Standing Army NR CC

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Over the course of the last century, the US has silently encircled the world with a web of military bases unlike any other in history. No continent is spared. They have shaped the lives of millions, yet remain a mystery to most. Featuring Gore Vidal and Noam Chomsky.

Starring:
Noam Chomsky, Gore Vidal
Runtime:
1 hour 17 minutes

Standing Army

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Product Details

Genres Military & War, Documentary
Director Thomas Fazi, Enrico Parenti
Starring Noam Chomsky, Gore Vidal
Supporting actors Noam Chomsky, Chalmers Johnson, Michael Klare, Edward N. Luttwak, Catherine Lutz, Gore Vidal
Studio Fisher Klingenstein Films
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 7-day viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ken Shinzato on March 19, 2014
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I normally don't write reviews, but my background is unique in that I'm second generation Okinawan, both my parents were born in Naha, but I am also a veteran of the USAF. Most of my extended family still lives in Okinawa. My cousin married an American. I spent a year in Afghanistan and I've been to Kadena AFB so I know a little about living in a base overseas. I see both sides of the story on Okinawa.

Philosophically, I disagree with Chomsky on many, many points, but the reason why I keep reading him is because I like being challenged to think. And so I ask myself, did this film make me think? To that I'd say yes but you must watch it with a critical mind.

The argument set forth is that the American Empire builds bases to project force and this displaces locals, destroys the environment, and causes more war. So the interview of Okinawans has valiant protesters mourning the loss of life and land. The crying children was an especially emotional scene. But it's all extremely one-sided which is fine as long you understand this kind of film is supposed to be.

The portrayal of base life is a bit less focused. Larger bases definitely have BXs, gyms, and food courts with BK. Bagram is like that in Afghanistan. But the FOB I was assigned to didn't have any of that. If the point was to show that bases were being setup for permanent occupation and how that's a bad thing, it sort of missed the point. I also found that it humanized the military, so instead of being a faceless, evil military industrial complex, it became a young soldier who likes Burger King and loves his country.

The biggest critique I have of Chomsky is that while he's extremely good at pointing out the problems, I haven't read any convincing solutions by him.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Cody Shepherd on December 2, 2013
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If you haven't seen this, and you're American, you need to! It sheds light on just how our nation really runs ... what powers it, what drives it, and why we may be a lot more feared than respected in the world today.
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16 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Burch on February 18, 2013
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This film offers an interesting perspective of the American military that most American citizens haven't considered and provides information not commonly found in the American media. There was a lot of focus on the suffering of the citizens of Okinawa and Diego Garcia. While I sympathize with them, the strategic location of those islands means that it is highly likely that they would be occupied and used for military purposes, whether or not the US is the occupying force. And I certainly can appreciate the ire of the citizens of Vicenza, Italy.

I think that this film would be especially interesting for policy wonks like me :-).
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Rheem on January 31, 2014
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The worldwide U.S. military police force is to protect corporate and rich people's business and dollar investments in the U.S. and other countries. Military in Middle East is to continue current levels of oil to U.S. so the citizens and businesses do not riot. U.S. military bases surrounding Russia ad China are to spy on those countries activities and launch missiles against those countries in they dare defy the U.S. Note Hillary Clinton's trying to sell the "keep America strong" bull crap while she certainly knows the opposite truth. U.S. has military in at least 77 foreign countries. Where are the German, Spanish, French, Italian, etc., etc. foreign bases in the U.S.????
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 22, 2013
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Can't argue with the facts in this documentary. Pretty much proved Eisenhower's prediction of a Military Industrial Complex. The interviews were well done with informed individuals.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Tommy T on October 19, 2013
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The US has no business to continue to be the global policeman. 716 military bases in 138 countrys. Really?? Cut that number in half and put that money into paying off the debt and more R and D for renewable energy. Oil is the biggest reason we have most of these bases scattered all over the globe.
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By DAVID GOFF on July 21, 2014
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Kinda scary, when you REALLY start thinking about it
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By John Miller on April 11, 2014
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Somewhat dry documentary nevertheless eye opening how the U.S. goes about securing it's survival as the dominant capitalist democracy. Made me think about how our insatiable consumer appetite feeds the beast.
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