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The heart of Superpower lies in the analysis produced from a re-examination of history through a series of interviews with historians, documentarians, and academians such as Bill Blum, Chalmers Johnson, Michel Chossudovsky, and Noam Chomsky, and others with expertise in this subject such as the Executive Producer of The Unit, Command Sergeant (Ret.) Eric Haney; former Chief Economist for the U.S. Department of Labor, Morgan Reynolds; three-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Kathy Kelly; and Lt. Col. (Ret) Karen Kwiatkowski. Examining key moments in America's history elicits a more consistent and plausible set of motives for U.S. foreign policy actions guided by global expansion and military dominance, rather than the hyperbolic calls for democracy and totalitarian regime change that we have become so accustomed to hearing.
Should citizens trust that their government will keep them safe, a government that keeps secrets, and lies, in the name of national security? Does the simple act of withholding information lead to a world of eroding civil liberties and corruption? Superpower presents a view of US foreign policy, which lies in stark contrast to that depicted by corporate media, popular pundits, and US heads of state. With the fall of the Soviet Union, the US has emerged as the preeminent superpower of the world. Superpower illustrates how the United States has chosen to leverage that position to pursue a grand strategy which will ensure itself unilateral world domination through absolute economic and military superiority. It shows a consistent pattern of government deception.
The United States emerged from World War II with its industrial base still intact and the only nation with the atomic bomb. It was without question the most powerful country on earth. What was done with this unprecedented power, the effects it's had on our Republic and the rest of the world is the story of Superpower.
The documentary film ‘Superpower’, is the most comprehensive and hard hitting film I have watched recently, the film starts with a quote from former US President Harry S. Truman, “The only thing new in the world is the history you don’t know.”, this sets the stage for the film to outline this hitherto unknown history.
‘Superpower’, presents a view of US foreign policy, which lies in stark contrast to what is depicted by Government spindoctors and corporate media pundits, here in Britain, a US client state, we desperately need independent media like this film to be looking at the role of our Government, the willing partner partner in multiple war crimes and our media who are silently complicit.
‘Superpower’ examines key moments in America’s history elicits a consistent and realistic set of economic motives for US foreign policy actions which have led to their current global expansion and military dominance, as opposed to the official rhetoric about bringing democracy and progress through regime change.
The United States emerged from World War II with its industrial base still intact and the only nation with the atomic bomb. It was without question the most powerful country on earth. What was done with this unprecedented power, the effects it’s had on our Republic and the rest of the world is the story of ‘Superpower’.
The film quotes from many leading establishment figures including former US President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who in his farewell speech in 1961 coined the term military industrial complex and warned US citizens against the power of these interests saying “we have been compelled to create a permanent armaments industry of vast proportions. Added to this, three and a half million men and women are directly engaged in the defense establishment. We annually spend on military security more than the net income of all United States corporations”.
“This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence — economic, political, even spiritual — is felt in every city, every State house, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society”.
“In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist”.
The film illustrates how when the Soviet Union collapsed and the United States emerged as the single global superpower, successive US Governments have pursued a grand strategy to ensure their continued unilateral world domination through their absolute economic and military superiority. It shows a consistent pattern of government deception.
Superpower produces an analysis by re-examining history through discourses with historians, and academics like Michael Chossudovsky and Noam Chomsky, social commentary from Peace activists Cindy Sheehan and Kathy Kelly a three-time Nobel Peace Prize Nominee and founder of Voices in the Wilderness, a campaign to end the US led sanctions against Iraq, Kathy Kelly says of the Iraqi children who died under the US Sanctions regime, “and they died in the hundreds and thousands and the hundreds of thousands and they died the most ghastly and brutal of deaths”.
The film also includes former US Government insiders such as Morgan Reynolds a former Chief Economist for the US Department of Labor; and Lt. Col. Karen Kwiatkowski a former Pentagon desk officer who also worked for the National Security Agency, who remains a critic of the U.S. government’s foreign policy.
Although the film ‘Superpower’ has only had limited distribution it has already won several awards, which include:
• ‘Superpower’ received an Honorable Mention in the program of the 2008 Route 66 International Film Festival held in Springfield, Illinois, as one of the outstanding films that did not fit into the festival schedule, but deserved special recognition.
• Barbara-Anne Steegmuller, Director of Superpower, received the Director Award at the August Sun Film & Television’s “World Peace Film Festival”, promoting works that promote World Peace through Film and Television.
‘Superpower’ was nominated for Best North American Documentary in The El Sawy International Film Festival Egypt."
– Nigel Rolland, editor War On Oeace weblog