This is what’s pissing me off today (Jan. 10th, 2008)

screwyou.jpgscrewyou.jpgscrewyou.jpgscrewyou.jpgscrewyou.jpgActually, this is a dual post about how pissed off I am about the clusterf*ck happening in Iraq and how everyone should go out and rent NO END IN SIGHT before voting in the presidential elections later this year (apologies to non-American readers, though you all should still see the movie just in case you needed to renew your loathing for the current administration).

If you’re the kind of person that values zero-pulled-punches reporting, but thinks that the over-dramatization and sarcasm in Michael Moore’s films tend to overly distract from the facts, you’re gonna love (to hate) this movie. There’s no carefully selected extreme-case profiles, there’s no flotilla to Cuba to seek treatment and five cent drugs, there’s no guy in a bird costume trying to draw attention to gun control… This is simply a matter-of-fact, indisputable series of interviews with several of the original main players of the Iraq occupation who were either duped, pressured into leaving or fired for trying to avert the disastrous situation that has unfolded in Iraq.

Here’s a plot synopsis that I stole from IMDb: “The first film of its kind to chronicle the reasons behind Iraq’s descent into guerilla war, warlord rule, criminality and anarchy, NO END IN SIGHT is a jaw-dropping, insiders 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), Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Colin Powell, and General Jay Garner (in charge of 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 US 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.”

By the end of the movie you’ll be so bent out of shape by the antics of Paul Bremer (dizzying series of totally avoidable f*ck-ups), Donald Rumsfeld (staggering, condescending duplicity), Dick Cheney (acute megalomania) and George Bush (where do I start?) you’ll wanna go out, buy a taser, a bushel of super-fast growing bamboo and 50 feet of hose, then [the remainder of this paragraph was deleted when I was reminded that offering suggestions of retribution and creative torture methods against high ranking officials, even in absurdist jest, may get me arrested because the First Amendment was unofficially annulled in 2001 for everyone with a net worth of less than 50 million dollars].

So, if you’d like a disturbingly factual account of the Iraq occupation and you know how to vent your rage in a socially acceptable manner, it would behoove you to seek out this film. If you’re a Netflix subscriber, you can watch it on you PC right now.

Viewing tip: remove all throwable, breakable items from the room before hitting ‘play’.

UPDATE: NO END IN SIGHT has been nominated for an Oscar in the ‘Documentary Feature’ category.

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