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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Hubris: Marketing the Iraq War


The worse in US History
The following hour long segment from last Monday Evening's Rachel Maddow Show is an item worthy of archive. The television documentary is based on a book that Maddow will introduce minutes after starting the segment.

MSNBC has posted the documentary in six (6) parts. We are embedding the Introduction, Part 1 and Part 2. 

The documentary is good to say the least   As I watched I thought long and hard about a few things.  the easy one, Why not make a full two hour documentary. Apparently,  people are writing (social media)  they wanted much more, "It was too short."  The interest speaks to the seriousness of the misguided US policy and I suspect the interest crosses political lines.  

Another area of concern, the length of time it took for some to speak openly and honestly.  Honestly?  As I watched Maddow's opening remarks I felt someone had the smarts (probably the book authors) to open the work with comment about another time in US History when we were duped into war.  Lyndon Johnson and the Gulf of Tonkin Incident catapulted the US into Viet Nam and a resultant 55,000 dead US troops, hundreds of thousands maimed or disabled, and international embarrassment second to no other.  

While I knew that Colin Powell was actively involved in selling the war to the US public,  I assumed he was far more out of the know than the documentary shows.  He caved to pressure, went along with the charade and eventually resigned the office. A resignation during the run-up to the war would have provided me with a greater respect for the man.  He resigned after the deeds were done and well after no WMD was found in Iraq.  He knew the prospect of no WMD was a reality. 

The final concern, after watching the documentary, why no prosecutions. Why no investigation of authorization to commit torture?


We did not learn from the past via the Gulf of Tonkin, and we relived the past in Iraq.   

WATCH: ‘Hubris’ documentary

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow reports on how the Bush administration viewed the terrorist attacks of 9/11 as an opportunity to remove Saddam Hussein from power in part one of Hubris.     In addition to watching the full documentary, you can read more about the Bush administration’s marketing of a war they had already decided to wage; take a look at Rumsfeld’s secret documents; and read an interview with the co-author of “Hubris”: he talks about torture, secrets, and what we still don’t know.
Part 2:
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So soon America forgets! Some of the very same characters who served Bush in Iraq were active in the Romney campaign. And, 47% of you voted Romney/Ryan.

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