“Uncovered: The Whole Truth about the Iraq War” Produced and directed by Robert Greenwald, in video or DVD format, 56 minutes, $14.95.
By Todd Tollefson
Most regular readers of the People’s Weekly World probably know the lies fed to us by the Bush administration about the preemptive war on Iraq pretty well by now. However, on Dec. 7, tens of thousands of others got the chance to view the documentary “Uncovered: The Whole Truth about the Iraq War” and see the lies all wrapped up together and exposed in one neat package.
The website MoveOn.org sponsored over 2,500 screenings of the film on Dec. 7 to help shed light on the tall tales that we were told about why Iraq was an “imminent threat” to the United States and the world. In fact, in Seattle alone there were more than 20 screenings to choose from!
The one I attended took place at an upscale glassblowing gallery in the downtown area and had around 40 participants. I’m quite active in Seattle politics, so I was quite pleased to see no familiar faces – preaching to the choir didn’t appear to be happening at this event! The hosts seemed quite new to politics as the opening remarks made evident. How refreshing it was to find out that people who were never active before are now doing something tangible to help get rid of Bush.
The film itself is quite remarkable. Dozens of CIA, Pentagon and foreign service experts are featured, including Ray McGovern, who worked for the CIA for over 20 years; Bradley Kiesing, who was the first person in the Bush administration to resign over the war; and Ambassador Joe Wilson, whose wife was exposed as a CIA operative (presumably by right-wing newsman Robert Novak) after Wilson exposed the Niger-Iraq uranium deal to be a lie put forward by the U.S. government.
One of the strongest moments of the film is when experts take apart Bush’s 2003 State of the Union address line-by-line, effectively demonstrating that each “threat” Iraq supposed posed was false. We are led to the unmistakable conclusion that this war was not about weapons of mass destruction, al Qaeda or Sept. 11. One of the experts interviewed points out this war was about showing that the U.S. is the sole superpower in the world – and if any country doesn’t toe the line, it can be preemptively attacked.
The producer of this film also created “Unprecedented: The Story of the 2000 Florida Election Scandal,” and has a third subject in mind for the proposed trilogy: “Unconstitutional.”
To order a copy of the DVD or video, visit www.truthuncovered.com, or write a check for $14.95 payable to Carolinaproductions, Inc., and mail it to Uncovered, P.O. Box 988, Culver City, CA 90232.
Then watch it with someone who needs to know the whole truth about the Iraq war.
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