By Jim Retherford / April 9, 2008 / The Rag Blog
Anyone who has followed the downward spiraling debacle of Bush
Administration Middle East policy may have wished, as I have, to have
been a fly on the wall of the Situation Room as Dick Cheney, Donald
Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, and Richard Perle steamrolled their
ideology-driven Iraq war agenda over Colin Powell’s politically
formidable State Department team, a Democratic-controlled Senate,
and a skeptical,maligned, and marginalized intelligence community.
PBS Frontline’s two-part series, Bush’s War, provides an “insider”
view of decision- and opinion-making in the rush to war by the
Cheney-Rumsfeld White House. Perfidy, intrigue, back-stabbing, and
big lies drive this Machiavellian tale of ideological crusade by all
of the Vice President’s men — and Mushroom Cloud Condi too.
Drawing from a treasure trove of some 40 previous Frontline features
on Iraq and the “War on Terror,” producer Michael Kirk adds fresh
reporting and new interviews to craft a sharply focused documentary
narrative of this troubling period in American history. Part One,
which aired last night (Tuesday), provides shifty-eye close-ups of
the veep’s henchmen, Wolfowitz, Perle, and Libby, and a seldom-seen
look at the backroom sharks, Gonzales, Addington, and Yoo. Richard
Clarke, Joe Wilson, Richard Armitage, and a stellar cast of former
generals and CIA officials, in counterpoint, present a compelling
case against rushing to war with Iraq, but, as Frontline shows, they
were clearly outflanked and outgunned by the neocons’ “shock and awe” propaganda machine.