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FRONTLINE: Bush's War (Part 2 of 2)
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03/25/2008
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The series of missteps that would lead Iraq into a full-blown insurgency.

 


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FRONTLINE

Bush's War (Part 2 of 2)

Aired March 25 at 9:00 p.m. on CPTV

More than anything else, the Iraq war will be the lasting legacy of the Bush presidency. “Bush’s War” (Part Two) examines that war — beginning with the quick American victory in Iraq and the early mistakes that were made, and then recounting how chaos, looting and violence quickly engulfed the country. As American forces realized they were unprepared for the looting that followed the invasion, plans for a swift withdrawal of troops were put on hold. With only a few weeks’ preparation, American administrator L. Paul Bremer was sent to find a political solution to a rapidly deteriorating situation. Bremer’s first moves were to disband the Iraqi military and remove members of Saddam Hussein’s party from the government. They were decisions that the original head of reconstruction, General Jay Garner (Ret.), begged Bremer to reconsider at the time. Now they are seen by others as one of the first in a series of missteps that would lead Iraq into a full-blown insurgency. visit the website...


 
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