The Road to War: Iraq



9 p.m. Monday, Aug. 27
National Geographic

The Iraq War -- what has become one of the most devastating events of the 21st century -- is given full coverage by the National Geographic Channel in this detailed and often revealing look at how we arrived at the tragedy that still won't end. Some of the testimony here is clearly political (maybe even more than some), but it's still spellbinding. What should perhaps be called "The Eye on Iraq" is still aptly titled "The Road to War: Iraq." And a long road it has been.

The footage is completely fascinating, from the look (or the attempted absence of one) on President Bush's face the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, to the hard-to-watch rehash from key players about just how we got to and stayed in Iraq.

On hand are Andrew Card, former White House chief of staff, Richard Armitage, former deputy secretary of state, and a slew of others, each helping to document the precision and consistency with which this country has its eye on Saddam Hussein -- for years, of course.

The drama that unfolds, and the images that spill forward, are moving, even if we've seen them hundreds of times before.