Bush's War

Bush's War
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/bushswar/

Video: Bush's War (4 hours total)
Part 1
http://youtu.be/bs6tiaXGMRs
Part 2
http://youtu.be/ttRfmCHIDSU

Timeline
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/bushswar/cron/
Site Map
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/bushswar/etc/sitemap.html

9/11 and Al Qaeda, Afghanistan and Iraq, WMD and the Insurgency, Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib, Fallujah, and the Surge. For six years FRONTLINE has been revealing those stories in meticulous detail, and the political dramas played out at the highest levels -- George W. Bush and Tony Blair, Dick Cheney and Colin Powell, Donald Rumsfeld, George Tenet, Condoleezza Rice, Osama Bin Laden.

Timeline: Annotated Video Timeline
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/bushswar/cron/

Transcript (part 1)
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/bushswar/etc/script.html
Transcript (part 2)
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/bushswar/etc/script2.html

Readings and Links
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/bushswar/etc/links.html

Site Map
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/bushswar/etc/sitemap.html

Map: Iraq's major ethnic and religious groups
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/insurgency/map/



Bush's War Video (Video Timeline)

Timeline: Annotated Video Timeline
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/bushswar/cron/

1980s

Terrorist attacks against Americans abroad

1990s

The Gulf War foreshadows conflicts to come in the George W. Bush administration

Wolfowitz's proposal for a new unilateral foreign policy of preemption and toughness

Al Qaeda's international terror network slowly comes into focus for US intelligence

2001

The George W. Bush presidency begins

Cheney's push to expand executive power
Cheney's Law (FRONTLINE)
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/cheney/

Rumsfeld sets out to transform the US military
Rumsfeld's War (FRONTLINE)

Iraqi exiles lobby Washington policy-makers

11 September 2001: America is under attack

The war cabinet gathers at Camp David; Iraq is discussed

CIA takes the lead in Afghanistan against Al Qaeda and the Taliban

Bin Laden escapes US offensive at Tora Bora

Working in the shadows: Rumsfeld creates new intelligence unit inside the Pentagon
Rumsfeld's War (FRONTLINE)
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/pentagon/
Biographical sketches of key players
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/pentagon/paths/

Planning for Iraq War begins

2002

Detainees from the war in Afghanistan start arriving at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

President Bush warns of an "Axis of Evil": North Korea, Iran, and Iraq

The State Department and Pentagon clash over postwar planning

The internal battle over whether Bush should keep trying diplomacy

Harsh interrogations take place at Guantanamo
The Torture Question (FRONTLINE)
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/torture/

2003

President Bush's State of the Union address: essentially a declaration of war

Secretary Powell makes the case for war at the UN

Blair's War (FRONTLINE)
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/blair/
Timeline: Failure of Diplomacy
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/blair/etc/cron.html

General Shinseki testifies on force level needed to invade, occupy Iraq

The Invasion of Iraq (FRONTLINE)
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/invasion/

US troops help Iraqis pull down Saddam Hussein's statue

Widespread looting escalates in Iraq

The Failure to Secure Iraq (FRONTLINE: Rumsfeld's War)
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/pentagon/themes/secure.html

Things seem to be spinning out of control: Rumsfeld appoints Paul Bremer to take charge

[loop back to include Jay Garner] General Jay Garner picked to handle postwar Iraq

The Lost Year in Iraq (FRONTLINE)

Bremer's De-Baathification order

The insurgency grows

Prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib

2004

No weapons of mass destruction are found
Chasing Saddam's Weapons (FRONTLINE)
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/wmd/

The first battle of Fallujah (April 2004)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Battle_of_Fallujah
Interview: Marine Colonel John Toolan
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/warriors/interviews/toolan.html

A new top general (George Casey replaces Sanchez) for Iraq--and a new exit strategy

General Casey as seen by colleagues
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/endgame/themes/casey.html

Sovereignty is transferred to the Iraqis (28 June 2004)

U.S. forces shift to "light footprint"

U.S. forces clash again with powerful Shi's militia leader: Moqtada al-Sadr
BBC News profile
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-12135160

Gangs of Iraq (FRONTLINE)
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/gangsofiraq/

Bush is re-elected; time to clean house

The second battle of Fallujah (8 November 2004)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_Battle_of_Fallujah

A Company of Soldiers (FRONTLINE) [November 2004]
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/company/

2005

Sunnis boycott elections; the sectarian divide grows

The Insurgency (FRONTLINE)
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/insurgency/

A new, promising strategy emerges in Tal Afar
Interview with Col. H.R. McMaster
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/insurgency/interviews/mcmaster.html

2006

Holy Shi'ite 'shrine is bombed, fueling sectarian violence
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/02/23/world/23iraq.html?pagewanted=all

A flickering civil war takes hold; Rumsfeld resigns

2007

The End Game [goes through the Surge] (FRONTLINE)
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/endgame/

A new plan and a new general (Petraeus replaces Casey) for Iraq

General Petraeus and the new team
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/endgame/themes/petraeus.html