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Past Event

No End in Sight

A Reel Progress Screening

7:00 - 9:30 PM EDT

Official Synopsis:

“A coolheaded, devastating expose” – Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
“Enraging…apocalyptic…masterful.” – Rob Nelson, Village Voice

The first film of its kind to chronicle the reasons behind Iraq’s descent into guerilla war, warlord rule, criminality, and anarchy, “NO END IN SIGHT” is a jaw-dropping, insider’s tale of wholesale incompetence, recklessness, and venality. Based on over 200 hours of footage, the film provides a candid retelling of the events following the fall of Baghdad in 2003 by high ranking officials such as former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage, Ambassador Barbara Bodine (in charge of Baghdad during the Spring of 2003), former Chief of Staff to Colin Powell Lawrence Wilkerson, and General Jay Garner (in charge of the occupation of Iraq through May 2003), as well as Iraqi civilians, American soldiers, and prominent analysts.

“NO END IN SIGHT” examines the manner in which the principal errors of U.S. policy-the use of insufficient troop levels, allowing the looting of Baghdad, the purging of professionals from the Iraqi government, and the disbanding of the Iraqi military-largely created the insurgency and chaos that engulf Iraq today. How did a group of men with little or no military experience, knowledge of the Arab world, or personal experience in Iraq come to make such flagrantly debilitating decisions? “NO END IN SIGHT” dissects the people, issues, and facts behind the Bush administration’s decisions and their consequences on the ground to provide a powerful look into how arrogance and ignorance turned a military victory into a seemingly endless and deepening nightmare of a war.

A recent report by the Center for American Progress, “Strategic Reset,” will be available at the screening. The report calls for the United States to pick up the pieces left by President Bush’s flawed Middle East strategy by building a comprehensive, sustained diplomatic approach across the region.

Please join us for a provocative conversation with filmmaker Charles Ferguson and senior CAP fellow Brian Katulis following the screening.

Charles Ferguson, Filmmaker, “NO END IN SIGHT”
Brian Katulis, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress