Bumped and Updated: This film won the Best Documentary honor from the National Society of Film Critics Saturday. Hopefully the film this reappear at theaters, giving folks who missed it the first time another chance to see the film. -Lee
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Film: No End in Sight
Published: Aug 10, 07 09:45 AM
The debacle in Iraq was predictable and preventable.
Written produced, and directed by Charles Ferguson (an expert on information technology, a visiting scholar at M.I.T. and UC-Berkeley as well as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Brookings Institution) the film does a powerful job is illustrating the horrible cost that's paid when we let conservatives run this country. We have to get these clowns out of office.
Bucking current conventional wisdom that considers the occupation doomed to fail from the get-go, No End in Sight contends that with better planning, the whole fiasco might have gone smoothly. Was a sectarian civil war truly inevitable? According to the film's bemused collection of talking heads--including Assassins' Gate author George Packer, Ambassador Barbara Bodine and former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage--the "post-war" reconstruction of Iraq was bungled every step of the way by an arrogant, shortsighted network of professional incompetents. From the film's perspective, were it not for initially insufficient troop levels, unchecked looting in Baghdad, de-Ba'athification and the disbanding of the Iraqi military, we theoretically could have seen a stable Iraq in 2007.
Magnolia Films,the studio behind No End in Sight, has generously released the clip below which focuses in on the specific question "Why did they disband the Iraqi army?" The following quote from the Variety magazine film review of No End in Sight explains the importance of this particular point in the history of the Iraq War, and the power behind this point in the documentary (emphasis mine).
Even well-informed auds will find their jaws dropping, and a sharply edited exchange between Col. Paul Hughes, director of the occupation's strategic policy, and Washington-based senior adviser Walter Slocombe, exemplifies the disastrous effects of occupation czar L. Paul Bremer's decisions to eliminate all Ba'ath party members (mostly Sunni) from the government and to disband the Iraqi army. Near-consensus has formed that these moves helped create the mood of Sunni resentment and a giant pool of unemployed men required for the well-organized armed insurgency that began in 2004.
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