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The Truth About "Green Zone" Is and Unknown
Matt Damon's latest, Green Zone, has been rated 3-4 stars. It is a war slash political thriller based on some truth. There is no doubt the buzz on the blogs is either it is factual or it is out in la-la land with Demi Lovato.
The whole central theme is why America went invaded Iraq. Recall that in 1991, the US stopped short of going into Baghdad and beyond in fear of what a mess it might become. George Bush, Jr. like many Americans were angry of not completing the job by George Bush Sr. His son, no doubt sought to finish the job.
To do this, Bush Jr., based on information he received from the NSA, CIA, claimed that Iraq had WMDs, weapons of mass destruction (nukes, poisonous gases, bio-warfare). Bush and those under him all bought this and as we all know, went to the UN to state their case and convince. They did this. I suspect that even they did not know at the time that the info given to them by the NSA, CIA was, in fact, wrong. The hysteria and tension was much too high for further waiting. America did not rush into war at all, it was a long drawn out process. As to the intelligence the CIA and NSA had acquired, there is a good chance that many handling this info were also convinced it was, in fact, real, as pieces began to fit. Maybe the pieces still lacked real substantiation, but some were true-Iraq did have poisonous gases.
We all know now that the case presented about Iraq's WMDs to go to war was incorrect, perhaps some was intelligence were simply lies given by bad informants on the ground. Maybe these informants had their agenda also, as in, wanting the US to invade to remove Saddam. But, we would never know this.
In Green Zone, Damon is going WMD sites with his team finding nothing. This part of the movie is factually correct. That is what happened over and over again. It is true that WMD's did not exist. So, that is true.
The "unknown" in real life and in the movie is, did an Iraqi army general or General Ahwari meet secretly with a US diplomat in Syria or anywhere to discuss WMDs and second, did the Iraqi official state that no WMDs existed in Iraq, and third, did the US official tell the CIA or President a lie, opposite of the truth (which is they never existed) in order to provide data the President wanted to justify going to war?
In the movie, that is conveyed as "fact", when no one really knows if any of the three conditions did occur.