I watched the new movie Shock and Awe which dramatizes the American government’s use of fabricated intelligence to justify its war with Iraq. The producers made a good case that the decision to attack Iraq was made well in advance of finding any evidence of an Iraqi military or terrorism threat.
I found the movie to be a little stiff and ham-fisted so did not enjoy it very much. It did however provide another good example of the ubiquity of denial in our culture.
Shock and Awe was more interesting for what it didn’t say than what it said.
Not once did the producers ask or attempt to answer the question why did senior American leaders decide to attack Iraq?
How is it possible that the only question that matters is the only question that is not asked?
It isn’t, of course, unless you’re in denial and don’t want to know the answer.
Put yourself in the shoes of an American leader in the few years leading up to the 2003 Iraq war.
Your best minds are predicting a peak in global conventional oil production somewhere around 2005. The 2008 crash and resulting zero interest rate that enabled the unprofitable fracking industry to increase oil production has not yet occurred and was not predicted by the idiot economists that advise you. Iraq has the second best reserves of high quality oil left on the planet and is led by a dictator who is no longer friendly and is starting to sell oil to your enemies in euros which might undermine your reserve currency which enables your country to live far beyond its means. Your economy is totally dependent on imported oil and you have no chance of being re-elected if there is a recession and gas shortages.
Now the Iraq war makes more sense.
But you won’t learn any of this from Shock and Awe.