Former Marine Captain Josh Rushing left the Marine Corps last year after fourteen years of active service. He joined the Corps at seventeen: "I joined because my father raised my sister and I that you have to serve your nation in some capacity as a teacher, military lawyer, or, I mean, a cop, fireman, whatever it is. For at least two years, you've gotta serve your nation."
Rushing unwittingly became the center of a controversy last year when the film CONTROL ROOM was released to the public at the Sundance Festival. Rushing appeared in his role as Central Commands military liaison to Al-Jazeera, the Arab-language television station often criticized by the U.S. government.
Based on his experience with Al-Jazeera during the early days of the war, Rushing warns that the network requires some cooperation from government sources: "The fodder that feeds the fires of 9/11 is the Arab perspective. There's no greater shaper that we have access to than Al-Jazeera. It's too important to ignore."
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