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To be honest, I was thinking of giving it only 4 stars for the reason I've considered that for some other documentaries: they tend to lose track of the fallacies by which we entered Iraq by getting embedded in the discussion of how it should have been better planned. But I'm thinking now that those initial issues have been addressed before, now it's time to move onto something else and this work of art does so.
This is an important documentary because those doing the speaking are mid-level bureaucrats with the federal government. So you're getting the story "straight from the horse's mouth" (or mouths).
The film begins with the history of the Iraq situation. That's covered succintly, leaving nothing out. Then there's one boondoggle after the other; Rumsfeld talking with the press, saying that they keep covering the negative, while the camera and narrative switch to what's really going on, troops dead, Paul Bremer doing some more ridiculous things, more insurgents doing all the more damage.
The troops haven't been protected with adequate armor, there aren't enough of them to cover the arsenals of weapons from which the insurgents--many of whom are fired Bathist intelligentsia and Iraqi military--are getting their weapons. The list goes on and on and on.
The film is very well crafted, in that things keep getting worse. And the reason they keep getting worse is that adminstrations' blunders--which themselves keep getting worse!
There is much discussion of Bushy insiders--almost none of whom have ANY experience in the middle east, and who have NO military experience--who made decisions as if the military didn't exist.Read more ›
The stories they tell of the Bush adminstration's extreme incompetence are mind boggling. For instance, how Bush officials chose to completely disband the Iraqi military. This left huge numbers of Iraqi men, with military experience and access to weapons, out on the street and with a strong desire to seek revenge against those who had taken away their jobs and livelihood. This problem was further compounded by the huge stashes of Iraqi military weapons that Bush officials foolishy left unguarded. Thus the Iraqi insurgents were able to achieve a level of weaponry and man power that to this day fuels the ongoing civil war. Part of the problem is that the military experts, like Colin Powell, were being ignored. While "chickenhawks" with no substantial military experience, such as Rumsfield, Wolfowitz and Cheney, were making all the decisions.
A strong argument can be made that the Iraq War was always doomed to turn into a Sunni versus Sh'ia civil war quagmire. But this movie isn't really aimed at those who opposed the war from the beginning.Read more ›
What the film does present, in a clear and convincing manner, is a brief account of the devastating history of the war and occupation that emphasizes moments where administrative decisions were made in a top-down fashion that went directly against the advice of military and intelligence and other leadership on the ground in Iraq. The film shows that these decisions progressively turned an initially complex situation with at least a number of Iraqis who were supportive of the U.S.Read more ›
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Charles Ferguson is amazing. No End In Sight and his film Inside Job, on the 2008 Economic meltdown, are spot on.Published 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
Brutally honest depiction of the Bush/Cheney foreign policy disaster that was IraqPublished 4 months ago by Jack K.
As ugly as this looks and sounds. I think this is the in your face ugly truth. And now the question is. Was this really worth it? What was gained? Read morePublished 6 months ago by D
Very insightful. Good information on some of the factors leading to the how the insurgency started.Published 7 months ago by Paul A. Addo
I've rarely been more frightened or had more intense nightmares than I did after watching this very straightforward documentary. Jurassic Park is a walk in a garden. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
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|Is The United States of America at war in Iraq or is it peacekeeping?||
The US of A fought 2 wars in Iraq: one against Saddam; one against insurgents. As for major combat ops., those ended on May 1 ("Mission Accomplished" etc.): 6 wk after the invasion. & That was the plan. That U.S. troops are in Iraq 6+ yr hence has to do more with spectacular blunders &... Read More
Aug 15, 2009 by Far Lefkas | See all 2 posts