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Leading to War (2008)

Not Rated | | Documentary | Video 18 March 2008
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LEADING TO WAR documents how the Bush Administration made its case to the American people for military action in Iraq, despite worldwide opposition.


Barry J. Hershey





Credited cast:
Tony Blair ... Himself
George W. Bush ... Himself
Dick Cheney ... Himself
Colin Powell ... Himself
Condoleezza Rice ... Herself
Donald Rumsfeld ... Himself
Paul Wolfowitz ... Himself


How does a government lead its people to war? Watch the U.S. government's blueprint for war unfold, as told by the architects themselves. LEADING TO WAR links together historic news footage, without commentary, from President Bush's "axis of evil" speech in January, 2002, through the announcement on March 19, 2003 that the U.S. had invaded Iraq. Gain powerful insights as you watch the determined march to war - in interviews, speeches, and press conferences by President Bush and his administration, including Vice President Dick Cheney, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of State Colin Powell, National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice, Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz, as well as by British Prime Minister Tony Blair and others. A companion website, www.LeadingToWar.com, provides an in-depth exploration of the strategies and rhetorical techniques used by the Bush administration, along with a well-documented examination of their pre-war claims - many of which were ... Written by Dziga7

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George W. Bush: You said we're headed to war in Iraq. I don't know why you say that. I hope we're not headed to war in Iraq. I'm the person that gets to decide, not you.
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An important historical document
14 April 2008 | by marijn-13See all my reviews

When the airplanes struck the Twin Towers, I was 15 years old. I don't know if it's because of growing older myself, or because of that single date that the whole world seemed to have changed drastically. Not too long a go I realized that people that are younger than I am (now up to 21) probably remember 'the world' before 9/11 not as vividly anymore, instead the cold world of fear since 2001 and its politics are all they know. Watching this documentary I'm still angry that my parents, the media, the politicians and actually everyone else with a sound mind let things get this far out of hand. The patriot act, Afghanistan and Iraq. I know for sure that in a decade we will look back and finally we will dare to say out loud that we were mislead and manipulated by Bush's administration. A historical document like this film is therefor of great importance so that my parents won't forget the global crimes that have been committed in their time and that my generation will know this time is an ugly time which hopefully we can make better real soon again. It doesn't have to be this way.

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