If you see one movie this month, go to see No End in Sight by Charles Ferguson. Take your Republican friends of you have them. For an interview with the Director, go to Salon.com
It is based on in-depth interviews with many Republican establishment personages and gives the information that they, probably out of respect for their professional status, personal judgments, and political position were unable to give to us all during the first few years of the war. I am sure that the Republican establishment will regard it as a hatchet job, but there is so much truth telling going on here--the really commonsense and practical approach to the Iraqi mess--that you cannot fail to be convinced that the movie gets close to establishing the truth of the situation. But don't see the movie without reading the interview with Ferguson, which establishes a great context for the movie and for his credentials.
Certainly, for your Republican friends, it will probably raise the underside of their loyalty--the nagging questions that they must have had when they saw things go from bad to worse, especially when we reached the point where this war in Iraq lasted longer than WW2 lasted for America's involvement. In a modest effort to avoid our parochialism, WW2 in Europe lasted from September 1, 1939 (when Germany invaded Poland) to May 8, 1945 (VE Day).