A well-constructed and convincing examination of the insanity behind the occupation of Iraq. By interviewing the military and intelligence experts selected by the administration, Ferguson sidesteps flippant calls of bias. A sharper look at economic incentives behind the Bush administration's decisions would be pertinent, but this is still one of the best documentaries on the subject of U.S. incompetence in Iraq.
Seriously an amazing accomplishment. I think by the end of this film I wanted to strangle people...Simply because it systematically walks through the events leading up to and through the Iraq war in a bi-partisan and thorough manner, that it leaves you with the sad truth about how we totally screwed up big time...Super frustrating but totally important. Everyone should see this movie.
Eye opening. I joined the Marine Corps in 2005, drinking the cool aid like everyone else. Don't get me wrong, I love the Marines and I'm proud I served. What gets me angry is knowing how many lives could have been saved if wiser minds had prevailed. Thank you, Charles Ferguson, for enlightening us.
5 minutes into this I wanted to kick Rumsfeld repeatedly in the teeth. There's a special place in Hell for that rat bastard. Anyone who can watch this and not be utterly enraged by the stupidity and the duplicity of the Bush regime and the invasion and destruction of Iraq...well there's nothing that can be done for you. Go back to watching Fox "news" you sad pathetic fuckers.
This showcases the problems inherent with the planning, or lack of planning, the powers that be had at the time of invasion, and the missteps hence forth. There are a lot of aspects that should have definitely been dealt with better, despite your feelings on the endeavor or which side of the debate you align with. The often ignored common sense leads to a baffled awe and a disturbed feeling in the viewer's stomach.
A systematic critique of American imperial hubris in the early days of the Iraqi invasion. Invade and take out the bad guys being the dominate mantra with everything else just working itself out. The extreme difficulty of nation building was carried out with gross carelessly that surely has echoes continuing to the ongoing crisis in Iraq today making the title all the more appropriate.