Uncovered: The War on Iraq

UncoveredThe War on Iraq is an examination of the United States government’s case for the 2003 invasion of Iraq, providing compelling evidence that the Bush administration misled American citizens in the run-up to war. The film paints a thought-provoking picture. The reason it’s so good is because of the interviews with a myriad of actual high-ranking government, military, and intelligence officials. All of whom debunk the Bush/Cheney administrations false claim of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and the link to the war on terror. I felt that the persons interviewed were authentic, passionate about their work and not afraid to speak up against this biggest manipulation in US government history. It showed that there are many people in all branches of the government that object to the policies of the Bush administration, and are trying to hold them accountable. This is very well done and not done in a way that outright bashes Bush administration. The facts take care of that. Filmmaker Robert Greenwald crosscuts interviews with CIA analysts, weapons inspectors and military brass along with press conferences and speeches from Donald Rumsfeld, Condoleezza Rice and former President Bush. The filmmakers also illustrate how the mainstream media colluded with its shameful coverage of the events leading up to the war. I am suspect to many of the media outlets today and remember when American journalism had some courage and independence. This movie should be watched as part of a double feature with Fahrenheit 9/11. Where Moore’s film delivers with flair at the expense of substance at times, this film offers the substantive factual support. I just wanted to review the facts and this movie did a terrific job of doing just that. There is nothing flashy or stylized about this documentary. Overall, this was an excellent film. The commentators came from an intelligence background, giving weight to their opinions. The picture painted of Bush’s decision to use the congressional authority to go to war is frightening and sad. A true abuse of power is disclosed. It seems these neo-cons are hiding behind a convenient bumper sticker catch-phrase “Support Our Troops”. Of course we support them. We just question the validity of WHY they are there in the first place. I served in Kuwait during the war, and I foolishly believed the president and Colin Powell. The fact is, they lied. And they got away with it. I quickly realized that the war had absolutely nothing to do with WMDs or national security The Iraqis didn’t have any (WMDs), and there was absolutely no threat to the U.S. There wasn’t even any threat to other countries in the region. Instead the war had a lot to do with lining the pockets of crooked civilian contractors and private security firms, all who outnumbered U.S. troops in Iraq about 3 to 1. The war was a mess from start to finish, and will be a stain on our country for decades to come. A lot of this intelligence proving what the administration was saying false was available to people who looked. The problem was also the congress and their fear of acting against this administration. Considering all the lies in the lead up to the Iraq war, congress should have impeached both Bush and Cheney (Cheney first). But the Democrats at the top refused to fight, and I am even more demoralized by their actions in continuing the war, and their continuation of other Bush policies. Wish it weren’t so, but government is seemingly an eternally corrupt game. This is definitely a must-see. In my opinion, every member of the legislative and executive branches of government ought to be required by law to view this movie. So should every journalism major. Every American should watch this and wake up. Documentary 2004 UR 83 minutes.


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