21 Days to Baghdad

Categories: History, Politics, War
1hr | 2003
21 DAYS TO BAGHDAD joins National Geographic's own filmmakers Gary Scurka and Charles Poe to relive their experiences shooting in and around Baghdad during the Iraqi conflict. Working with officials insistent on denying the imminent threat posed by the U.S. aggression, Poe sets the scene in Baghdad as one by one, the city's stalwart buildings and palaces succumb to enemy fire. Dealing with the bureaucracy by day and filming the aerial attacks by night, Poe gives a very real impression of a city-and governmental regime-in peril as coalition forces draw closer.

Stationed with India Company of the Third Battalion, Fourth Marines, Scurka gives viewers an up-close look at the U.S. military in action as he travels with them by tank from the Kuwaiti border into Baghdad. Viewers experience enemy fire first hand as India Company undergoes a tense conflict outside the Baghdad city limits. Later, after it is clear the coalition forces have effectively ended Hussein's stronghold on the city, viewers are there to witness the soldiers' relief as they enter Baghdad to the smiling faces and cheers of its citizenry.

One-on-one interviews with military personnel give viewers insight into the complex mix of emotions soldiers encounter when facing the enemy, helping the wounded or thinking of home. Meighan Adamouski, wife of Blackhawk pilot James Adamouski, whose helicopter was shot down by Iraqi soldiers early on in the conflict, puts a human face to the impact of the war back home as she talks of her husband's commitment to his country and his family. For many soldiers, these seemingly disparate loyalties do not conflict with their stated missions, but make them even more steadfast in their belief that what they accomplish abroad will enable their family to lead a happier, more secure life at home.

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Topics: India, Saddam Hussein, War, Iraq, Military, Politics, Social Issues, Government, Conflict, Journalism, Documentaries, War
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Charles Stacker Sr.
Charles Stacker Sr.
August 31, 2014
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Laura Mitchell
Laura Mitchell
November 11, 2013
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Carlos Gomez
Carlos Gomez
August 31, 2013
The awful thing about this documentary is that, after the invasion, there was a long period (2003-2011) of holding onto Iraqi cities, an effort that cost 4,487 Americans and 16,623 post-Saddam Iraqi security forces. Another thing is that, despite the mildly revisionist claims that America went into Iraq to topple the Saddam regime, the initial reason (and the reason used to justify the invasion eight years after the documentary) was that the Saddam regime possessed (imaginary) weapons of mass destruction, and that these had to be secured and disarmed at all costs (a combined cost of ~20,000 soldiers).