The World Without US - With Niall Ferguson
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The producer and narrator, Mitch Anderson, goes on a journey around the world seeking answers, but first telling his own story of coming to America after escaping Soviet oppression. He had grown up hearing about "Mr. Truman and Mr. Eisenhower," and how his family hoped they would return to free Eastern Europe from Soviet oppression -- but they never did. Mitch takes his journey, thoughts, and themes seriously and yet with care and conviction. There is input from everyone from former US Ambassadors to Bosnian citizens to a North Korean escapee, and many more. The cheif anchor of the documentary is Niall Ferguson, PhD (professor of history at Oxford University is just one of his credits), who adds thoughtful and well-spoken thoughts.
The documentary asks many tough questions, and it receives answers from people of many varying cultural backgrounds. The conclusions it draws are not always complete (because there are not always easy answers), but they usually make sense, even when they are surprising. I was reminded of some of the conflicting thoughts myself and some friends had after watching the excellent film "Hotel Rwanda." Some of my friends who are opposed to U.S. involvement in any international affairs had some conflicting thoughts as well.Read more ›
This 90 minute presentation takes a hard look at what the world would be like if the United States were to dis-involve its military presence in world affairs and just keep to itself like the majority of peaceful nations around the globe. The answers presented may shock you.
While most "documentaries" these days are really nothing more than a filmmaker presenting carefully-chosen data to support their already-chosen positions, I really came away from this feeling as though I had just watched an extremely well-crafted and educational presentation that in fact, does try to stay objective which I found very refreshing and eye-opening.
This is not to say it does not draw some conclusions, and the conclusions it draws do tend to land in the realm of the politically conservative world viewpoint more often than not, which pretty much ensures this is one documentary that will see very little screen time in classrooms, which is an unfortunate shame because it does have a great deal of educational value to offer. Nonetheless, that should not stop the rest of us from gaining the value of what this film has to offer, and it indeed has a lot.
Our director, Mitch Anderson, who also narrates, starts out with his family's history surviving World War II, their plight after the war in a Russian internment camp and praying for the United States to come save them (which unfortunately never happened).Read more ›
While "Why we fight" was a bit of a disappointment, this film really delivered on the promise. After the first twenty minutes you figure that the director is working an angle on the debate, but what I really liked is that he is building a really logical, coherent argument that I could follow from one end to another. And he surely supports it with footage from around the world.
I also liked the fact that it was more than an intellectual exercise. The film had some very touching personal stories that I didn't expect in a "geo-political" documentary. It made it one of those films that you still think about the second day after you saw it.
As a minus, I wish the film makers also investigated some other regions also, say, South America or Africa... but I guess there is only so much time...
One of the things I like about the film is that it was done by a naturalized citizen who is originally from Romania. He knows what it's like to live and suffer under a truly oppressive regime and therefore understands that the U.S. is nothing like that despite leftist rhetoric to the contrary. My favorite part of the film was the coverage of the Balkan War. I always felt we did too little too late but I had no idea how ineffectual and damaging the European involvement was. Another highlight is the interview with Castro's daughter and of course the polished dramatizations of the fictional presidential candidate who vows to remove U.S. troops from foreign countries. This is particularly poignant in the current election year with all the candidate posturing we're forced to witness. I wonder what this fictional candidate's opponent would say in response to his plan to close military bases worldwide.
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Everyone needs to watch this! There's quite a few NON-Americans...talking about how if it hadn't been for the USA they would not have survived!
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Great Documentary. I saw it about 2 years ago and am buying the dvd now. As a 23 year old OEF (Afghanistan) veteran I believed Iraq's complete troop withdrawal was a bad idea and... Read morePublished on February 12, 2014 by Bosty
For those who think we should withdraw our military forces from around the world and keep them within our own borders, you should watch this. Read morePublished on December 25, 2013 by Desperado
Much is implied in this argument for militarization and global policing by America. This is definitely NOT a diplomatic offering. Read morePublished on November 25, 2013 by vvv
First, the candidate of William Turner is very well done in this film. His positions are presented and the valid question is asked, "Should the USA be the world's policeman? Read morePublished on September 13, 2013 by John Thornton
I would like to preface this with a couple of points:
-I have been in a ground war, in the Army, with an actual rifle. Read more
The title was interesting enough for me to watch this documentary as I thought I would see an objective docu what will happen to their world if the US will stop infuencing the... Read morePublished on September 4, 2013 by Sebastian Lac
good reportage but not at all with the insights of Niel Ferguson (Ascent of Money, China turmoil..etc)
It is proposed while you buy Ferguson's DVD. Read more