Director Charles Ferguson's hard-hitting documentary expose about the American government's strategic planning, or lack of it, at the outset of the Iraq war, as told by those who were involved. In a frightening parallel with the Vietnam war, American military planners expected hostilities in Iraq to be over within a few months. Just as with Vietnam, however, American forces quickly became engaged in a morale-sapping conflict, under attack from both sides, that offered no easy way out. Chronologically following the chain of events, the film dissects the decisions made by the Bush administration at the outset of the war, questioning why these decisions were made, and asking whether anything can still be done to remedy the situation. Those involved in all areas of the conflict: soldiers, planners, reporters, White House aides and military commanders all give their own personal accounts of the decisions and events that led to the current situation.