"War Made Easy": From the Gulf of Tonkin to WMD

Excerpt from the documentary "War Made Easy", directed & Written by Loretta Alper & Jeremy Earp


"War Made easy: How Presidents & Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death."

"War Made Easy" reaches into the Orwellian memory hole to expose a 50-year pattern of government deception and media spin that has dragged the United States into one war after another from Vietnam to Iraq. Narrated by actor and activist Sean Penn, the film exhumes remarkable archival footage of official distortion and exaggeration from LBJ to George W. Bush, revealing in stunning detail how the American news media have uncritically disseminated the pro-war messages of successive presidential administrations.

"War Made Easy" gives special attention to parallels between the Vietnam war and the war in Iraq. Guided by media critic Norman Solomon?s meticulous research and tough-minded analysis, the film presents disturbing examples of propaganda and media complicity from the present alongside rare footage of political leaders and leading journalists from the past, including Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Defense Secretary Robert McNamara, dissident Senator Wayne Morse, and news correspondents Walter Cronkite and Morley Safer."

A blogger's reaction:

"Watching this footage from 1964 and then later during the lead up to the Iraq War featuring prominently Colin Powell, I can't help ponder what goes on in that man's mind. Of all the Bush Administration clowns one would think Powell would have learned some lesson from Vietnam or held onto some bitterness once it was revealed that the entire event that was supposed to have triggered that war never happened and yet as this video shows how he was seen by many pundits and people as the man who "sealed the deal" on this current war. I just wonder if that keeps him up at night.

Anyway, this footage is from a highly acclaimed new documentary called "War Made Easy", which is narrated by Sean Penn and features writer Norman Solomon, on whose book the film is based. [The] uses shocking archival footage from the 60s and juxtaposes it with footage from 2002 and 2003, proving not just that administrations were repeating themselves but also mainstream news organizations morphed from reporters to cheerleaders overnight."