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The Grand War of Civilizations [electronic resource]

For decades, Iraq was Saddam Hussein's sadistic stomping ground. Then it became George W. Bush's ideological battlefield. The pivot point was 9/11 and a perceived link between Saddam and al Qaeda, bringing calls for an invasion from top American and Western leaders. This program examines the consequences of that hasty decision-making process: misadventure on a grand scale, according to many observers, and an extremist backlash that engulfed Iraq in bloodshed. Viewers meet retired Major General James Marks, senior intelligence officer for coalition land forces during Operation Iraqi Freedom, and gain insight as to why the occupation and counter-insurgency faced so many problems. Events in both Fallujah and Baghdad are studied. Numerous accounts from victims of sectarian violence, ques [...]

Iraq [electronic resource]: On the Brink

One year after its "liberation" by U.S. forces, Iraq had descended into chaos. The country's infrastructure was in a shambles, the death toll was still rising, and vast swathes of the country had become no-go areas for American troops. How did the situation deteriorate so quickly? Why did the cheering Iraqis who initially welcomed the Americans turn against them? This documentary, filmed in 2004 shortly after the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime, examines the reaction in Iraq to the American presence there; and while some Iraqis feel that "anything is better than Saddam," most cite the tragic civilian casualties and distrust of Western motives as fueling anger against the occupation.
2004; 2012

Iraq's Secret War Files [electronic resource]

After receiving a flash drive from the WikiLeaks organization containing nearly 400,000 secret military reports, the producers of British current events show "Dispatches" teamed up with the Bureau of Investigative Journalism to analyze the raw data. This documentary presents the results of their collaboration - findings which strongly suggest that U.S. troops in Iraq were killing more civilians than insurgents at checkpoints, that they killed people who were trying to surrender, and that even after the scandal of Abu Ghraib, U.S. soldiers continued to abuse prisoners while the Coalition turned a blind eye.
2010; 2012

Moyers & Company [electronic resource]: Chaos in Iraq

In the context of the rise of ISIS, Robert Kagan's recent essay "Superpowers Don't Get to Retire," and the wave of punditry accusing Obama of weakness and arguing that the U.S. must use the military to uphold world order, Bill Moyers speaks with combat veteran and historian Andrew Bacevich. Bacevich argues that U.S. post-WWII foreign policy generally, and Middle East policy particularly, has not been benevolent and generally failed.