January 9, 2008
Netflix DVD
English / Arabic
102 Minutes
Charles Ferguson

The American Occupation Of Iraq – The Inside Story From The Ultimate Insiders.

…fascinating, enraging documentary about the post-invasion lack of a plan that the USA had for occupying Iraq. Talking heads who were there speak relatively candidly about where missteps occurred. The highest ranking interviewee is Richard Armitage who describes the arguments and competition between the State Department (who wanted to work with the Iraqis to rebuild), and the Defense Department (who took over, purged the Iraqi army and banned all Baathist party members from ever being employed again). Is quick to show what happens when people who have never been in combat before (Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, and Bremer) plan a post-war occupation from the comfort of their Washington DC offices. The incompetence is staggering. The occupation of Iraq is a complex topic and Ferguson does a great job explaining what went wrong, when it went wrong, and who was responsible. This film claims that the US response to the looting was probably the first huge mistake of what became a long series of mistakes.

…This film will probably become the historical document of the arrogance and lack of foresight that keeps us in this war so long after we were told that the mission had been accomplished.

~~The Best Documentary of 2007: Los Angeles Critics, New York Critics, San Francisco Critics, Southeastern Critics, Toronto Critics.

8.9 Metacritic
8.5 IMDB


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Written by Michael W. Cummins