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No End in Sight
(DVD)

DIRECTED BY - Charles Ferguson


The first film of its kind to chronicle the reasons behind Iraqi descent into guerrilla war, warlord rule, criminality and anarchy, NO END IN SIGHT is a jaw-dropping, insider tale 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 Baghdad in 2003 by high ranking officials such as former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage, Ambassador Barbara Bodine (in charge of Baghdad during the Spring of 2003), Lawrence Wilkerson, former Chief of Staff to Colin 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. NO END IN SIGHT examines the manner in which the principal errors of U.S. policy the use of insufficient troop levels, allowing the looting of Baghdad, 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. How did a group of men with little or no military experience, knowledge of the Arab world or personal experience in Iraq come to make such flagrantly debilitating decisions? NO END IN SIGHT dissects the people, issues and facts behind the Bush Administration decisions and their consequences on the ground to provide a powerful look into how arrogance and ignorance turned a military victory into a seemingly endless and deepening nightmare of a war.

 

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GENRES - documentary

Film Info

RUNTIME - 102 minutes

RATING - Not Rated

YEAR - 2007

COUNTRY - United States

LANGUAGE - English

Press

"No single document describing the U.S. invasion of Iraq articulates the Bush administrations ineptitude with more concision, power and heartbreaking clarity than Charles Fergusons No End In Sight. Unlike many films about the Iraq War, which try to express outrage with operatic dramatization, caricature and underwhelming dramatic impact, No End In Sight is the perfect take-down. Sobering and meticulous in his point-by-point dismantling of the cumulative mistakes made by public officials in every level of American government, Fergusons film is at once infuriating and illuminating, stripping the authority from the Bush Administration decision by decision."    --Tom Hall, Hammer To Nail

"#1 film of the year...This look at the Iraq war demonstrates for all the kook-fringe documentarians how far you can get on scrupulous reporting, non-conspiratorial analysis, penetrating interviews and a fair overview."

-- Stephen Hunter, THE WASHINGTON POST

 

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