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    Hollywood’s Weapon of Matt Destruction

    By Kyle | March 3, 2010

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    I can’t believe what I just saw, so I’ll think about it some more before I go into detail. But if I were the kind of excitable guy who believes in boycotts, I’d say “Boycott NBC-Universal” for its appalling new anti-American flick “Green Zone,” an absurdly awful would-be actioner that stars Matt Damon as a US warrant officer in 2003 Baghdad.

    I would never have accused director Paul Greengrass, who made the astonishingly powerful “United 93,” of being simplistic. But he has made a $100 million war film in which American troops are the bad guys. There are moments that we’re supposed to cheer because our soldiers are getting shot down- but it’s okay because they’re evildoers at worst or stooges at best who are trying to kill the one guy in the country who can prevent an insurgency from taking root. The movie also makes it look as though the flawed intelligence about the war was traceable to a single smarmy jackass (played by Greg Kinnear) working in Pentagon intel who fabricated WMD intelligence, said it came from a mysterious source (a general in Saddam’s army code-named “Magellan”), planted that intel with a Judith Miller-like reporter (Amy Ryan — who, hilariously, is shown working for The Wall Street Journal rather than The New York Times because Hollywood liberals can’t accept that The Times ever gets anything wrong) and then, when his ruse began to be suspected, sent his henchmen out to kill the general, who was willing to deal with the Americans but who vowed to launch an insurgency campaign if the Americans didn’t live up to their promises. In other words, the U.S. wasn’t merely incompetent — it caused the insurgency to occur.

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    60 Responses to “Hollywood’s Weapon of Matt Destruction”

    1. K Says:
      March 4th, 2010 at 12:02 am

      Hollywood as the abusive spouse. Taking out it’s anger and political frustration on the American public.

      Funded, of course, by the lucrative foreign market for Anti-American pron.

    2. Weir Says:
      March 4th, 2010 at 5:08 am

      Imagine if Matt Damon just hated cheese. So he makes a movie about how cheese is made of rocks, and the rocks are mined by slaves, and the slaves are the peaceful people of the planet Blarg. A pretty persuasive argument, he thinks, against eating cheese.

    3. Bugg Says:
      March 4th, 2010 at 7:38 am

      Hard to take Matt Damon seriously after his puppet stole the show in “America World Police”. But keep sinking money itno his movies. $100 million on this sounds like a great investment if you’re looking to lose money.

      Saw “Good Will Hunting” a few weeks back, and it doesn’t hold up at all. One thing I hadn’t noticed before was the utter contempt it has for working class people.And also hadn’t noticed the huge flaw in the logic-does Damon work as an MIT janitor, or does he work in the quarry/junkyard with Ben Affleck? Affleck gives this big speech how that some morning when he comes to pick up for work Damon he hopes he isn’t there, but the whole story is based on Damon being a white trash savant janitor at MIT. Yet Affleck is the sleaziest guy in the whole movie. Suspect it was so lauded because they got Robin Williams to stop being manic for 90+ minutes.

    4. susan Says:
      March 4th, 2010 at 8:58 am

      Hollywood; the most horrific polluter on planet Earth.

      Unfortunately, as long as Americans continue eating up Hollywood’s nasty crap then Hollywood will continue to shove their craps in America faces.

      Only doo-doo faces buy Hollywood’s crap.

    5. MattisGOD Says:
      March 4th, 2010 at 8:59 am

      So all movies should be flag waiving pro USA it does no wrong…. all the time? Movies would be much worse under the one narrow minded view which conservatives seem to want to view the world.

      Oh and its only a movie, dont get out the pichforks…

    6. MattisGOD Says:
      March 4th, 2010 at 8:59 am

      So all movies should be flag waiving pro USA it does no wrong…. all the time? Movies would be much worse under the one narrow minded view which conservatives seem to want to view the world.

      Oh and its only a movie, dont get out the pichforks.

    7. MattisGOD Says:
      March 4th, 2010 at 9:00 am

      So all movies should be flag waiving pro USA it does no wrong… all the time? Movies would be much worse under the one narrow minded view which conservatives seem to want to view the world.

      Oh and its only a movie, dont get out the pichforks.

    8. MattisGOD Says:
      March 4th, 2010 at 9:04 am

      So all movies should be flag waiving pro USA it does no wrong, all the time?

      Movies would be much worse under the one narrow minded view which puritan conservatives seem to want to view the world (No movie of dinosaurs and humans holding hands/claws circa 6000BC pls).

      Oh and its only a movie, dont get out the pichforks.

    9. Greg Toombs Says:
      March 4th, 2010 at 10:22 am

      “I would never have accused director Paul Greengrass, who made the astonishingly powerful “United 93,” of being simplistic. But he has made a $100 million war film in which American troops are the bad guys.”

      Behold the power of NUANCE.

    10. SteveC Says:
      March 4th, 2010 at 10:39 am

      @MattisGOD,

      Agreed! I’m sick and tired of seeing all these movies made by puritan conservatives. Can’t Hollywood make just ONE movie about gay cowboys defending peace-loving Al Qaeda members who are only trying to save the world from the global warming wrought by greedy capitalist Jewish bankers controlled by Karl Rove? Instead, Hollywood just churns out one pro-American, anti-abortion, founding fathers homage after another.

      I mean, where’s the balance?

    11. Robert P. Says:
      March 4th, 2010 at 10:59 am

      RE: Bugg

      If memory serves, Will Hunting was a janitor at MIT, but gets fired in the middle of the film for going to jail and defacing the professor’s blackboard.

