This documentary takes a look at the reasons behind the recent American war in Iraq, drawing on historical parrallels and using a seemingly forgotten speech by Eisenhower, an American hero, where he warned the American people of the threat of a overpowered, overreaching military with strong ties to industry and corporations, and how these intrests can become intertwined.
It draws on a range of contempary interviews with a non partisan list of guests including Republican Presidential Candidate John McCain (i have a new found respect for the man for his insightful and surprisingly frank views on the Military Industrial Complex, and on Donald Rumsfeld!), former CIA agents, Pentagon insiders, New American Century members and historians from a wide range of backgrounds. It uses historical footage and document transcripts to show how military might has been used to expand an American "corporate and economic empire", and how uses it's military to open new free markets to American influence.
What great about it is the strength of the interviews and interviewees and the fact it only reaches it's conclusions towards the end - it is not as in your face as Michael Moore (as much as like his docs) and is more balanced and serious in it's arguments. It does though make for concerning viewing and should serve as a tool to ask the question - What is really happening in the world, and is my government telling me the whole truth, or just their truth?