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University of British Columbia
SOCI 100
Debra Pentecost

Soci100 Video: Why We Fight - Main theme: military industrial complex - Question: why do we fight? o Americans: for freedom/liberty/self-determination - Blowback: the unintended consequences of an operation that are suffered by the civil population of the aggressor government o Seen as a random act of violence by the populace - Every American president in the last century has implemented military action on another nation - They fight as a nation because they believe it’s their duty to fight for their values - War in Iraq: why invade Iraq instead of finding the terrorists? o Strategy was to implement American foreign policy (as a result of the “Project for a New American Century” mentality) - WWII: beginning of US military industrialization - Now there is a disconnection between foreign military policy and people o Many people have varying ideas about why there was a war in Iraq - US goal is to have everyone listen to them and obey - US wanted to spread their ideals of democracy to the middle East and be the ones to control them - 50s: permanent military and production was wanted by the government o This is a direct result of the military industrial complex where the government , military and industries have close ties - Today, the US government spends more on military than any other federal expense in the budget - There is military competition between corporations - The military has an overwhelming amount of firepower and overwhelming logistics - Congress – defense spending means jobs and keeping in power (if jobs are lost then there is a risk in losing votes) - There is a large service sector in the military o Troops used to do the cooking/cleaning o Now, hired contractors do these jobs - There was a need for new commodities for the permanent army o The choice was either to go to war or to advance weaponry - Volunteer army in Vietnam relates to foreign contractors o Both predominately in the working class and poor groups o This lead to a
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