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Posted October 1, 2010
For Dopes Only
Shallow, despite the hugely encompassing title, but at least a thorough examination of corporate influence upon the US military and its motives. This film is confined to post-WWII, although fighting has gone on a tad longer, and it does not explore an ounce of the psychology behind it, only recent propoganda. Unfortunately, the film itself propogandizes and, thus, castrates some of its own validity. One main fault is moving straight to Iraq War lies from 9/11 in order to prove the point that the administration went to war unjustly--which utterly skips the inconvenient contradiction to this idea that Afghanistan was and still is supported as a just conflict. The other main fault is interviewing uneducated dupes--a parent of a 9/11 victim who fell for the administration's WMD excuse in his unhealthy need for revenge. A military analyst who, despite a library of books on the subject and in the face of history, actually never thought a government could lie. And then there's simple and insulting anti-lie lies, particularly the exaggerated use of the word dominance. Gore Vidal describes the US' post-WWII situation as "dominating" the globe when the USSR was never dominated. The administration's pre-Iraq War message described as dominating all discussion in the media--there was plenty of opposition voiced. And be ready to be insulted by the exaggeration that we believe guided bombs prevent civillian casualties. Do you honestly know anyone who believes that? But, despite the innate sarcasm (interludes mocking military supporters with happy jazz music--been done 1,000 times), there are solid lessons for kids about how Washington doesn't work. There are much healthier books on the subject of war.
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