On Tuesday June 20, PBS aired the latest installment of their spectacular Frontline series. Through interviews with various insiders including CIA, State Department, and DoD agents and officials as well as journalists such as Bob Woodward of the Washington Post and Steve Coll of The New Yorker, The Dark Side details the inner tension and turmoil amongst members of the Bush administration during the run-up to the Iraq War.
The program sheds light on the the animosity that existed between VP Dick Cheney and his cohorts on one side who were pushing for war at any cost and CIA Director George Tenet and Secretary of State Colin Powell who were a tad apprehensive about manufacturing intelligence to justify a bloody land war (and who both eventually resigned). It's as fascinating as it is disturbing, and I believe you can watch it right on the PBS Frontline website. If you had any shred of doubt left in your mind that this administration set out from the beginning to fix the facts around their pro-war policy, you won't after watching this chilling piece.
Bulletin! I recently made my sophomore appearance sitting in for Chris on the 6/19/2006 episode of the podcast This Just In. Tanner and I discuss, with rapier wit, a myriad of topics from the World Cup to Craigslist.
I saw the Al Gore documentary on global warming, An Inconvienient Truth, the other night in Georgetown. It was extremely well done and I think it did a marvelous job of ramming home the hard to contest truth that humans, more specifically the CO2 emissions of humans, are changing the climate and we will see serious consequences (oh, like lower Manhattan being underwater) much sooner than we once thought. Ride your bike to the theater and see it! [Trailer] [Website] [Book]
Other film trailers to check out:
Leonard Cohen, I'm Your Man: This documentary about one of the most influential and important singer-songwriters of the 20th Century looks like a must-see. "I remember you well in the Chelsea Hotel…"
The King: Starring Gael Garcia Bernal and William Hurt.
A young man just released from the Navy, who seeks out the father he never knew (Hurt), only to find that he is now the evangelical pastor of a thriving church in a prosperous Texas community. With a beautiful wife (Harring), a seemingly innocent daughter and a son bound for bible college, the pastor wants nothing to do with the bastard son.
Until next time, Godspeed. Remember to tip your waitress. Goodnight.