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On September 11th 2001, as he faced incalculable losses after the terrorist attacks that day, President George W Bush made a call to his greatest international ally: British Prime Minister Tony Blair. 18 months later, Bush and Blair led a coalition into a war that went horribly wrong. David Dimbleby, one of the BBC’s best known news hosts and reporters, takes us back to those crucial 18 months. Talking to prime ministers, politicians, spies and weapons inspectors he asks how and why we came to invade Iraq. And as we experience an era of lies and mistrust - did the events of 17 years ago set the stage for the world we live in now?

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The Fault Line: Bush, Blair and Iraq Somethin’ Else

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On September 11th 2001, as he faced incalculable losses after the terrorist attacks that day, President George W Bush made a call to his greatest international ally: British Prime Minister Tony Blair. 18 months later, Bush and Blair led a coalition into a war that went horribly wrong. David Dimbleby, one of the BBC’s best known news hosts and reporters, takes us back to those crucial 18 months. Talking to prime ministers, politicians, spies and weapons inspectors he asks how and why we came to invade Iraq. And as we experience an era of lies and mistrust - did the events of 17 years ago set the stage for the world we live in now?

This is a Somethin' Else production.

    4: The Alpha Dog

    4: The Alpha Dog

    How did WMD become central to the case for war in Iraq? We go back to 1991 - just after the first Gulf War - to find out why the argument for invading Iraq focussed on Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction. We look at how the Iraqis tried to hide these weapons and meet the two men who did the most to try and find them.

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    • 47 min
    3: Shoulder To Shoulder

    3: Shoulder To Shoulder

    On September 11th 2001 the world changes in an instant. George Bush calls his greatest international ally, Tony Blair, and the two leaders stand shoulder to shoulder. But where and how should they strike back? A team of intrepid reporters in Washington investigates why the Bush administration is turning its attention towards Saddam Hussein and Iraq.
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    • 48 min
    2: Up The Arse Of The White House

    2: Up The Arse Of The White House

    How did Bush and Blair get so close? We go back to the late 90s and hear how British Ambassador in Washington Christopher Meyer carried out Blair’s instruction to ‘get up the arse of the White House and stay there’. Meyer tries to find out what Bush’s position is on foreign policy and gets to know the influential group of conservatives advising him. They’re known as the neocons.
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    • 45 min
    1: The Truth Shall Set You Free

    1: The Truth Shall Set You Free

    Was there a chance to stop the 2003 invasion of Iraq before it even began? In February 2003 CIA agent Bill Murray chased a high level, top secret new source across the middle east. Bill was looking for a piece of information so valuable he might be able to use it to stop a war.

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    • 38 min
    Introducing... The Fault Line: Bush, Blair and Iraq

    Introducing... The Fault Line: Bush, Blair and Iraq

    On September 11th 2001, as he faced incalculable losses after the terrorist attacks that day, President George W Bush made a call to his greatest international ally: British Prime Minister Tony Blair. 18 months later, Bush and Blair led a coalition into a war that went horribly wrong. David Dimbleby, one of the BBC’s best known news hosts and reporters, takes us back to those crucial 18 months. Talking to prime ministers, politicians, spies and weapons inspectors he asks how and why we came to invade Iraq. And as we experience an era of lies and mistrust - did the events of 17 years ago set the stage for the world we live in now? Coming September 29th......
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    • 3 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
388 Ratings

388 Ratings

Greeeeeg23 ,

Fantastic

Love this series. Real in depth journalism. Can't wait till Episode 4!

Shuck5 ,

The Truth Shall Set You Free?

So far I am enjoying this series. I like the presentation. However, I hoped it would be made very clear that US policy during Iran-Iraq war was to equipt Iraq with the means to make chemical weapons, & to sanction their use so as to avoid an Iran win at all costs. The means to make those weapons were supplied by US, European & other western Govts. The interview with Rumsvelt mentions that fact briefly. But stating that we ‘knew’ from the attack on Kurdish Halabja & the murder of 5000 Kurds (1988) that Iraqi regime had WMD, is misleading. We knew they were used against Iran, on both civilians & combatants between 1983 - 1988, we knew upwards of 20,000 combatants & civilians, including Iranian Kurds had died as a result (& the ongoing deaths from after effects continue). We knew because we gave it to them. What we didn’t expect was that Saddam would use them on people the US didn’t sanction their use on. That would be more accurate & contextual. We were ok with their use as long as it was to Iranians. Just as the policy now in Mid East is against Iran, regardless of the fall out to the area & the rest of the world, so it was then. Saddam’s error was to turn his ambitions against his fellow Arabs & former US masters. Otherwise our concern about WMD was absent. The duplicity of western attitudes (including Blair) & behaviours towards other countries should always be hilighted & never understated, simply because it’s still happening now. We are once again making the case for war based on very very dubious ‘intelligence’ & rationale.

naskonn ,

After all these years you still don’t call it a fraud

Bush and Blair were desperate for intelligence sources from Iraq literally translates to Bush and Blair were desperate for war.

As another reviewer noted, this is mostly a veteran journalist name dropping from time to time with ads in between. Doesn’t mention that the war was forced on to the world with shoddy intelligence at best or outright manufactured at worst. It still talks as if Bush and Blair were working in good faith. Moreover, the worst part is that journalists like David to this day treat it more like a political disaster than a massive tragedy resulting in the death of millions and loss of livelihood for many more. There’s a NYT piece describing what happens when a missile drops near you. Look around you and imagine that happening to a million people in your city. That is what this war has created. David is correct that a lot of people lost faith in the media due to the Iraq war. I agree with that. But no reconciliation or justice will come out of this podcast. This is not an interview. David feeds you what he thinks you should have known. He lets the CIA agent tell you they believe in ‘the truth shall set you free’ and you’re supposed to just accept it. F that. This podcast is worth your hatred. I’m listening to it only to be sure I’m being fair. I don’t want to be fair to this smug piece of who gave us this war and my generation of people and those to come have to live with its impact. F him.

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