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Shock and Awe (2018)

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Shock and Awe is a 2021 film about a story that the Knight Ridder news organization supposedly covered.

0 out of 10 stars.  There are much better films on the U.S.’s invasion of Iraq.  This one was disappointing and told from the viewpoint of Knight Ridder newspapers, a corporation that’s the Harvey Weinstein of news media.  There’s a reason there are almost no women in this film.

9/11 happened during George W Bush’s watch.  Shortly afterward, Donald Rumsfeld (Secretary of Defense) and Dick Cheney (Vice President) concocted a story that Saddam Hussein was building weapons of mass destruction.  He wasn’t.  He couldn’t have even if he wanted to because he’d thrown his country back into the stone age.  Every intelligence agency told Rumsfeld and Cheney this was impossible, but they wanted to invade so they could get rich.  Bush comes from a Texas oil family and he wanted Iraq’s oil.  Cheney wanted all of the private security contracts.  And Rumsfeld wanted power.  The three of them personally made billions of dollars from the Iraq War.

Is that in this film?  No.  This film deals solely with some interviews made by two male reporters (because there were no women) at Knight Ridder.  Then their article was scooped by another newspaper because they took too long to write it.  Both of the reporters were unlikable men, which is true to the Knight Ridder reputation of degrading women.

0 out of 10 stars.  I tried three times to watch this.  It was so patched together poorly.  And Knight Ridder is a terrible organization that condoned the abuse of women.  It’s the Harvey Weinstein of news organizations.  Why would anyone want to promote them?

Watch the 2010 film Fair Game.  It’s the true story of the CIA operative and her diplomat husband who tried to expose Cheney and Rumsfeld’s lies and were almost killed for it.


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