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'Zero Dark Thirty' Threatens the 'Bush-the-Incompetent' Narrative

Nikkofly Wrote: Feb 07, 2013 6:49 PM
Larry -- Another excellent editorial. If Hellyweed were required to be honest and forthcoming in their depictions of clandestine government conspiracies, both real and imagined, along with a country and its military while under conservative rule, they would never get anything else done. I think back to all the Hellyweed epics of famous gunslingers and murderers, and how they were made to look like victims of circumstance and otherwise good guys caught up in a bad situation -- all because the big name actor playing them couldn't be made to look like a cold-blooded killer. Wouldn't be good for their reputation or future box office success. "Artistic license" is a science in southern Cal. Especially when depicting conservatives in power.
In "Zero Dark Thirty," the movie about the killing of Osama bin Laden, one of the first scenes shows a terrorist being waterboarded, where useful information gets extracted. The movie thus asserts the controversial practice leads to actionable intelligence.

Not only was former President George W. Bush criticized for "authorizing torture," his critics argued that "torture doesn't work." During the 2008 presidential campaign, then-Sen. Barack Obama said: "Torture is how you get bad information, not good intelligence. ... No more secret authorization of methods like simulated drowning. When I am President, America will once again be the country that stands up...