THE PLOT THUS FAR
With Islamic extremists gaining ground in Iraq, and the Obama administration being pulled back into the conflict, FRONTLINE presents Losing Iraq, a timely and late-breaking report on the crisis in Iraq.
From the FRONTLINE investigative team that produced Lost Year in Iraq, The Torture Question, Endgame, and Bush’s War, this new hour-long film will draw on the team’s experience and sources to trace the history of America’s involvement in Iraq and follow events on the ground and at the White House.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“Losing Iraq” at how ISIS and ISIL forces have started to undermine the fragile peace that America established in Iraq. The documentary examines the failures of Bush’s illegal invasion and occupation of Iraq, while looking at what can be done in the future. Still, the documentary focuses more as a history rather than an accusatory piece. If anything, the documentary serves as a greatest hits at how a weak foreign policy coupled with a never-ending propaganda machine could lead to such utter failure. More importantly, it shows how Iraq has become lost in the process.
Frontline loves tackling huge issues like this and only dedicating about 90 minutes to each installment. It’s just long enough to present enough information to piss you off. What matters is that the information is presented without bias and given appropriate weight as a scholarly pursuit. It’s just that so much of what we see here has that whole historical Cassandra vibe that makes the present day viewer want to scream. Especially, as it seems that the Obama Administration is falling down the hole into the same quagmire. But, what’s the price if you do nothing?
The DVD comes with no special features. The standard definition transfer is crisp enough. The Dolby track is a supportive surround mix. It’s typical for most documentaries. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase to fans.
RELEASE DATE: 10/07/2014