Brodner’s Person of the Day: Charles Ferguson

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Charles Ferguson, a first-time filmmaker, has made No End in Sight, a very cogent exploration of how and when the war went “south” (as it does ever faster today) told in the words of Bush administration “managers” of the occupation such as Jay Garner and Richard Armitage. It depicts the breakdown of clear thought, communication, and general competence. It shows how we CREATED the insurgency by 1. Failing to set up a functioning government, 2. Firing all the Baath government officials, and 3. Dissolving the army. Run, don’t walk to this one. And bring a Republican friend.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3jk4kJG1Sg

PS: Check out this petition: stopiranwar.com.

PPS: So I’m off for two weeks traveling through the West with my daughter Terry before she goes off to college. See you after Labor Day!

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Reclaiming power from those who abuse it often starts with telling the truth. And in "This Is How Authoritarians Get Defeated," MoJo's Monika Bauerlein unpacks six truths to remember during the homestretch of an election where democracy, truth, and decency are on the line.

Truth #1: The chaos is the point.

Truth #2: Team Reality is bigger than it seems.

Truth #3: Facebook owns this.

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Truth #5: It's about minority rule.

Truth #6: The only thing that can save us is…us.

Please take a moment to see how all these truths add up, because what happens in the weeks and months ahead will reverberate for at least a generation and we better be prepared.

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