Thursday, August 09, 2007

No End in Sight

For chrissakes, if you don't live in a major city where this movie is playing, (click the "theatres" link), go and reserve it for your Netflix queue or something.

Why should you see yet another devastating documentary on the war in Iraq? Sidney Blumenthal for Salon:

The release of a documentary on the administration's failures in Iraq, "No End in Sight," directed by Charles Ferguson, has the White House spooked. Bush's aides are not worried because the film is brilliantly shot and edited, or because it is compelling, but because of what -- or whose appearance -- it might augur to upset their September rollout.

The film features three former administration officials speaking on camera as unreserved critics of prewar and postwar planning: Powell's former chief of staff, Col. Lawrence Wilkerson; Powell's former deputy secretary of state, Richard Armitage; and former U.S. ambassador Barbara Bodine, a senior member of the Office of Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance in Iraq, closely aligned with Powell.

Wilkerson and Bodine have spoken out before. But Armitage's debut in particular has the White House fuming and fretting that it somehow signals Powell's emergence as a full-throated critic in the middle of the September P.R. offensive. National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley, according to sources close to him, has voiced anger and concern about whether Powell will step forward and what he might say, and other presidential aides are wondering how to cope with that nightmarish possibility.

Armitage. Freakin' Armitage. I don't know how they got him or whether or not this really means that (his close friend) Colin Powell is really ready to spill it, but I gots to hear what that motherfucker has to say.


Chris said...

Yeah, I'm really looking forward to this one, too. I think it'll be a while until I get a chance, though.

CiscoKid said...

I'm telling you in the end, it will be Rove and Bush barricaded somewhere with the doors locked and everyone else oustide clamoring for their heads.
Too bad it will be after he's left the white house in shambles..

Anonymous said...

What are the Vegas odds on Powell being found dead before September?

Grant Miller said...

Do you think he would ever consider a run at the presidency?

GETkristiLOVE said...

I guess Denver isn't big enough - one night in Boulder though... two months away.

vikkitikkitavi said...

All: I don't really believe that Powell will ever come forward, because his willingness to roll over reflects pretty fucking badly on him.

And I don't think Powell is man enough to stand the criticism he would face in order to do a greater good.