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Filmmaker Errol Morris puts a smiling Donald Rumsfeld in the hot seat in "The Unknown Known" but the former defense secretary refuses to give an inch about the failure of the Iraq War.
DVD review: Rumsfeld squirms and smiles in Morris’ hot seat
First Published Jul 01 2014 09:43 am • Last Updated Jul 01 2014 09:43 am

Grade » B+

DVD » When we see the Sunday talk shows interviewing the people who lied us into the Iraq War, compounding their past errors with new bad advice, it’s good to know that Errol Morris beat them to it.

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In "The Unknown Known," Morris turns his interrogation skills to Donald Rumsfeld, George W. Bush’s defense secretary, to seek the truth about why he and the Bush administration cherry-picked intelligence, encouraged the public to link Saddam Hussein and the 9/11 hijackers, and bullied others to tow the line toward an invasion of Iraq. Rumsfeld refuses to play ball, though, attacking the premise of Morris’ questions — which is a good way to avoid answering them.

The resulting film shows why the sins of the Iraq War have not been forgiven, because the sinners refuse to repent.

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