Uncovered: The War on Iraq exposes that the George W. Bush Administration sold to Congress and the American people to justify going to war. The film uses experts to unearth the series of lies and misinformation the Administration based the entire foundation for war on, which Robert Greenwald and his team at Brave New Films expertly crafts into a 83-minute documentary.
The film, divided into seven different sections, begins by establishing a credible list of non-partisan experts. Each expert identifying themselves and stating why they are experts - essentially giving a verbal curriculum vitae. Those included in the film are David Albright, Robert Baer, Milt Bearden, Rand Beers, Bill Christison, David Corn, Philip Coyle, John Dean, Patrick Eddington Chas Freeman, Grahman Fuller, Mel Goodman, Larry C. Johnson, David A. Kay, John Brady Keisling, Karen Kwiatkowski, Patrick Lang, David C. MacMichael. Ray McGovern, Scott Ritter, Clare Short, Stansfield Turner, Henry Waxman, Thomas E. White, Joseph C. Wilson, Col. Mary Ann Wright, and Peter ZImmerman.
The second part focused on terrorismand presented the thesis that the September 11, 2001 attacks provided a false pretext for the Iraq War. This section argues that the George W Bush administration falsely claimed there was a link between Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden in order to convince Americans that we needed to go to war in Iraq.
The third part called Informers dealt with the administration’s trust in unreliable, self-serving sources for intelligence regarding Iraq’s military capabilities, including the fiction of WMDs.
The fourth part titled Sixteen Words exposed George W. Bush’s fake claim that Iraq had taken delivery of weapons-grade yellow-cake uranium from Niger. The film also discussed how diplomat Joseph C. Wilson leaked information that refuted this story. In retaliation, the Bush administration “outed” Wilson’s wife Valerie Plame as a covert CIA operative, costing her her job.
The fifth part titled War in Iraq documented how, as the US-led invasion of Iraq began, the administration was forced to backpedal on their assertions regarding Saddam Hussein’s arsenal and intentions.In order to justify continuing the war, they resorted to the claim that the Iraqi people were clamoring for the US and allies to free them from dictator Saddam Hussein.
The sixth part titled The Cost of War tallied the exorbitant amount of US taxpayer money that had been spent on the war up to the date of production. This section takes special note of the overblown contracts granted to large US corporate friends of the Bush administration.
The seventh part featured is titled Neocons and wrapped up the argument that the citizens of the US were intentionally and illegally conned into the war by a group of powerful neo-conservatives who had been looking for an excuse to invade Iraq long before the September 11 attacks.
The filmmakers intersperse clips from news shows that originally aired during the build-up to the war, and then debunk the points made in those clips with expert sound bites.
The information presented in Uncovered was not new to its audience,but reviews said it was organized in a useful way and built an “airtight” argument.