NO END IN SIGHT
Directed, Written and Produced by: Charles Ferguson
Running time: 102 minutes
Release date: July 27, 2007 (limited)
Distributor: Magnolia Pictures
This is the first film of its kind to chronicle the reasons behind Iraq's descent into guerilla war, warlord rule, criminality and anarchy. This is a jaw-dropping insider's look of wholesale incompetence, recklessness and venality.
Based on over 200 hours of footage, the film provides a candid retelling of the events following the fall of Bagdad in 2003 by high ranking officials such as former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage, Ambassador Barbara Bodine (in charge of Bagdad during the Spring of 2003), Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, former Chief of Staff to Colon Powell, and General Jay Garner (in charge of the occupation of Iraq through May 2003), as well as Iraqi civilians, American soldiers and prominent analysts.
The documentary examines the manner in which the principal errors of U.S. policy - the use of insufficient troop levels, allowing the looting of Bagdad, the purging of professionals from the Iraqi government and the disbanding of the Iraqi military - largely created the insurgency and chaos that engulf Iraq today.
This film systematically dissects the Bush administration's Iraq policy decisions and their consequences, which now include 3,000 American deaths and 20,000 Americans wounded, Iraq on the brink of civil war, hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilian deaths, the strengthening of Iran, the weakening of the U.S. military and economic costs of over $2 trillion. It marks the first time Americans will be allowed inside the White House, Pentagon and Bagdad's Green Zone to understand for themselves the disintegration of Iraq.
In a nutshell, this examination of political manipulation is most disturbing. I found it to be very informative and alarmingly honest. It is a must see film by all.