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  •  Just Stunning (12+ / 0-)

    I just finished watcing the film myself, and was trying to gather my thoughts when you popped this up, DS.

    First, everyone who can take it should see this film. I  qualify that with "those who can take it" only because it is an unflinching look at the constant stream of physical and psychological horror that is the natural consequence of war. I won't kid you, its hard to watch,  but it should be watched by everyone.

    Beyond what DarkSyde already mentioned, I'd like to call out special kudos for the filmmakers. This could've easily been a shallow, manipulative polemic for one view or another and its not. It is only "pro-war" insofar as it shows the courage and committment of our men and women doing the best job they can under the worst conditions imaginable, and its only "anti-war" insofar as it never sugar-coats the human cost of war. The filmmakers did an extremely responsible job with a very volatile subject and, in my opinion, this film is what mature documentary fimmaking looks like.

    That Rumsfeld, et al. reversed course and put out the word to the top brass to shun the film's premiere only underscores what we already know-- that the Pentagon suits live in a fantasy world where war is always heroic and the human toll paid by those at the front is just so much bad PR.

    Destiny: A tyrant's authority for crime and a fool's excuse for failure. --Ambrose Bierce

    by kingubu on Mon May 22, 2006 at 04:12:51 AM PDT

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    •  Well (8+ / 0-)

      they don't shun the WIAs when they make useful props or serve as cover. And then they smear them when that's useful. That's about the only uses they have for them. It's despicable.

      Read UTI, your free thought forum

      by DarkSyde on Mon May 22, 2006 at 04:17:50 AM PDT

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    •  I wonder what the first version looked like (11+ / 0-)

      One of the producers has been quoted as saying that they had "toned it down."  I wonder what the first version looked like.

      I agree with DarkSyde that, like the folks who have been talking to Rep. Murtha, the ones who granted access to this crew may have felt like rescuing the military from the Bush administration's policies.

      All along, the public yardstick for American casualties in Bush's War on Iraq has been the number of deaths.  The corporate media generally has ignored the nature of horrific injuries and the overall number of non-lethal injuries.  They have their excuses for focusing on deaths instead of injuries.  

      The main purpose served by this documentary, which admittedly pulled a number of its punches, is that it shows us what we haven't been told the past couple of years.

      We're all in this together.

      by JTML on Mon May 22, 2006 at 04:29:07 AM PDT

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      •  Something like (6+ / 0-)

        10,000 have been unable to return to duty.  That is a significant number of people.

        •  And (6+ / 0-)

          that's only those who were in action. There's also plenty of folks killed or hurt in accidents. A bunch more are private contractors.

          I have a neighbor who just returned as a civilian contractor. He drove big rigs in these giant supply lines that stretch from the south all the way up to Tikrit. He was there for three months, during which time he was attacked in three separate IED incidents. The last one lifted his truck off the ground, folded it in half, and deposited it twenty meters off the road (He reported that KBR at first said they were going to charge him for the damage). He came home for a short break after being rattled like that. His wife basically told him not to go back and he opted out. He said Iraq is FUBAR and changed his entire outlook. Let's just say the man left a Republican and returned a staunch democrat. A common occurrence thses days.

          A few weeks later, one of the convoys he would have been riding in was pinned down by dual IEDs to the front and back, raked by small arms, and then swarmed by insurgents. They had it stripped down faster than an abandoned car in LA. These casualties don't count in official figures because they're not military. I don't even know if there is a reliable tabulation of them.

          Read UTI, your free thought forum

          by DarkSyde on Mon May 22, 2006 at 05:04:15 AM PDT

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