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Liars For Libel; Hollywood Still Badly Misses the Target

A new film is opening up this month, a little "make you think" piece directed by Robert Redford, whose ego demands he also show up in the film. "Lions for Lambs" is essentially three stories, ostensibly representing three different views of the war, not in Iraq but in Afghanistan. The first story examines the overview of the war, and contends that no one knows how to fight terrorism, which is a bald lie, but a convenient one for Redford, since it attempts to establish a moral equivalency between Left and Right; if no one has the right answer, no one can claim the other side is wrong, hmm?

The film is a clear bit of Democrat propaganda; a heroic and idealistic Liberal reporter (played by Streep) taking on the claims of a fairly bombastic Republican Senator (Cruise), and while on the face it appears that the debate is balanced, I found it biased, which is hardly surprising given the director, the screenplay, and the casting.

The second story is even more hard-Left, casting Redford as an idealistic university professor who worries that students simply do not care about the world in general, and it is somehow up to him to convince them, as the film's tagline goes, "If you don't stand for something, you might fall for anything", which in the context of the film never explores the possibility that the Left might be the side harboring the con men, but this is to be expected from Redford.

The third story pretends to be the 'conservative' side, focusing on two soldiers trying to stay alive while surrounded by Taliban forces in Afghanistan. Like so many offerings from Hollywood, the story presented is completely alien to actual events and true military doctrine used by U.S. forces, but then it would be stunning indeed for Hollywood to actually pay attention to what real troops really do, to examine the true tactics or listen to real accounts of battle in the present war. The truth, as always, is inconvenient for the Left, and so Redford uses nothing of the sort in his work.

This character of film-making is nothing surprising. Before this film, Redford's work included a disillusioned spy trainer in "Spy Game", a hacker working against both the NSA and the Mafia in "Sneakers", a soldier betrayed by a blundering government in "A Bridge Too Far", an idealistic reporter in "All The President's Men", and an innocent man being hunted down by the CIA in "Three Days of the Condor".

As for Meryl Streep, her history includes "Rendition", an already-infamous account of how Iran is good and Israel and the United States are bad bad bad, "The Machurian Candidate" (the 2004 remake) where conservatives brain-wash candidates and kill anyone trying to stop them, and of course "The Deer Hunter", where Vietnam Vets suffer horribly from trauma caused, you guessed it, by a callous U.S. government.

As for Tom Cruise, it's true he did "Top Gun" as a hot-shot Navy pilot, but he also did the "Mission Impossible" movies, where the U.S. government is always up to no good, "A Few Good Men", where he plays an idealistic Liberal attorney determined to prove that Marines abuse their recruits, and of course his early work in "Taps", playing a beserk Cadet Captain who kills dozens of people in a spree of blood lust. It is hardly coincidence that Redford loaded his film up with anti-American propagandists. It is fortunate in that respect, however, because the American public, contrary to Redford's "disappointment" in their standards, has a fairly good memory, and most of us are not willing to pay money to sit and see our nation and its leaders smeared with lies and insults. We can see that for free every night on network television, after all.


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Comments (35)

When the Hollywood writers ... (Below threshold)

When the Hollywood writers go on strike . . . will anyone notice?

When the Hollywood... (Below threshold)
jpm100:
When the Hollywood writers go on strike . . . will anyone notice?
They'll just recycling some Vietnam War Era scripts, which is what they've been doing all along anyway.
Hmmm! Should I spend eight ... (Below threshold)
Proof:

Hmmm! Should I spend eight bucks to go to the movies and have my intelligence insulted or just stay home? Tough decision!

You may as well just stay h... (Below threshold)
Master Shake:

You may as well just stay home. I'm sure some "progressives" will be along soon to insult our intelligence for free.

Nah, you insult your own i... (Below threshold)
JFO:

Nah, you insult your own intelligence enough.

Don't worry, JFO! Maybe som... (Below threshold)
Proof:

Don't worry, JFO! Maybe someday you'll have enough intelligence to insult!

DJ - I encourage all writer... (Below threshold)
jp2:

DJ - I encourage all writers who complain about Hollywood writers to write their own screenplay on the greatness of the war. I'd be interested reading a single scene you come up with.

Prolly best to stay away from the whole Tillman thing though.

jp2, just read a Milblog. Y... (Below threshold)
DJ Drummond:

jp2, just read a Milblog. You will find more compelling action and lessons there, than anything Hollywood has offered since Mr. Pyle wrote his dispatches.

