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  • Actors: Joe Wilson, George McGovern, Molly Ivins, Noam Chomsky
  • Directors: Robert Taicher
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Echo Bridge Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 4, 2007
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000S1KUNS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #214,759 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Rush to War" on IMDb

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PLAMEGATE: Exclusive 45 Minute Interview with Ambassador Joe Wilson, Husband of Outed CIA Agent Valerie Plame -Author of the Historic Book, Fair Game.
In today's post-9/11 world, director Robert Taicher searches for the rationale behind the war in Iraq, exploring the failed policies of several administrations in an expertly crafted full-length documentary. What he presents is a raw, provocative look into America's "War on Terror" and its effect on our society, our credibility, and most importantly, our security.

As America fights the wrong war at the wrong time, comes a riveting eye-opener. The right film at the right time.

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"Mesmerizing! Riveting! Picks up where 'Fahrenheit 9/11' leaves off." --Jeffrey Lyons, NBC-TV

"A powerful film, frightening in what it says about the U.S. under Bush, the war in Iraq, and the 'War on Terror.' It is totally compelling visually and full of provocative ideas. I hope it will be widely seen." --Howard Zinn, Historian and Author

"Riveting, balanced, informative, and ultimately terrifying..." "...a must-see..." --CommonDreams.org

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84 of 84 people found the following review helpful By Edwin C. Pauzer VINE VOICE on June 9, 2008
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I've seen this DVD at least three time before I felt I could write about it. One problem I had was putting all of it in context. It's because the "Rush to War" was not just about a rush to war. It was about many topics including the rush to war. It was easy to follow when being viewed, but extremely difficult to write about.

This DVD examines the reasons behind the attacks of 9/11, which includes our history of giving precedence to our support for repressive regimes that served the US interests, rather than the spread of liberty and democracy. Unfortunately, numerous examples abound such as Guatamala, Iran, and Chile where democratically elected governments where overthrown in favor of governments that served our interests.

The "Rush to War" finally gets around to the lead-up to the war and the lies told by the administration regarding weapons of mass destruction (WMD), yellow cake, reconstituted nuclear weapons programs, and the imminent "mushroom cloud," permeating another cloud of fear in this country, and the penchant for moving rashly and foolishly into Iraq. This part concludes that not one WMD was found, and that there was no connection at all, between al-Qaeda and Saddam Hussein. David Kay's lecture here is particularly powerful.

That alone would have been enough, but Robert Taicher wanted to explore more, so he included the abu-Ghraib scandal, the detention of Jose Padilla as an enemy combatant, the exposure of Valerie Plame as a CIA operative, the arrest and conviction of Scooter Libby, and the most poignant of all, and an interview with parents who lost their son in Iraq. What made it so touching was that it was coupled with George W.
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Okay, so I was duped by the odd amazonian custom of crediting DVD's by alphabetical order and by first name, and thus the great director of The Films of Alejandro Jodorowsky (Fando y Lis / El Topo / The Holy Mountain). As there is presently no indication anywhere upon the product page of the real and actual director, I assumed somehow it was Alejandro so inspired by these critical events as to do something far removed from his usual works of mythic, epic, fantastic super-realism. I thought he would bring his infinite vision to these banal, evil, imperial events. But I was duped; he appears merely as another talking head, saying that when the USA goes crazy, we all go crazy.

This DVD therefore may serve as a good conversation starter, as an opening for further reading, as the first class in a course in political science or in the art of war as an example of how and why not to start one. There is much that is wrong with this DVD, including the lack of a brochure insert listing a complete bibliography, and biographies of the briefly subtitled participants; yet there is also much that is right.

The forceful Ritter, who certified the lack of WMD's inclduing nuclear weapons in Iraq prior to our invasion, includes a curious quote from McCain saying the US should never practice torture. I hope that McCain, whatever his future, keeps to this word, and does not veto as was done today any future anti-torture legislation.

The extras include further interviews with Mr.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By JJM on October 26, 2007
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Solid information very passionately delivered. Molly Ivins calls it like it is, and it is great to be reminded of the wisdom of George McGovern. The 45 minute interview with Joe Wilson was incredibly informative -- he was able to expand on events involving the Valerie Plame outing that he normally only gets 3 or 4 minutes on talk shows to explain.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert David STEELE Vivas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on December 30, 2007
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This is an extraordinarly well-crafted and presented documentary. It is not focused on the 9-11 truths as much as it is the single best DVD that captures truths as represented in the two DVDs and eight books I list at the end of this review.

It opens with the question "Is it worth it [to invade and occupy Iraq]? and the observation that America has not heard the question yet.

The producer goes on a road trip across America, and finds a split between a small group of Americans that believe the use of force is justified, and "America Right or Wrong;' and a larger group that recognizes what Noam Chomsky, Chalmers Johnson and many others have been saying, which is that we created our own enemies by carrying out a Fifty Year Wound of virtual colonialism, unilateral militarism and anti-democratic covert actions including the toppling of democracies in Iran and Chili, and active support for 42 of the 44 dictators, many in the Middle East.

The documentary is flawed in accepting the fiction that an airplane flew into the Pentagon, it was a missile, but that is not enough to discount the five star quality of the documentary overall.

Father Bergen is usefully quoted as saying that his first thought on hearing of 9-11 was "so, it's come home at last." My own thought at the time was "the cesspool we created has just reached our nose."

They play a 20 December 1983 clip of Donald Rumsfeld shaking Sadaam Husseins hand, and show many clips of how we are flighty--one day we love a dictator, the next day we topple him, but in all of this, we are never on the side of democracy. Howard Zinn, author of
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