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Regardless of one's stance on the Iraq war, it is impossible to deny that many mistakes were made. For a big list of them- watch this.
The great crime of this documentary is how interesting and compelling it is, given that it's simply summarising relatively recent events. As it just so happens, many of those events are so unbelievable that you couldn't make them up.
Watch this, watch 'Taxi to the dark side', watch 'Standard operating procedure' - watch them all. They're all great and they all matter.
from the director that later brought us The Inside Job, this is a must-see documentary about not just why the invasion of Iraq was wrong, but boy, how we wasted 1.8 trillion dollars on how to reconstruct a country wrong 500 ways and the horror that still awaits us. Bush is just an idiot child placed in the throne - the true war criminals are the gangs that made the decisions they did --Rumsfeld, Cheney, Bremer, Slocombe. Talk about how to destroy a country --this movie gives you the blow by blow about how the action of an incompetent few can have everlasting consequences!
Very well done. Should be required viewing.
watched today for memorial day.
Incredible documentary about the war in Iraq, No End in Sight is a brilliant picture that goes in depth about this controversial war. The film goes in depth with incredible information about the war, and it is a riveting, informative film about how this event came into motion. The motivation for the invasion of Iraq is explored, and key insiders and experts are interviewed here to give a definitive perspective on the war. The interviews are well done, and the information that each subject brings to the table sheds even more light into this war. The war in Iraq was predetermined even before the events of 9/11, and the Bush Administration tried to link Al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein's regime. The Bush doctrine came into play, and George Bush deceived the country by invading a country that had no links whatsoever to Al Qaeda or the 9/11 plot whatsoever. The whole idea of the invasion of Iraq was based on the errors committed during the first Gulf War. This is a fine film for anyone looking to know more about the Iraq War. The documentary is engaging, shocking and memorable. In terms of the subject, it definitely is a picture that will surprise you with its information. I read books on the subject, and I know how this war came to be, and this documentary only adds a lot more depth to what most of us know. Well crafted film that is a must see for anyone who are interested in the subject, No End in Sight is stunning insight into the war, and one that is necessary to understand. In terms of a documentary, No End in Sight is a standout genre film that definitely can stir up some debate and make you ask important questions.
very revealing and straight-forward. it supports it's suggestions with the word who were directly involved in the invasion of Iraq. solid documentary.
pretty good but it does several of those BS doc moves ("dick Cheney refused to be interviewed for this film". as if that some admission of guilt, of course your not going to get the f'in vice pres to do your dinky little movie). Also the listing off or bush admin people who were never in combat, as if being in military combat gives you a special knowledge about rebuilding a country.
A lot of big interviews and doesn't go to far off the rails.
This documentary about the Iraq War was made in 2007, when things were at their nadir. Its agenda is not so much to criticize the decision to go into Iraq as it is to criticize the execution. It opens early on - around the time of "Mission Accomplished" with shots of gleeful Iraqis lining up on streets with "Welcome America" signs or in happy group photos of Iraqis joined with U.S. soldiers. And it's down hill from there.
The thesis is that the Iraqi invasion could have been quite successful had the strategy included a meaningful plan to maintain order in Iraq, had officials tasked with creating ties with Iraqis in positions of responsibility been given authority and resources, and had not some critical blunders not been made - by some critical blunderers.
Those portrayed as wise are an unlikely alliance of State Dept. career officials and those in the military - who had the expertise to understand what it takes to maintain order in a war zone. The villains are the civilians in the Defense Dept. - notably Donald Rumsfeld and Paul Wolfowitz - and the inexperienced man tasked with governance, Arthur Bremmer. President Bush is not so much an active villain as he is clueless bystander who puts blind trust in his leadership and offers no thoughtful oversight, even as things accellerate out of control.
There's an obvious bias throughout the movie. At no time do we sense that this is an inquiry into what happened. Those interviewed are a phalanx of Cassandras who tell of how they warned the administration of the scope of forces needed to successfully manage the overthrown country. The villains are shown only in news clips - or with a placard reading "Donald Wolfowitz (eg) refused to be interviewed." It would have been more honest to say he declined to be interviewed.
Nonetheless, the story of how Iraq descended into anarchy after the U.S. invasion, and the political steps that got it there, certainly rings true. We know, as is highlighted, that the decision to fire the entire Iraqi military and to "deBaathify" the country of its technocrats helped to create an insurgency and to cripple our own ability to maintain the country's infrastructure. If the movie is to be believed, when the U.S. scored a military victory, there was an enormous quantity of generals who were willing to help the U.S. with the transition - who were turned out onto the streets along with their subordinates.
And so the sickening story unfolds - of the looting, of the rise of the anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr - and of the breakdown of all civil order, which we are to believe occurred because of the power vacuum created especially by Rumsfeld's refusal to put more "boots on the ground" and to avoid "nation building."
The thing sadder than seeing a tragedy unfold is to learn that it could have been avoided. The famous words "Mission Accomplished" might not seem so ironic today had the war been administered in a different manner. This movie does give a good, painful, overview of how the handling of the war led to the country's collapse, and how that did not need to be that way.
I wish this was playing in more theaters!
I don't know how to rate this documentary. It presents almost no new information except a few "first time on camera" talking heads. I've been in the anti-iraq-war camp from the instance the bush administration mentioned the word "Iraq" after 911. It was clear to many in the anti-war camp very early that Bush wanted to settle the Saddam vs Bush family feud, and nothing good can come out of that game. But the self-righteous majority took the stand that "ok, let look at the data, the intelligence"; "surely nothing can be wrong in removing a tyrant like saddam"; and "fuck-off, you saddam-lovers!" and so it came to pass that the americans have succeeded in showing the world that it is just a bunch of dumb ass with big guns, and that's the beginning of the end of the great american era.