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Supplement to GEN Petraeus Testimony to the United States Congress (VIDEO)

Via Matt Burden at Blackfive, JD Johannes (whom you should remember from this post) has supplied us with videos of the Anbar Awakening, which will supplement the testimony that GEN Petraeus will give to the United States Congress today. Well, in a sane world, these videos would be seen leading off every newscast across the nation and the world to supplement the coverage of GEN Petraeus’ testimony. Alas, it is up to us to promote JD Johannes’ videos to get out the facts and context that the mass media and our politicians will undoubtedly leave out in their own so-called reporting.

JD Johannes at Outside the Wire: Petraeus Testimony: My Video Supplement

General David Petraeus will be testifying before Congress today about the effects of the troop surge.

To give the public and interested parties a more tangible view of the effects of the troop surge, I have condensed one of my documentaries, ‘Anbar Awakens‘ and placed it on YouTube. You can watch it below in two parts.

The first steps of the Anbar Awakening preceded the troop surge by several months, but without the surge it is unlikely it would have held firm and expanded.

More importantly, the success of the Awakening combined with the troop surge to spread concerned citizens groups and neighborhood watch groups through large swaths of Iraq.

The condensed version of my documentary will hopefully give a deeper understanding to some parts of General Petraeus’ testimony.

Some who probably still doubt the existence of the Awakening will say this was shot in a back lot in Morrocco, but they will say and do anything to force a defeat in order to maintain their identity–and that is most pernicious form of identity politics.

The full version of this documentary and two others showing the surge from the ground level are available here on DVD.

HERE and HERE are links to his YouTube videos he has posted at his site. But be sure to go visit his site to watch them and read his commentary. And be sure to check out the rest of his site and possibly, if you can afford it, purchase one of his documentary DVDs.

Matt has also posted the transcript of GEN Petraeus’ prepared statements for the United States Congress: General Petraeus Opening Statements

April 8, 2008 , 11:20AM Posted by | al Qaeda, Embed Bloggers, General David Petraeus, Iraq, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Outside the Wire, Terrorism, The Long War, US Military, War Effort in Iraq | Comments Off on Supplement to GEN Petraeus Testimony to the United States Congress (VIDEO)

JD Johannes’ Iraq Documentary: Outside the Wire

A way to stick our finger in the eye of Hollywood and respond to their seemingly unending release of anti-American military and anti-Iraq war effort propaganda movies. Please promote JD Johannes’ Iraq documentary and help others get the full perspective of what our men and women of the United States military are accomplishing in Iraq that the mass media and the politicians refuse to tell us.

J.D. Johannes (via Dirty Harry at LIBERTAS): Beating Hollywood

This blog from brings up some interesting points about the performance of anti-war films.

People often complain about Hollywood’s leftward tilt when it comes to Iraq, but few do anything pro-active about it.

I am trying to do something about it.

I have nearly died a few times trying to do something about it.

Hollywood and the entertainment industry is a business focused on the bottom line. If people want Hollywood to produce a pro-victory film, or a pro-troop television series, they will have to demonstrate that it is economically viable. Most of the anti-war films have taken a beating at the box office.

Brian DePalma’s ’Redacted’ grossed $65,388, but cost $5million to make and ’Home of the Brave’ only brought in $51,708 domestically.

To put that in perspective, I made my documentaries for under $60,000 — that is the trip to Iraq and editing, audio studio, music, digital animations, etc., EVERYTHING.

To beat ’Redacted’s’ box office gross, takes the sale of 2,900 DVDs. Just 2,900 DVDs sold.

To demonstrate to Hollywood and the cable TV networks that a pro-victory documentary is viable, I need to sell 2,900 in 6 weeks.

2,900 total DVDs. It doesn’t matter if it is 2,000 individual episodes and 900 of the double-disc trilogy.

2,900 DVDs sold pokes Hollywood in the eye and shows that a pro-victory documentary can beat the studios.

Are you willing to prove to Hollywood that a pro-victory documentary is viable?

Are you willing to take on Hollywood and do something about the ongoing flood of anti-war propaganda films?

If you are, here is what you can do:

If you can afford to, buy a DVD.
If you are a blogger, blog about the movie.
If you are a radio show host, talk about the movie.
If you listen to local talk shows, call up and tell the screener/producer about the movie. (I already do a lot of shows, but there is no such thing as too many shows.)
If you are a blog reader, email your favorite bloggers about the movie. Or, email your favorite columnist/reporter about the movie.

My advertising budget is $0. We’ve already ran out of money twice while making the movie.

I depend on the kindness of others to help promote the movie.

I am asking for your help. I can make a movie, but it takes people like you to spread the word so people know it exists.

So, do you want to take on Hollywood? Do you want to poke Hollywood in the eye?

The Outside the Wire Project would not exist without the support of our generous patrons. Freedom isn’t free, and neither is traveling to Iraq to show a different side of the War on Terror.

Please help support Outside the Wire by purchasing a DVD !

April 3, 2008 , 10:57AM Posted by | Iraq, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Outside the Wire, US Military, War Effort in Iraq | Comments Off on JD Johannes’ Iraq Documentary: Outside the Wire