Brodner’s Person of the Day: Charles Ferguson

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Charles Ferguson, a first-time filmmaker, has made No End in Sight, a very cogent exploration of how and when the war went “south” (as it does ever faster today) told in the words of Bush administration “managers” of the occupation such as Jay Garner and Richard Armitage. It depicts the breakdown of clear thought, communication, and general competence. It shows how we CREATED the insurgency by 1. Failing to set up a functioning government, 2. Firing all the Baath government officials, and 3. Dissolving the army. Run, don’t walk to this one. And bring a Republican friend.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3jk4kJG1Sg

PS: Check out this petition: stopiranwar.com.

PPS: So I’m off for two weeks traveling through the West with my daughter Terry before she goes off to college. See you after Labor Day!

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