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The Surprising Gift of 'Zero Dark Thirty'

Chip. Wrote: Jan 18, 2013 1:48 AM
It seems none of the recent public soapbox fixtures ever bothered reading up on how prisoner interrogations were conducted, and how intelligence was gathered, during the days when we actually won the wars we fought. Which begs the question: WTF do they know?
Joseph1575 Wrote: Jan 18, 2013 3:04 AM
That's because they have no concept of what is required to actually fight a war. The US Armed Forces has not been "cut loose to fight a 'war'", since WWII.
barrym Wrote: Jan 18, 2013 8:41 AM
...and that's because congress has not declared war since WWII.
Fil-TX Wrote: Jan 18, 2013 10:38 AM
...Or it could be that congress wanted manage the hostilies rather than let the generals and the defense dept actually try to defeat our enemies.
Drifter33 Wrote: Jan 18, 2013 11:47 AM
...Or it could be that the Congress lacks the guts to act in any meaningful way--it might hurt one's re-election chances if one can't be seen to be on both sides of every issue, after all.

A formal declaration of war is unequivocal--a pasty, clammy-handed politician with an eye on a perpetual seat in the hall won't like to be forced into a binary decision.
t252 Wrote: Jan 18, 2013 9:52 PM
which is nonsense, whether congress declares or not, if we are fighting we are at war, and should treat it as such.

When it comes to Kathryn Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty,” there are two kinds of people-- those who have seen it and those who should.

Emerging from any theater afterward, there will be two kinds of people-- those who grasp that enhanced interrogations save lives, and those who do not.

As a longtime member of the first group, I was gratified to the point of surprise that a product out of Hollywood depicted our harshest interrogations without an accompanying ham-fisted condemnation.

But the even greater praise for “Zero Dark Thirty” is that nor does it grab you by the lapels and...