You are never going to see The Bush Years on FUX News. It is a balanced and fair look at George W. Bush, a man who even lied as to how he found Jesus. This fascinating documentary airs July 5th on CBC Newsworld at 10 P.M. If you like George Bush and feel he was been unmisunderstood, you are going to like this program. If George Bush is to you scarier than Stephen King’s best, you are going to like this program.
2 hours on George Bush and his presidency is a bit much, even for a solid documentary such as this one. A political junkie will recognize some oft told parts of this story. If you are going to tell a story, you should tell the whole story so this is what The Bush Years does. Something that makes this particular program stand above most is it features some of the former Presidents early cronies and they are not always most flattering about the 43rd President. Even information junkies will appreciate the depiction of the information bubble Dick Cheney built around George Bush in the White House.
The CBC documentary also has an in-depth look at the lies behind the war against Iraq. It is also quite an indictment against the hawks (Rumsfeld, Cheney, et al) in the Bush administration who could not see further than their own bloodlust.
This segment is followed by a short segment on Bush’s lack of response to Katrina.
Most damning in terms of the Bush legacy is the accounting done at the end of The Bush Years: the number of dead in Iraq, the number of wounded, and the financial destabilization of the U.S. economy.
The Bush Years is not a groundbreaking documentary but it is well made and interesting.