Ten years on – War, Lies and Video

by Andrew Mason

From Point du Jour International – coming shortly (currently in production, available at the end of February).

The trailer:

The promotional description:

On the occasion the 10th anniversary of the start of the War in Iraq.

Ten years after the start of a war that left between 100 000 and 250 000 dead and which destabilised the region for long years to come, the world is better-informed about the details of the formidable machinations of the American administration to politically, legally and morally legitimise a war that – without this window-dressing – increasingly appears to have been a war of aggression.

From the Valerie Plame affair to Jessica Lynch, from doctored photos shown by Colin Powell at the United Nations and pictures of prisoners at the Abu Ghraib prison, there are numerous elements indicating that a conspiracy was organised in a deliberate and organised manner by the principal players in the Bush administration. And yet, at this point in time, no film has so far presented a complete and coherent account of events with a view to questioning the legal responsibility of the perpetrators of such a conspiracy.


It is such an account that François Bringer intends to present. A journalist, specialised in the United States, he is notably the author of “11 September : “Whistle-Blowers, ces agents qu’on a fait taire” (“They sounded the alarm… the agents who were silenced”) and headed the investigative research for Jean-Christophe Klotz’s film “11 Septembre, les routes de la terreur”.

With the perspective of ten years historical distance since the beginning of the war, it is finally possible to retrace the course of the neo-conservative strategy (in both legal and propaganda contexts) adopted by the Bush administration, and to demonstrate the connections with the ensuing economic and political repercussions.

In order to gain a clearer understanding, the film will examine the colossal efforts made by the Bush administration to fabricate a tissue of state lies on a global scale in order to trigger a war of aggression. We shall see how quite phenomenal resources were mobilised. In combining the political will of the neo-conservatives, the credibility of the American government’s heavyweights, the creative talents of major advertising agencies and Hollywood producers, and the cynicism of the Pentagon’s propagandists, a vast brain-washing scheme was then judiciously served up to a compliant media sector, softened up by the fanatical patriotism dominating post-9/11 America.

How did this happen?

7 comments to this article

  1. John Bone

    on February 9, 2013 at 10:20 pm -

    It seems that John Rentoul was not at the Huffington – Goldsmiths event that he was plugging.


    However he has used it as another opportunity to write one of his very odd blog posts about the “wheezing traction engine of Blair rage”.


    The interestung thing to note, though, is that John Rentoul appears to be agreeing with Toby Dodge’s conclusion in his book “Iraq: From War to a New Authoritarianism”. Rentoul appears to be saying that the story of the occupation is a sad story. So is this an admission that regime change isn’t such a wonderful idea after all?

  2. andrewsimon

    on February 10, 2013 at 12:38 pm -

    The liveblog page for the Iraq Debate event is here.

  3. Chris Ames

    on February 17, 2013 at 11:03 am -

    It seems that Rentoul’s “journalism” just gets lazier and lazier and he is reduced to speculating about things without taking the trouble to find out about them properly and calling everyone who disagrees with him a conspiracy theorist.

    In this blog post http://blogs.independent.co.uk/2013/02/11/the-day-of-reckoning-approaches/ he criticises the Digest in the following terms:

    “Iraq Inquiry Digest, for example, which used to be a website with an anti-war point of view that scrupulously collated information about the Chilcot inquiry, is now linking to a film timed to coincide with the anniversary that seems to be made by a 9/11 conspiracy crank. Called Iraq: War, Lies and Video, it is made by François Bringer, who has written a book called 11 September: Whistle-Blowers, ces agents qu’on a fait taire. My French isn’t great, but I don’t think that translates as “sensible” in any language.”

    How lazy can you get? Criticising someone for linking to a film “that seems to be made by a 9/11 conspiracy crank”. “Seems to be.” I’m not sure if slandering someone in this way is actually accurate, but I’m going to do it anyway. Pathetic.

  4. chris lamb

    on February 17, 2013 at 6:14 pm -

    Perhaps John Rentoul should re-read Matthew Ryecroft’s Downing Street Memo where the scale of the Bush administration’s lies to fit the ‘intelligence’ with its intentions to remove Saddam’s regime by force was fully admitted (not least by government ministers like Jack Straw).

    In the meantime, here are some videos featuring well known ‘conspiracy theorists’- disaffected CIA officials- raising the same point;