraq unless you’ve won. That was the opinion articulated by John McCain during the elections and is a reflection of much of the US foreign policy establishment. Journalist Tom Ricks, who was recently in Baghdad, has reported that “the major events in Iraq are yet to happen.” However, documentary filmmaker and director of Why We Fight, Eugene Jarecki, believes Iraq is entering a more quiet period.

“How can you ever know if you’ve won in a country that has been destabilized by so many decades of outside involvement and internal fracturing?,” Jarecki asks. “So when you set an illusory standard like Senator McCain did, that you can’t leave until you’ve won, you’re basically just saying, get prepared folks, this is a permanent war footing,” Jarecki said.

Jarecki doesn’t think the US can manage to establish a dependable elite in Iraq.

“We live in an age where mass destruction has been democratized. The tools of real destructive power have been put into the hands of ordinary people,” he said.

The resources beneath Iraqi soil are keeping US troops there and Barack’s Obama’s announcement of withdrawing troops by 2011 will not necessarily end the war.

“The goal of the United States in the Middle East from the beginning had to do with patrolling and controlling the lifeblood of our society and the lifeblood of our global dominance,” Jarecki said. “We’re not about to turn our back on that just because somebody said some number in a campaign or somebody is now saying a number in a first year of a new elected candidate.”

However, as the world is going through a time of major change in terms of economy, healthcare and national security, Obama’s message to Iran is a beneficial step for the US to be taking.

“Barrack Obama embracing the idea of a community of nations is already a gigantic departure from what we saw in the past 8 years, where this country seemed to not only be declaring war on Iraq, but to get to Iraq, we declared war on the community of nations itself,” Jarecki said.


Why We Fight (must-see video)