The Oil Factor reveals that despite official statements that U.S. wars in the Middle East and Central Asia are being waged in the name of terror, it’s hard to ignore that three-quarters of the world’s oil supply comes from these regions. Narrated by Edward Asner, this thought-provoking documentary explores the realities of the conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan and sheds light on the United States’ true motives. Featured experts include Noam Chomsky and author Ahmed Rashid. Even though it briefly talks about oil and its future, its primary focus is the wars in Iraq & Afghanistan. Most of the film deals with the illegal invasions and occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan and the corrupt, criminal regime running the USA at the time. A very well done analysis of the 2003 Iraq invasion, with a number of experts interviewed, offering various opinions. The central conclusion here was that the invasion was motivated by a desire for control and power on the side of the United States, rather than the reasons given the public claiming the existence of weapons of mass destruction (WMD). Other U.S. propaganda is additionally presented, such as the statement: ‘Democracy is on the move now in Iraq.’ This film covers every point of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, our dependence on oil, and of course all the usual suspects who have everything to gain, while thousands of lives were lost and this country spiraled deeper into debt. The directors let spokespeople for Washington’s policies speak for themselves (such as The Project for a New American Century, The Coalition Provisional Authority, and Bechtel), and it surprising how candid they are. Considering that we get no in-depth journalism from our news media, and many Americans still believe that we are fighting a war on terror, I’d say that this is vital viewing for all Americans! It shows that our government mirrored what the Soviets did in Afghanistan, only we added Iraq to the list of invaded countries in the name of “Freedom and Democracy.” If you want to know why we really went to war and what we’re really doing over there watch this movie. If you want to keep believing that our government is good and the rest of the world doesn’t have any problems with us, don’t watch this. Stay at home with your head in the sand watching “American Idol” and driving your SUV to Wal-Mart. So I would say an A grade documentary, a little dated, but for anyone not well apprised of the events of leading up to the Iraq war in 2003 this is an excellent film to watch. This is the most important MUST SEE documentary ever! There so much provocative information concentrated in this hour and a half that it screams to be taken seriously and viewed many times. And, I am not one who views films more than once. I watched it twice back-to-back, which was about four hours with all of the note taking and the extras. I’m now going to buy a copy to watch a few times more. Very factual. Everyone should see this. Please tell all your friends to see this. I offer thanks to those who made this film. Documentary 2005 NR 93 minutes.
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