Reactions to
"No End in Sight"


Charles Ferguson’s documentary “No End in Sight” won the Special Jury Prize at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. This is the first film to analyze the policy decisions that led to Iraq’s decent into insurgency and civil war after the fall of Baghdad in April 2003.

The film was screened at UC Berkeley on April 16, 2007 as part of our “Botero at Berkeley” series. In a follow-up to this screening, the Center for Latin American Studies asked leading public intellectuals in Latin America to comment on the film as well as on the Iraq war and how it has affected their country’s perception of the United States.

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Commentators

Juan Gabriel Valdés (left)
Chile
Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN Security Council, 2000-2003

- English
- Español

Daniel Coronell
Colombia
Columnist for La Semana

"A Revealing Mirror"
- English
- Español

Roberto Guareschi
Argentina
Former editor of El Clarín

"Why All These Mistakes?"
- English
- Español

Javier Couso
Chile
Professor of Law at the
Universidad Católica de Chile

"The Iraqi Tragedy From a Latin American Perspective"
- English

Sergio Aguayo
Mexico
Professor, El Colegio de México

- English
- Spanish

 

Review of "No End in Sight" from Newsweek
July 30, 2007

Lucidly, and without partisan rhetoric, Charles Ferguson's not-to-be-missed documentary, "No End in Sight," lays out the disastrous missteps of the U.S. occupation of Iraq. The magnitude of the errors perpetrated by the Bush administration-ignorance, incompetence, arrogance, bad or nonexistent planning, cronyism and naiveté-can make you weep with anger. We hear about jobs in Iraq handed to the sons of Bush campaign donors, of the young woman put in charge of managing traffic in chaotic Baghdad despite never having studied traffic control or Arabic.

Thirty-five people are interviewed in the film, including Jay Garner, who briefly ran the reconstruction before being replaced by L. Paul Bremer; Ambassador Barbara Bodine, who was placed in charge of Baghdad (in an office that didn't even have phones); former deputy secretary of State Richard Armitage; a clearly bitter Robert Hutchings, chairman of the National Intelligence Council, who believes President Bush did not read the one-page summation of an intel report on the worsening situation that his committee submitted to the White House, and Colin Powell's former chief of staff, Col. Lawrence Wilkerson. One of the most eloquent is Col. Paul Hughes, who watched as Bremer carried out what the film posits as the most fatal of all the bad decisions: disbanding the Iraqi Army, which sent tens of thousands of unemployed, humiliated men into the arms of the insurgency.

Though Ferguson is a former senior fellow at the Brookings Institution (and a political-science professor at MIT), "No End in Sight" doesn't enter the debate over the rights and wrongs of the invasion. The director has said he initially supported the war. This movie, his first, never raises its voice, yet it is bursting with the barely contained rage of the men and women whose expertise and best intentions were betrayed at every turn. This powerhouse of a movie should be required viewing for every member of Congress. The executive branch is likely to avert its eyes.

-David Ansen
© 2010 Newsweek, Inc.

 

 

 

 

 

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