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This Week: Truman and Eisenhower
This Week
January 27, 2006

This week on NOW:

NOW gets perspective on the business of making war from award-winning filmmaker Eugene Jarecki. Jarecki's latest film WHY WE FIGHT examines the history of the politics and business of war and explores what it tells us about the war on terror and the war in Iraq. "You can almost see how necessary policy makers feel it is to lie to the public…to give us reasons like WMDs or the Gulf of Tonkin, equally powerful illusions, to convince us against our better judgment that going to war is necessary," says Jarecki. The film just opened in theaters after winning the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival last year. Jarecki's 2002 documentary THE TRIALS OF HENRY KISSINGER received the 2002 Amnesty International Award and was broadcast in over thirty countries.

"The defense budget is basically being governed by Cold war priorities," says former Pentagon analyst Chuck Spinney. "We're buying very, very little in terms of the kind of weapons that we need, to fight the kind of wars we're actually fighting." Spinney, who retired from the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Program Analysis and Evaluation after working in the Pentagon for almost three decades, is uniquely qualified to evaluate America's defense spending. During his tenure, he repeatedly challenged military officials and lawmakers to make better use of the hundreds of billions of dollars in spending to secure a strong defense.

In Depth

Eugene Jarecki

Defense Dollars

Defense Spending Map

Chuck Spinney

Franklin "Chuck" Spinney

Defense Research Sites

Focus on Iraq


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Eugene Jarecki (13:48)

Chuck Spinney (8:54)

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