Brent Bozell
In the era of "warmonger" Republicans in the White House, the Toronto International Film Festival would have been fertile ground for bold, outspoken "dissent" from actors against war in the Middle East. Now with Obama on the brink of missile attacks in Syria, you would expect the same agitation, but this time coupled with a dash of betrayal.

Instead, the Hollywood Reporter found nothing there but an icy pile of "no comments" from more than a dozen celebs, including Susan Sarandon, Josh Brolin, Penn Jillette and Tim Robbins.

For divorced Sarandon and Robbins, left-wing rabble-rousing against the Pentagon was too reminiscent of "The Way We Were." It's the Obama era; the government now can do no wrong.

Meryl Streep skipped the Toronto swirl, so what might she have said? Push the replay button on her remarks about Bush and Iraq at a 2004 Kerry-Edwards fundraiser: "I wondered to myself during 'Shock and Awe,' I wondered which of the megaton bombs Jesus, our president's personal savior, would have personally dropped on the sleeping families of Baghdad?"

Not in your wildest dreams would this lady say that about this president. Since Obama's version of Christianity came from a preacher who thought we deserved 9/11 and yelled "God damn America," he's spared this kind of movie-star character assassination.

Ed Asner didn't mince words when he told the Hollywood Reporter that celebrities won't be mobilizing against any Obama wars: "A lot of people don't want to feel anti-black by being opposed to Obama." People in Tinseltown watch a little too much MSNBC.

Asner sounded very cynical. "It will be a done deal before Hollywood is mobilized. This country will either bomb the hell out of Syria or not before Hollywood gets off its ass." He doesn't even think clogging the town square in protest accomplishes anything any more: "We had a million people in the streets, for Christ's sake, protesting Iraq, which was about as illegal as you could find. Did it matter? Is George Bush being tried in the high courts of justice?"

The Left used to want the president and his national-security minions frog-marched to court and tried as war criminals. But with the Hope and Change President running the wars, even the "idealistic" folks in Hollywood are running for the tall grass.

Where is Sean Penn? Crickets. Where is the Sean Penn movie where he stars as the idealistic lefty like Joe Wilson who exposes the corruption of a war-mongering president? Silence.

Brent Bozell

Founder and President of the Media Research Center, Brent Bozell runs the largest media watchdog organization in America.
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