Chuck Spinney: The Arrogance of US Ignorance

04 Inter-State Conflict, 05 Civil War, 07 Other Atrocities, 08 Wild Cards, 10 Transnational Crime, Corruption, Government, Idiocy, Ineptitude, Military
Chuck Spinney
Chuck Spinney

The excellent BBC documentary Bitter Lake is on youtube in two parts and can be found at these links:

It is well worth watching … stylistically I found its format somewhat distracting to my tastes and would have liked it more organized chronologically.   But that is a nit pick.  CS

Guardian Review by Emma Graham-Harrison below the line.

Bitter Lake is a brilliant portrayal of the west’s terrible arrogance in Afghanistan

Adam Curtis’s Afghanistan documentary occasionally oversimplifies a complex story, but overall it is a powerful film that conveys the high cost of invasion

Emma Graham-Harrison, Guardian, Thursday 29 January 2015 06.06 EST

Adam Curtis’s long dive into the troubled and troubling history of Afghanistan is a brilliant summary of a lesson drummed into me over four years living in Kabul – how devastating naivety and good intentions can be when untempered by humility, knowledge or at least a desire to learn.

Bitter Lake, which is available on iPlayer, begins with the dam projects of the 1950s that sought to remake southern Afghanistan in America’s image, looks at ill-fated Soviet efforts to transform the country, then returns to castigate Washington’s second attempt at social and economic engineering.

Read full review.