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"History Lesson"

========BEGINNING OF FIRST SEGMENT========
BLACK SCREEN:
(continues a few seconds after VOICE OVER begins)

BACKGROUND MUSIC
Upbeat music - faintly PATRIOTIC but not overtly so...

VOICE OVER:
  "In the early 1960's, the GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA knowingly used MISLEADING STATEMENTS and then later blamed FAULTY C.I.A. INTELLIGENCE in an effort to pursuade the AMERICAN PEOPLE to support the war in VIETNAM."  

FADE IN with...

SLIDESHOW IMAGES from VIETNAM ERA:

Fresh faced soldiers...
Early U.S. military action...
Vietnamese workers in rice paddys...
Village market scenes and children playing...

But, as the VOICE OVER continues and the IMAGES PROGRESS, the SLIDESHOW IMAGES and BACKGROUND MUSIC become MORE AND MORE DISTURBING.

V.O (CONTINUES):
  "Initially CONGRESS and the AMERICAN PEOPLE enthusiastically supported our efforts in Vietnam. Thousands of men and women ENLISTED to help fight and win the conflict. The DRAFT BOARD would eventually enlist several thousands more..."  

SLIDESHOW IMAGES
are still fairly UPBEAT but...

BACKGROUND MUSIC
is becoming slightly MORE OMINOUS...

V.O (CONTINUES):
  (slight pause here as the BACKGROUND MUSIC becomes more disturbing)

"But it became increasingly clear that the United States was involved in what would later be called a "QUAGMIRE".

Tens of thousands of Americans LOST THEIR LIVES along with MILLIONS of Vietnamese.
 

SLIDESHOW IMAGES
(Suddenly these are NOW DISTURBING)

FLAG DRAPED COFFINS returning home...
ROWS AND ROWS OF GRAVES at ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETARY...

V.O (CONTINUES):
  Bitter allegations began to surface surface here at home of TERRIBLE ATROCITIES committed by our own soldiers...
(SLIGHT PAUSE)
Sadly, MANY OF THESE ALLEGATIONS were later PROVEN TO BE TRUE.
 

SLIDESHOW IMAGES

MY LAI MASSACRE and LT CALLEY testifying... NEWSPAPER HEADLINEs about the TIGER FORCE...

V.O (CONTINUES):
  "Many of those that had initially supported our country's involvement in the VIETNAM WAR realized that they had been LIED TO by our GOVERNMENT and that the TRUE REASONS for the conflict in VIETNAM had very little to do with supporting DEMOCRACY and much more to do with supporting CORPORATE INTERESTS."  

FINAL SLIDESHOW SCENES

NAKED CHILD fleeing NAPALM attack...
VIET CONG PRISONER EXECUTED in the street...
KENT STATE MASSACRE...
 

FADE TO BLACK

========END OF FIRST SEGMENT========

BACKGROUND SOUND: VIDEO TAPE ON FAST REWIND

VIDEO IMAGES: VIDEO TAPE BEING REWOUND

========BEGINNING OF SECOND SEGMENT========

BACKGROUND MUSIC
Upbeat music - faintly PATRIOTIC but not overtly so...

VOICE OVER:
  "In the 2003 the GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA knowingly used MISLEADING STATEMENTS and then later blamed FAULTY C.I.A. INTELLIGENCE in an effort to pursuade the AMERICAN PEOPLE to support the war in IRAQ."  

FADE IN with...

SLIDESHOW IMAGES from the leadup to war with IRAQ:

State of the Union speech...
Colin Powell before U.N...
Fresh faced soldiers...
Early U.S. military action...
Iraqi people in cities...
Scenes with children playing...

But, as the VOICE OVER continues and the IMAGES PROGRESS, the SLIDESHOW IMAGES and BACKGROUND MUSIC become MORE AND MORE DISTURBING. WOUNDED CHILDREN...
COMBAT SCENES...

V.O (CONTINUES):
  "Initially CONGRESS and the AMERICAN PEOPLE enthusiastically supported our efforts in Iraq. Thousands of men and women ENLISTED to help fight and win the conflict. Thousands were called up from the reserves and national guard. There was even some talk about restarting the DRAFT, in case we needed to enlist more troops in the fight..."  

SLIDESHOW IMAGES
are still fairly UPBEAT but...

BACKGROUND MUSIC
is becoming slightly MORE OMINOUS...

V.O (CONTINUES):
  (slight pause here as the BACKGROUND MUSIC becomes more disturbing)

"But it has become increasingly clear that the United States was not prepared for the resistance we would face. Some people are beginning to call our war in Iraq a "QUAGMIRE".

Over a thousand American soldiers and contractors have LOST THEIR LIVES along with TENS OF THOUSANDS of Iraqi citizens.
 

SLIDESHOW IMAGES
(Suddenly these are NOW DISTURBING)

SHOCK AND AWE...
Iraqi mothers crying...
FLAG DRAPED COFFINS returning home...
ROWS AND ROWS OF GRAVES at ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETARY...

V.O (CONTINUES):
  Bitter allegations have begun to surface surface here at home of TERRIBLE ATROCITIES committed by our own soldiers...
(SLIGHT PAUSE)
Sadly, MANY OF THESE ALLEGATIONS ARE TRUE.
 

SLIDESHOW IMAGES

ABU GHRAIB prison torture...
Headlines about 'DAMAGE INCORPORATED'...
Other scenes?...

V.O (CONTINUES):
  "Many of those that had initially supported our country's involvement in the IRAQ WAR realized that they had been LIED TO by our GOVERNMENT and that the TRUE REASONS for the conflict in IRAQ had very little to do with DEFEATING TERRORISM and much more to do with supporting CORPORATE INTERESTS."  

FINAL SLIDESHOW SCENES

HEADLINE: "OSAMA BIN LADEN STILL AT LARGE?"...
ENRON LOGO and chart showing STOCK MARKET...
DICK CHENEY AND INDICTED EXECUTIVE photo op...
 

FADE TO BLACK

========END OF SECOND SEGMENT========
As the SECOND SEGMENT ENDS, the camera PULLS BACK to reveal that this movie has been PLAYING ON A CLASSROOM TV SET and we realize this has been some sort of history lesson. The teacher tells her class that it's important to LEARN FROM HISTORY because "those that don't learn from history are doomed to repeat it". She says this as though the kids lives somehow DEPENDED ON IT which should seem a bit strange given the idyllic setting. The camera THEN CONTINUES to PULL BACK and we see a SMALL KID, obviously NOT PAYING ATTENTION. He's playing with a "DUBYA" ACTION FIGURE DOLL. The CLOSING SHOT is of the TEACHER calling the child's name and ROLLING HER EYES. TEACHER: "George? George? Are you paying attention?" IMPORTANT NOTES: Senator Kerry, initially supported U.S. involvement Vietnam, he enlisted and fought bravely for our country. But then he came back home to tell people a first hand account that the war had been a terrible mistake and that it was time to recognize that hard truth. The overall concept here is the create a FLASH MOVIE and supporting website that can be widely distributed FOR FREE via the internet and emails. The goal is to TEACH VOTERS that vietnam was a BAD IDEA (not a good one) and that sticking with a BAD IDEA based on lies and crummy CIA intelligence is not LEADERSHIP. It's STUPID.

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