The Unknown Known: The Life and Times of Donald Rumsfeld - documentary

The Unknown Known: The Life and Times of Donald Rumsfeld
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The Unknown Known, a 2013 biographical war documentary about the life and career of Donald Rumsfeld, who was congressman and secretary of Defence in the Bush Administration.


This documentary is significant because Rumsfeld was in office from early 2001 to late 2006, which makes him responsible for many of the strategic decisions in the invasion of Iraq and in the most significant stages of that war.


The film is a compilation of 33 hours worth of interviews conducted by director Errol Morris, and I am sure many of you will be interested in knowing if "The Unknown Known" talks about the controversy surrounding the "weapons of mass destruction", the justification for the Iraq war. The film puts a lot of focus on this subject and specifically to an answer he gave in a February 12, 2002 news briefing about the lack of evidence linking the government of Iraq to those weapons.


Of course, this documentary can't be mentioned without a comparison to "The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara" for they are both about defence secretaries involved in highly controversial wars. Watch both if you have the time.

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