‘History repeats itself” is a common phrase that has been used for years to mean that what happens in the past has a way of haunting the future. Individuals who do not remember history are most likely condemned to repeat it. The film clearly explains the fictional weapons and web of deceit constructed by President Bush and his allies to justify the invasion of Iraq. Secondly, the consequences suffered because of the war were thousands of civilian lives were lost and soldiers’ lives put on line because of a fraudulent case that the United States government was making against Iraq in 2002-2003. Thirdly, the Republican war lies occurred during a period of unacknowledged democratic lies. The war was based on Republican lies such as mere suspicions that that there were ties between Al-Qaeda and Saddam’s regime, and Iraq was hiding weapons of mass destruction. If United States did not act on the suspicions the war could have been avoided.
Furthermore, the forces that were at work in the Iraq war were individuals with sadistic vengeance, lust for power, and greed. Hubris was a term used to suggest a tragic downfall of the party that was guilty of all this happenings. In addition, the war damaged the reputation of the United States, but that could not be compared to Iraq’s destruction to both its economy and development. Congressman Jones, who had earlier voted for the war, said that he would have voted no if he had read what was documented in the National Intelligence Estimates. He agreed that only a few of his colleagues had bothered to read before voting yes for the war. He finally admitted that human life was disregarded because the war generated mass murders that would not have been the case.
In addition, dishonesty, endless terrific bits, and incompetence of President’s Bush administration surrounding the Iraq war have been highlighted in the movie. This shows that governments of powerful countries have a long way to go when it comes to transparency issues. Lastly, the government should not rule a nation based on their own self-interests because they put the lives of the public at stake.
Evaluation of the movie
The movie was well done and factual because, most people would never have known the truth about the war for many years. Facts have been used to explain the real reason behind the Iraq war. President Bush administration was challenged to explain why they acted on non-factual information to invade Iraq without validating the truth behind the accusations directed at the nation. Bush administration has never been able to justify the invasion fully. The government came up with an explanation to the public that Iraq had been training Al Qaeda on chemical weapons, which would be used to destroy America and the whole world. However, the United States intelligence community never believed those claims. This mirrors that the government knows what it presents to the public is completely wrong and the National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq’s information on weapons of mass destruction has never been fully declassified.
Views on the Iraq war
My view on Iraq war is that it was unnecessary because it did more harm than good to the citizens. Innocent lives were lost and property destroyed because of deceit and information that lacked evidence. In a society whose basis is the rule of law, people who caused the war should have been prosecuted but Hubris has steered the viewers from any form of accountability by the perpetrators. No connections have been drawn on the current war deceit about Iraq. Production of a film like Hubris on the Iraq War has prolonged the awareness of the Americans on the lies used to destroy Iraq. The producers of the movie should be applauded for airing the film because it has brought to light what transpired between the United States and Iraq nations.
Overall comments and analysis
The invasion by the United States of Iraq was not necessary. The film presents good evidence such as propaganda and false analysis, that the Iraq war was based on deceit. The reasons used to attack the country were non-factual since the Americans did not find what they were looking for. The president had convinced the state into war with an effort to counteract the threat. Even though President Bush succeeded in removing Saddam Hussein, it turned out that that there were no major operational ties between Al-Qaeda and Saddam’s regime. The United States did not find weapons of mass destruction either. The two main assertions that President Bush used to justify the war against Iraq were not true. The president used unsupported hyperbole, false claims, and uncertain intelligence to win a backing and support for the invasion of Iraq. With the brutal removal of Saddam Hussein, many Americans and innocent Iraq civilians died. United States used over $1 trillion on the war, but the future of Iraq is still in doubt.
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