“Hubris”: New Documentary Reexamines the Iraq War “Hoax” – An MSNBC film, hosted by Rachel Maddow and based on Michael Isikoff and David Corn’s book, finds new evidence that Bush scammed the nation into war.
A decade ago, on March 19, 2003, President George W. Bush launched the invasion of Iraq that would lead to a nine-year war resulting in 4,486 dead American troops, 32,226 service members wounded, and over 100,000 dead Iraqi civilians. The tab for the war topped $3 trillion. Bush did succeed in removing Saddam Hussein, but it turned out there were no weapons of mass destruction and no significant operational ties between Saddam’s regime and Al Qaeda. That is, the two main assertions used by Bush and his crew to justify the war were not true. Three years after the war began, Michael Isikoff, then an investigative reporter for Newsweek (he’s since moved to NBC News), and I published Hubris: The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, and the Selling of the Iraq War , a behind-the-scenes account of how Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, and their lieutenants deployed false claims, iffy intelligence, and unsupported hyperbole to win popular backing for the invasion.
The Green Zone was a fairly compelling fictionalized account of some of the events that occurred during the beginning of the Iraq invasion. Some of the characters were composites, like Lawrie Dayne ( played by Amy Ryan) was representative of reporters like the NYT’s Judith Miller who basically played stenographer for the the disinformation put out by the Bush White House. As good as movies like The Green Zone are at creating the momentum of tension, the audience seeing that things are spiraling out of control. Decisions have been made by the powers that be, and seemingly nothing, certainly not honor and values, can stop them. The real events make the movie seem sane in comparison. Political thrillers are supposed to be confined to the active imaginations of screen writers, not something that plays out in real life.