The film describes the rise and maintenance of the United States military-industrial complex while concentrating on wars led by the United States of the last fifty years and in particular on the 2003 Invasion of Iraq. It alleges that every decade since World War II, the American public has been told a lie to bring it into war to fuel the military-economic machine, which in turn maintains American dominance in the world. It includes interviews with John McCain, Chalmers Johnson, Richard Perle, William Kristol, Gore Vidal and Joseph Cirincione. The film also incorporates the stories of a Vietnam War veteran whose son died in the September 11, 2001 attacks and then had his son's name written on a bomb dropped on Iraq, a 23-year old New York man who enlists in the United States Army citing his financial troubles after his only family member died, and a former Vietnamese refugee who now develops explosives for the American military.
The term military-industrial complex (MIC) refers to a close and symbiotic relationship among a nation's armed forces, its private industry, and associated political and commercial interests. In such a system, the military is dependent on industry to supply material and other support, while the defense industry depends on government for revenue.
The term is most often used in reference to the United States, where it gained popularity after its use in the farewell address of President Dwight D. Eisenhower. As pejorative terms, the "MIC" or the "iron triangle" refer to an institutionalised collusion among defense contractors (industry), The Pentagon (military), and the United States government (Congress, Executive branch), as a cartel that works against the public interest, and whose motivation is profiteering.
You ought to watch this documentary because it explains pretty clearly that we are fighting for private business instead of freedom:
I suggest you also read "A Peoples History Of The United States" but read with a grain of salt, its a bit biased but has lots of good facts and info.
BTW I agree that the "Iron Triangle" exists.
Thinking about it, isn't it eisenhower that was one of the firsts to actually talk against this industrial complex?
Heaven's gonna burn your eyes
16th April 2005
The second part talks more about Eisenhower and the MIC, and how he tried to stop the creation of a permanent militarised state at the detriment of the American people.
I'm still working my way through the doco.