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No end in sight [DVD]

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  • Directors: Charles Ferguson
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Classification: To be announced
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0012XR57U
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The debut film of Charles H. Ferguson (Inside Job), No End in Sight is a fresh perspective on the conflict in Iraq, ignoring the ‘rightness’ of the war to look at its jagged aftermath and the serial bad calls made in May 2003 by the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA), Donald Rumsfeld’s newly reorganized transition government. Under bungling Presidential Envoy Paul L. Bremer, the CPA dials down America's costly military presence in Iraq and fatally disbands both the Iraqi army and Saddam Hussein's deposed Ba’ath Party. When the subsequent groundswell of unemployed military talent triggers an insurgency, Iraq and any hope of reconstruction are dragged through a depressing mire of violence and inertia. Hindsight will always breed sudden wisdom, but No End in Sight does little to change the perception of the Bush administration as a neurotically close-knit group who, with simple poor planning and a partisan foreign agenda, won the war quickly only to slowly lose its aftermath. Historical footage is cut with testimony from former members of the US Intelligence Community--particularly Jay Garner, the previous head of the CPA and a moderate Republican with experience of reconstruction in Kurdish Iraq--who found their caution and decades of state-building expertise sidelined while Bush’s senior circle--Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, Paul Wolfowitz et al--were advanced to influential positions. The disillusionment at the heart of No End in Sight gradually turns heartbreaking as four densely-packed years of consequences grind by--including 600,000 civilian deaths, a disintegrating infrastructure and an Iraq divided between the Shi'ite South, Sunni-occupied Fallujah and US entrenchment in Baghdad. Hardest to watch is the early gratitude of overjoyed Iraqi civilians who believe their decades of prayers have been answered by arriving coalition forces. The grimly ironic scenes of kids posing with marines or wearing FBI caps amount to a powerful indictment of the Republican fear of intellectual hesitation. --Leo Batchelor --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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