“I remember when in the Pacific the word spread that the bombs had been dropped, 99.9% of us were delighted, because we had been convinced that, if Japan was not hit by nuclear weapons, a million of us would be killed. Drop those bombs and they will surrender. But they were trying to surrender all that summer. But Truman wouldn’t listen; he wanted to drop the bombs. To show off. To frighten Stalin. To change the balance of power in the world. To declare war on Communism.” – Gore Vidal
Number of Times Seen – 1 (28 Apr 2019)
Brief Synopsis – Documentary that explores the reasoning as to why the United States have become an industrial war machine over the past 70 years.
My Take on it – This is a documentary that I came across by accident and was quite intrigued by the premise.
They do a great job doing their best to uncover the truth as to the events and reasons that has led to America becoming an industrial war machine ever since the beginning of the Cold War over 70 years ago.
The interviews shown here are quite intriguing and we get to hear the thoughts of current policy makers along with descendants of some of the people who helped create this military atmosphere that has encompassed the country, its citizens and soldiers for decades.
The film has a very clear message that is related again and again over the course of the film and they show that it makes no difference which political party is in power because both the Republicans and Democrats helps perpetuate this atmosphere over the years that still is apparent today.
The one things that slightly bothered me about this film is the fact that the query brought forth through the title is never answered definitively (since there is none) yet it does give us much to consider and think about for a long time after viewing.
Bottom Line – Great documentary that does a really good job trying to uncover the truth as to what has led the United States to become an industrial war machine since the beginning of the Cold war This film has some great interviews with policy makers over the years and even descendants of some of the people who created the military atmosphere that has surrounded the country and its citizens for decades. The message of this film is quite clear throughout and they show that it doesn’t matter which political party is in power since they both have helped perpetuate the climate that we are still in today. The film doesn’t give a definitive answer to the question queried in the title yet manage to give us much to consider and think about. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Winner of the Grand – Jury Prize – Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)
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