In your case, I still doubt you could grasp the truth. Your BDS filters out anything cogent or consistent.

You forgot that Tom Cruise ... (Below threshold)
Baggi:

You forgot that Tom Cruise best liberal propoganda film, "Born on the Fourth of July"

Prior to 9-11, Muslim extre... (Below threshold)
drjohn:

Prior to 9-11, Muslim extremists were actually indentified as Muslim extemists- to wit: Siege and Executive Decision. Since 9-11 was perpetrated by Muslim extremists we can no longer identify Muslim extremists and the US itself has become the enemy.

What the hell?

These movies deserve to die and frankly, well, never mind.

Since 9-11 was per... (Below threshold)
Steve:
Since 9-11 was perpetrated by Muslim extremists we can no longer identify Muslim extremists and the US itself has become the enemy.

What the hell?


That's what happens when liberals decide things. And it's amusing getting national security lessons from Hollywood though. Kind of like getting grammar lessons from nogo.

Two washed up has beens and... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

Two washed up has beens and a certifiably insane cultist whacko get together to make a film, predictable script, acting and agitprop. I'm willing to bet its a box office flop.

I'm willing to bet its a... (Below threshold)
Proof:

I'm willing to bet its a box office flop.
Domestically! They'll probably clean up selling their un-American tripe in worldwide distribution!

You might be interested in ... (Below threshold)
Jeff:

You might be interested in the Wounded Warriors Project. It's a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness for U.S. troops severely wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan. It really puts a face on the cost of this conflict. Here's a link:

http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/aarwebshow

Thanks,
Jeff

JFO - "Mr. Pot, have you me... (Below threshold)
marc:

JFO - "Mr. Pot, have you met Mr. Kettle?"

"Nah, you insult your own intelligence enough." - As stated by JFO

Oh, I'm sorry, I see you already have!

And BTW JFO those are the E... (Below threshold)
marc:

And BTW JFO those are the Easy Bake Oven type of pots and kettles.

You aren't mentally old enough to rate playing with adult versions.

jp2:DJ - I enc... (Below threshold)
marc:

jp2:

DJ - I encourage all writers who complain about Hollywood writers to write their own screenplay on the greatness of the war. I'd be interested reading a single scene you come up with.

I'd encourage you jp2 to write anything other than cheap assed snide comments on other people's blogs.

Wizbang Blue beckons. Have some balls larger than a green pea for once and write something of substance.

"Ummmmm....er, well....gee.... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

"Ummmmm....er, well....gee....errrr.....Hey! I got it! At least Redford made "The Natural"!" I said, desperately grasping for straws.


Ah yes the ever vacuous Mar... (Below threshold)
JFO:

Ah yes the ever vacuous Marc critiquing substance - speaking of an empty mind offering empty thoughts about nothing. That's our Marc. And you have to admit that it is amusing to watch a bunch of wingnuts offer their critique of something that haven't seen and know nothing about. Oh, I forgot - that's what wingnuts do.

The first story examines... (Below threshold)

The first story examines the overview of the war, and contends that no one knows how to fight terrorism, which is a bald lie,

It is NOT a "bald lie."

Back in October 2003, Donald Rumsfeld sent a memo out to Gen. Dick Myers, Paul Wolfowitz, Gen. Pete Pace and Doug Feith. It addressed the WOT and had this pertinent question:


Today we lack metrics to know if we are winning or losing the global war on terror. Are we capturing, killing or deterring and dissuading more terrorists every day than the madrassas and the radical clerics are recruiting, training and deploying against us?

A Congressional Research Service report on 11/01/07 raises the same damn question:


More than six years after the terrorist attacks of 9/11, there are few agreed-upon criteria for measuring the success or failure of U.S. strategy or combating terrorism.
Therefore, while the Strategy can be analyzed, discussed and critiqued, its results and effectiveness are difficult to evaluate reliably. 11

11See CRS Report RL33160, Combating Terrorism: The Challenge of Measuring
Effectiveness, by Raphael F. Perl, March 12, 2007.

General Petraeus seems to k... (Below threshold)
DJ Drummond:

General Petraeus seems to know what to do ...

Yeah, and isn't he just LOV... (Below threshold)

Yeah, and isn't he just LOVED by the MoveOn crowd because he's got a clue?

