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Ian Scott and Henry Thompson

reconstruction debacle that unfolded in Iraq after the fall of Saddam Hussein. Through it all, Bush had retained the presidency in 2004. However, when domestic Wa r controversy intervened –​namely the sluggish, some said absent, reaction to Hurricane Katrina in August 2005, which destroyed large swathes of New Orleans and Louisiana –​Bush’s approval ratings plummeted in his second term, driven further down by the insurgency in Iraq that made the US mission anything but accomplished from 2005 to 2008. In the midst of the administration’s decline, in April 2007, a draft

in The cinema of Oliver Stone
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Ian Scott and Henry Thompson

homosexuality a bedrock of conservative reactionary thought in the 2000s. Stone’s film no doubt felt some of the effects of that reaction, as its publicity took a hold. Alexander also reflected on the invasion of Iraq. WMDs had failed to materialise, and insurgency followed initial military successes as the more difficult ‘rebuilding’ of Iraq commenced and quickly stalled. By May 2004 the New York Times was questioning its earlier supportive coverage of the administration and belief in assertions about the presence of WMDs, although the paper remained cautious about returning

in The cinema of Oliver Stone