Sept. 11 and Al Qaeda, Afghanistan and Iraq, weapons of mass destruction and the insurgency, Guant?namo, Abu Ghraib, Fallujah, and the surge. For six years, Frontline has been revealing those stories in meticulous detail and the political dramas played out at the highest levels — George W. Bush and Tony Blair, Dick Cheney and Colin Powell, Donald Rumsfeld, George Tenet, Condoleezza Rice, Osama bin Laden. Now, on the fifth anniversary of the Iraq invasion, the full saga unfolds in this two-part program. Veteran producer Michael Kirk draws on one of the richest archives in broadcast journalism — more than 40 Frontline reports on the war on terror — combined with fresh reporting and new interviews. Bush's War is the definitive documentary analysis of one of the most challenging periods in our nation's history. "Parts of this history have been told before — the invasion of Afghanistan, torture, flawed intelligence and the invasion of Iraq, failures in the American occupation, and the saber rattling over Iran," Kirk says. "But no one has laid out the entire narrative to reveal in one epic story the scope and detail of how this war began and how it has been fought, both on the ground and deep inside the government."
In autumn 2001, even as America was waging a war in Afghanistan, another hidden war was being waged inside the Bush administration. Part 1 tells the story of this behind-the-scenes battle over whether Iraq would be the next target in the war on terror.
This part examines the war that will be the lasting legacy of George W. Bush's presidency — from the quick American victory in Iraq and the early mistakes that were made, to the chaos, looting, and violence that soon engulfed the country.
more info: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/bushswar/
Runtime: 2:23:40, 1:55:05
Source: OTA High Definition 1080i
File Size: 1.74GB, 1.4GB
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