By Govindini Murty. After watching the fine documentary The Surge recently, my first thoughts to myself were: “Why hasn’t everyone in America seen this?” Why does it take a documentary made by a group of independent filmmakers (and just recently screened at the 2010 G.I. Film Festival) to finally, clearly and rationally explain to me what was going on with the sectarian violence in Iraq in 2006 and 2007, and how the military surge defeated it? Why couldn’t the media do a better job of covering the war and explaining what was happening to the public?Cnp is truly still more universal! order cialis I put an skin to him significantly.
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For there was voluminous media coverage of the war in 2006-2007, but it was so biased and so distorted that one could never get a clear sense of what was really going on on the ground, even if one followed the news avidly. The overwhelming impression the media conveyed about Iraq was that it was just a hopeless welter of violence, and that no matter what the U.S. military did, it was in the wrong. Then you add to that all the anti-war Hollywood movies that were coming out in 2006 and 2007 that painted American troops in Iraq as sadistic killers and rapists (In the Valley of Elah, Redacted, etc.), and that portrayed the Republican leadership in Washington as incompetent cretins who callously sacrifice American troops overseas (think Tom Cruise’s portrayal of a careerist Republican senator – who needlessly sends American troops to their deaths in Afghanistan – in Robert Redford’s Lions for Lambs), and you get a very distorted picture of what is really going on. Watch The Surge online today (it’s only 34 minutes, and you can watch it above), and the thicket of lies, obfuscation, and anti-American propaganda that is the crowning achievement of our media and pop culture establishment will be rapidly cut away by the clear, objective truth.
What interested me the most about The Surge was the manner in which it reaffirmed the importance of being grounded in reality and appreciating the lessons of human experience in order to achieve real-world victory. The Surge worked because General Petraeus and General Odierno emphasized the need to work on the ground with the Iraqi people. As a conservative, this respect for reality and personal experience is one of my core beliefs, and that is why I am in a constant rhetorical battle against the left’s attempts to obfuscate reality and rewrite history (which is after all the sum total of all our personal experiences). This is a theme I will be discussing a great deal in the weeks to come: the importance of “not-forgetting,” or what philosopher Eric Voegelin calls the importance of “anamnesis.” The left would like us to forget the success we just achieved in Iraq, but The Surge records it and presents it before our eyes in an insistent act of remembering.
As General Petraeus and General Odierno express in their interviews, what allowed The Surge to work was a new strategy that was based on sending American troops directly into the worst, most violent neighborhoods, having them take up residence and get to know every Iraq family personally, and then literally working house by house to both defeat the terrorists and to get the Iraqi people on the American’s side.
As The Surge shows, this strategy worked brilliantly. The Iraqis finally got fed up with Al Qaeda, saw first-hand that the Americans were sincere in building a democratic Iraq and were there to help, and turned on the terrorists themselves. It is also amazing to see depicted in the film the bonds that the American troops built with the Iraqi people by living and working with them – and what patience, hard work, and ingenuity this counter-insurgency strategy took. It’s a complex, dramatic, and ultimately touching story of good winning out over evil.
The story of The Surge would make a great feature film – but of course Hollywood will never make a film that depicts this kind of American military success. Fortunately, Hollywood doesn’t have a strangehold on filmmaking, and with current digital technology, perhaps some independent filmmakers can get together and make a fictional drama based on the events of The Surge. I would be the first to line up to see it.