Far better to lose than win - if we lose then the left can justify their hatred whereas if we win, non-leftist folk might actually feel that ridiculous and obsolete feeling of patriotism and not listen to those who would be our 'betters' when they tell us how we must be like Eurpope.

Unfortunately when you hear... (Below threshold)
ODA315:

Unfortunately when you hear Gen. Patraeus speak you have to suspend disbelief. /sarc off

The movie's web snare is as... (Below threshold)
epador:

The movie's web snare is as convoluted as the pretzel logic holding the plot lines together. Icky. Don't go there, it will cause your head to explode. I'm still cleaning up the mess on my desk, and its a good thing a new head grows back quickly.

I can't wait to see what Ho... (Below threshold)
Elroy Jetson:

I can't wait to see what Hollyweird has in store for us in the weeks leading up to the Presidential election. And I'm sure some of their new releases in the late summer/early fall of '08 will make Rendition look like a box office smash in comparision.
If Hollyweird makes an anti-American movie and nobody goes to watch it, was it ever made at all?

JFO, I read all the comment... (Below threshold)

JFO, I read all the comments right up to yours where you said, "And you have to admit that it is amusing to watch a bunch of wingnuts offer their critique of something that(sic) haven't seen and know nothing about," and it seems to me that the only one offering a critique of the movie is DJ.

You used to come in here regularly to offer your critique of things you knew little about. Now you just do an occasional drive-by with the invariable "wingnuts!" thrown in there.

Hollywood offers fantasy. It's what they do. Every now and then they try to tell us it's real. But you go watch it and wrap yourself up in what ever fantasy it offers you. Enjoy!

OysterOnly the sex... (Below threshold)
JFO:

Oyster

Only the sexy scenes.

Does JFO love setting up an... (Below threshold)
epador:

Does JFO love setting up another diverting series of JFO jokes-on-you comments or what?

DJ wrote-"a soldie... (Below threshold)

DJ wrote-

"a soldier betrayed by a blundering government in "A Bridge Too Far",

Are you sure we watched the same movie? It can be said poor planning, intelligence and equipment failures, and bad luck led to Market Garden's defeat, but that was mostly the work of the British Military not the government

Bill

PS- I've read the book A Bridge too far, plus all 3 volumes of Field Marshall Montgomery life as written by Nigel Hamilton. Got all four books on my shelf here in Florida.

As usial the hollywood left... (Below threshold)
Spurwing Plover:

As usial the hollywood left are the biggist supporters and freinds of terrorists and its too bad about robert REDford he has become to liberal and too left wing and so has TOMMY CRUISE

Steve j"The fir... (Below threshold)
914:

Steve j

"The first story is an overview of the war, and contend's that no one know's how to fight terrorism, which is a bald lie."

"It is not a "bald lie"

Then You go on to quote Rumsfeld as if He's the end all and be all of fighting terrorism?

Rumsfeld's quote's say nothing about not knowing how to fight terrorism but rather how effective their current strategy was at the time..

Simply killing them first is an effective and proven way to defeat terrorist's/terrorism..

I think there are million's of us that realize this!

"Before this film, Redfo... (Below threshold)
Herman:

"Before this film, Redford's work included ... an idealistic reporter in 'All The President's Men'..." -- DJ Drummond

An idealistic reporter who took down a corrupt Republican presidential administration. Damn, we sure could use one of those again.

"Are you sure we watched th... (Below threshold)
Herman:

"Are you sure we watched the same movie? It can be said poor planning, intelligence and equipment failures, and bad luck led to Market Garden's defeat, but that was mostly the work of the British Military not the government" -- Bill

Yeah, I wondered myself why DJ wrote what he did. If I recall correctly, the British command in charge of the operation was stubbornly unwilling to adjust or cancel plans based on Dutch Underground reports of German troop strength and movements, the Allies lacked a certain degree of creative flexibility (ferries could have possibly been used instead of that blasted Bridge), and there was a substantial amount of just plain bad luck.

I see that the liberals are... (Below threshold)
Spurwing Plover:

I see that the liberals are already gushing their praises for this filmatic peice of crap and frankly i,ll never ever again watch another ROBERT REDFORD,TOM CRUISE movie again
depp=true

Herman,You're righ... (Below threshold)

Herman,

You're right and if DJ meant the military rather than the goverment, how is that liberal bias. The British military did blunder with the Market Garden operation.




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