No one gets nervous when we talk about our loved ones and Ken, William and David were topic one this weekend. It feels good to be with people who share the same politics and who understand and share each other's loss.
All of us continue to speak out in our communities, so we're pretty much on the same wavelength. On Thursday night, Mark picked me up at the airport and we dashed over to a theater in downtown Portland and met up for a screening of the documentary "No End in Sight" sponsored by KPOJ. 2 hosts from the morning show, Heidi Tauber & Carl Wolfson, hosted the evening. While the attendance was small and somewhat disappointing, the audience members who attended saw an excellent film by first time filmmaker Charles Ferguson. I highly recommend you put this film at the top of your "must see" list of films this summer. It is in limited distribution, but well worth the viewing. The San Jose Mercury News says:
No End In Sight" is not an ideological rant like Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11," and it has none of that film's cheap-shot provocations. The movie doesn't draw conclusions for you, but the one that seems almost inescapable — that this wasn't merely bungling, but arrogance and incompetence on a grand scale — feels even more scalding because of Ferguson's presentational style.
From the Sundance Film Festival, Caroline Libresco says:
Ferguson's surgical analysis of the way the U.S. government sparked disaster in Iraq is riveting, information packed, and airtight. In his capable hands, the situation has never been so transparently clear, which makes it even more shocking and tragic.There were 4 Gold Star Families in attendance, so it affected us more than most. When we view a film like this, you can't help but remember where your loved one was on that day, or when that incident happened. I was reminded that my son, Ken left for Iraq on May 12, 2003, the same day that L. Paul Bremer arrived in Baghdad; 2 different men beginning 2 different journeys. Travis Bradach's uncle John was in the audience and had to watch Bush say "Bring 'em on" again and remember that was the very day that Travis was killed. I couldn't help but think that non-military members would e viewing this film with a much different perspective.
While the film was difficult to watch for it's revelations of the incredible incompetence and arrogance of members of the Bush administration. The balance were the true heroes who were interviewed. Gen Jay Garner, Ambassador Barbara Bodine, Major General Paul Eaton, Lt Seth Moulden and Col Paul Hughes still seem dumbfounded that their expertise was not only not valued, but pushed aside to make way for the administrations rush to war and victory in this insane invasion.
Paul Hughes admitted that "there are nights that I don't sleep very well". Sir, welcome to my world.