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The Fault Line: Bush, Blair and Iraq

The Fault Line: Bush, Blair and Iraq

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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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4. The Alpha Dog

4. The Alpha Dog

2020-10-2046:353

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. A Somethin' Else Production.
3: Shoulder To Shoulder

3: Shoulder To Shoulder

2020-10-1348:436

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. A Somethin' Else Production.
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. A Somethin' Else Production.
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. A Somethin' Else Production.
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...... This is a Somethin' Else production.
Comments (7)

ratchet2505

They didn't have a clue to what they were even deiciding on! This sieres is amazing! 👌

Oct 17th
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Mark Hendry

this is an incredible podcast series - vintage Dimbleby- fascinating

Oct 13th
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ratchet2505

Amazing podcast episode but man it hurts, it's like watching a very slow motion car crash with everyone inside being completely hammered!

Oct 13th
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Br0wnie

Fascinating story of political history prior to my passion in politics. I highly commend to all!

Oct 10th
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Douglas Priestman

Dimbleby at his best! Like a hungry wolf The Fault Line grips you from the start and won't let go. The waiting a week for the next episode feels like a lifetime!!

Oct 8th
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Chanaka Hettige

Me, a 10 or 11 year old, 15 000 km away from United States, counting down with my friends in the middle of the school time in Sri Lanka and saying "Okay, if he didn't surrendered, US must have invaded Iraq by now. Deadline is up." Knew how this was based on lies and cover ups, even back then. When I was barely a decade old. So it's good to listen to all the fine points on the truth. Brilliant work so far!

Oct 7th
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ratchet2505

Amazing, thank you 👍

Sep 30th
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