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No End in Sight

Government insiders explain what went wrong with the Iraq occupation.

Charles Ferguson, the first-time director, writer, and producer of the Iraq War documentary No End in Sight, is 'œno Michael Moore,' said Rob Nelson in The Village Voice. That's a good thing. Ferguson offers a methodical account of the 'œmonstrously bungled' occupation, one very different from the enthusiastic but less scholarly Fahrenheit 9/11. No End in Sight is 'œdamning and depressing, a 100-minute marathon of mishaps,' said James Snyder in The New York Sun. Interviews with 35 of the people who oversaw postwar operations in Iraq reveal our government's biggest mistakes. Badly informed officials allowed Baghdad's museums to be looted; dismantled the Iraqi army, leaving 500,000 armed men unemployed; and permitted a culture of rampant cronyism. Ferguson's horrifying footage of stacks of bloodied bodies and Iraqi civilians being arbitrarily shot on the street by U.S. military contractors shows what the nightly news isn't airing. It's enough to make you weep with anger, said David Ansen in Newsweek. Although the tone of the movie is calm, the rage of the interviewees whose expertise was ignored is palpable. No decision makers in the Bush administration agreed to explain to Ferguson their side of the story. They won't want to watch this 'œpowerhouse' of a movie either, but it should be 'œrequired viewing for every member of Congress.'

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