No End in Sight

No End in Sight

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Director: Charles Ferguson

Cast: Charles Ferguson, Barbara Bodine, Chris Allbritton, Col. Lawrence Wilkerson

     
 

On March 19, 2003, forces from the United States and a handful of allied nations invaded Iraq to remove Saddam Hussein from power. American military leaders expected the conflict to last no more than a few months, and President George W. Bush declared that major military operations were over less than two months later. However, Iraq soon became a dangerous quagmire… See more details below

Overview

On March 19, 2003, forces from the United States and a handful of allied nations invaded Iraq to remove Saddam Hussein from power. American military leaders expected the conflict to last no more than a few months, and President George W. Bush declared that major military operations were over less than two months later. However, Iraq soon became a dangerous quagmire for American forces, and near the end of 2006, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, one of the key architects of America's strategy in Iraq, resigned from office due to public outcry and Bush declared he was "rethinking" his plan of attack in Iraq as the nation sank into civil war, with U.S. troops the frequent targets of attacks on both sides. How and why did America's leaders decide to invade Iraq? How did they formulate a strategy that went so far wrong? And can anything be done to salvage the situation? Filmmaker Charles Ferguson, a former advisor with the Brookings Institution, examines these questions in No End in Sight, a documentary on the War in Iraq which includes interviews with a number of figures involved in the conflict's decision-making process, some speaking on-camera about the war for the first time. No End in Sight was screened in competition at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival.

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Editorial Reviews

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Despite its title, the Oscar-nominated documentary No End in Sight focuses more on the beginning of the conflict in Iraq than its lack of an ending. With help from a wide array of pertinent interview subjects, director Charles Ferguson delves deep inside the corridors of power to examine the perfect storm of decisions made too slowly, and too quickly, that turned the Iraq War into a permanent morass. Or "quagmire," even though Donald Rumsfeld disavowed the possibility that his perfect little war had reached such a messy impasse -- Ferguson nails Rumsfeld twice with the quote "I don't do quagmires." Rumsfeld's cackling jack-o'-lantern of self-satisfaction gives a face to the delusions offered up in No End in Sight, but it's clear there were plenty of other mid-level functionaries making disastrous decisions, either with or without that brashness, as well as numerous well-meaning public servants whose opinions were shut out of the process. Even harder to believe than the United States' lack of an occupation plan, which enabled the looting and destruction of countless cherished national artifacts, was the haste involved in the decision to disband the Iraqi Army. As dissected by Ferguson in parallel interviews with Colonel Paul Hughes and Walter Slocombe, a senior advisor to the Coalition Provisional Authority, the decision to disband moved forward without consulting the most relevant experts, and may have directly spawned hundreds if not thousands of insurgents equipped with deadly combat skills. At least Slocombe, an unwitting guilty party in this affair, was willing to talk on film -- Ferguson notes that other key players "refused" to be interviewed. His preference for "refused" over the less inflammatory term "declined" gives some evidence of Ferguson's bias. Then again, the occasion was so clearly botched in every respect, the heavily critical position seems like the only valid one.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/30/2007
UPC:
0876964001021
Original Release:
2007
Rating:
NR
Source:
Magnolia
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:42:00
Sales rank:
5,065

Special Features

Interview extras: ; Richard Armitage; Aida Ussayran; Omar Fekeiki; Personal sotry: Larry Diamond - Life Under Saddam De-Ba'Athification; Disbanding the Iragi army - video letter originally produced for The New York Times web site; The CPA; Kidnapping and crime; U.S. Military conduct; Could it have been different?; Was it worth it?; Consequences; Footage of Iraq

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Barbara Bodine Participant
Chris Allbritton Participant
Lawrence Wilkerson Participant
Colonel Paul Hughes Participant
Walter Slocombe Participant
Seth Moulton Participant
David Yancey Participant
Jay Garner Participant
George Packer Participant
Gerald Burke Participant
Hugo Gonzalez Participant
Samantha Power Participant
James Fallows Participant
Linda Bilmes Participant
Paul Eaton Participant
Marc Gerlasco Participant
Matt Sherman Participant
Nir Rosen Iraq Correspondent
Paul Pillar Participant
Ray Jennings Participant
Richard Armitage Participant
Richard Armitage Participant
Robert Hutchings Participant
Yaroslav Trofimov Participant
Campbell Scott Narrator
Warzer Jaff Iraq Correspondent
Omar S. Iraq Correspondent

Technical Credits
Charles Ferguson Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Jennie Amias Producer
Chad Beck Editor
Alex Gibney Executive Producer
David Hocs Sound/Sound Designer
Cindy Lee Editor
Audrey Marrs Producer
Tracy McKnight Musical Direction/Supervision
Peter Nashel Score Composer
Antonio Rossi Cinematographer
Jessie Vogelson Producer
E. Mary Walsh Associate Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- No End in Sight
1. Opening Credits [2:25]
2. A Country Imploding [4:42]
3. Back History [8:56]
4. War [18:06]
5. The Void [4:33]
6. Bremer's Insurgency [8:22]
7. Insurgency Begins [14:21]
8. The CPA [12:55]
9. Bad to Worse [11:20]
10. Chaos [3:22]
11. Consequences [9:59]
12. Closing Credits [2:38]

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