Wednesday, August 16, 2006

The Darth Side

Mr. Blueberry has directed me toward this very informative and revealing set of online video segments from PBS Frontline. The title of them is "The Dark Side" and they have helped me to grasp a few things about this whole Iraq invasion, Colin Powell's behavior, Tenet's behavior, Cheney/Rumsfeld and what they are about, etc.
In "The Dark Side," FRONTLINE tells the story of the vice president's role as the chief architect of the war on terror, and his battle with Director of Central Intelligence George Tenet for control of the "dark side." Drawing on more than 40 interviews and thousands of documents, the film provides a step-by-step examination of what happened inside the councils of war.

Early in the Bush administration, Cheney placed a group of allies throughout the government who advocated a robust and pre-emptive foreign policy, especially regarding Iraq. But a potential obstacle was Tenet, a holdover from the Clinton administration who had survived the transition by bypassing Cheney and creating a personal bond with the president.

After the attacks on 9/11, Cheney seized the initiative and pushed for expanding presidential power, transforming America's intelligence agencies and bringing the war on terror to Iraq. Cheney's primary ally in this effort was Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.

They are available in both Real and Windows media formats.

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