      Chucky (Affleck) gets him a job at the construction site.

      The film is not “based on Damon being a white trash savant janitor at MIT”, it was about Damon as a genius who is working a normal job instead of using his extraordinary talents.

      As for your accusation of “contempt for the working man”, Damon very specifically has a scene (I believe more than one) where he tells his therapist Wililams “What’s wrong with being a mechanic, what’s wrong with laying brick?” to which Wililams replied “Hey, my father laid brick, alright? He busted his ass so I can have an education.” Damon’s character sees nothing wrong with having a “normal” working class job. In fact, his desire to have one so much is what drives the plot.

      In no way does it look down on the working class, it just suggests that someone with the uber-special intelligence of Will Hunting should aspire for something higher.

      However, I will give you that it’s a minor miracle Williams isn’t the mumbling, mile-a-minute jerkoff in this film that he is in real life.

    12. Harold N Says:
      March 4th, 2010 at 11:49 am

      This movie couldn’t possibly be more anti-American and anti-military than
      Avatar, which has made billions of dollars for a certain Australian smut-peddler and his entertainment conglomerate. The same cynical conglomerate that manages to profit from
      both Bill O’Reilly’s “culture war” and
      the perversions of Seth McFarlane.

    13. David Says:
      March 4th, 2010 at 12:08 pm

      to MattisGOD

      “So all movies should be flag waiving pro USA it does no wrong, all the time?”

      No, how about just one. In the last several years all we have gotten are movies about how bad we are, how evil the military is, and how Bush and Cheney are the real terrorists. In 8+ years of war there hasn’t been one act of heroism, one good story that shows the every day people who server as soldiers acting bravely and doing something right? It doesn’t seem to matter that every movie they make with this “America is really the bad guy” theme bombs at the box office. Perhaps it is more about ideology and less about a profitable movie?

    14. Ben Says:
      March 4th, 2010 at 12:12 pm

      harold n=matt damon

    15. Amanda Says:
      March 4th, 2010 at 12:23 pm

      You may not like the movie, but to say it trashes the troops is just wrong. If you had done ANY research what so ever you would know that almost all of the “soldiers” in the movie are played by actual soldiers who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan. They knew what the movie was about and all agreed to be in it.

    16. Bill Says:
      March 4th, 2010 at 12:26 pm

      I hope it tanks. I have no need to see liberal, hate America movies or TV shows. How you like them apples Matt?

      “Time to Nuc the Gay Whales!”

    17. MightySkip Says:
      March 4th, 2010 at 12:31 pm

      @SteveC

      +1

    18. Robert P. Says:
      March 4th, 2010 at 12:42 pm

      RE: Harold

      I have a question about Avatar. Aren’t the soldiers in Avatar specifically referred to as mercenaries who are there for a paycheck and NOT the United States army?

      I’ve heard this argument for a while. Am I wrong here? I saw the film twice and never remember hearing them referred to as the United States armed forces.

    19. Harold N Says:
      March 4th, 2010 at 12:53 pm

      There’s some question as to whether the
      soldiers are American military or American Blackwater-style mercenaries. It doesn’t change the fact that the movie’s politics and message are left-wing and anti-American. Noam Chomsky could not have written a more left-wing script. The irony, of course, is that the flag-wavers at Fox News have been
      silent about this particular “Hollywood”
      product.

    20. BennyFrank Says:
      March 4th, 2010 at 1:20 pm

      Harold, I see you use “flag-waving” as an insult. Is it a bad thing to be patriotic? To love your country?

    21. Afghanvet Says:
      March 4th, 2010 at 1:35 pm

      Does not matter…US military or former US Military (just in case you did not know, Blackwater does not hire ACORN activists and veterans of the Whale Wars, it hires former US Military personnel), the same individuals are being smeared.

    22. 12-String Infidel Says:
      March 4th, 2010 at 1:46 pm

      I first became aware that Damon was an imbecile when his character started quoting Howard Zinn as “proof” of his intellectual bonafides in ‘Good Will Hunting’. I’d like to see him dealt with as he was in ‘Team America: World Police’…send in the panthers!

    23. GalPal Says:
      March 4th, 2010 at 1:49 pm

      It’s our military that allows us to have our freedom. Why these idiots are allowed to make trash like this and have the guts to call it entertainment is beyond me. The military should boycott all of their films to see how they feel to be placed in such a light. God bless our military and thank you for your sacrifices that you make on a daily basis.

    24. Dukka Says:
      March 4th, 2010 at 1:50 pm

      Bring back Team America!!!!!

    25. Shing Says:
      March 4th, 2010 at 2:12 pm

      Robert C = my new blog comment hero!

    26. B. Samuel Davis Says:
      March 4th, 2010 at 2:15 pm

      As long as there are peopple willing to watch this dreck, Hollywood will keep churning it out. Maybe some smart producer will make movies for the 60% (180 million) people who call themselves conservatives. Maybe the conservatives will get smart and avoid Hollywood films altogether - which is what we do. We also avoid ALL mainstream media - way too aggravating to read the same lies over and over again.
      BTW can you imagine what would happen if a former Republican President was caught cheating on his wife? Yet that’s precisely what’s going on - again - with Bill Clinton. It’s in the book on the McCain campaign, and its here:

      http://www.nationalenquirer.com/celebrity/64991

      How is it that the media simply ignores this stuff - even conservative media doesn’t report on it. What’s going on???

    27. GRIZZ Says:
      March 4th, 2010 at 2:59 pm

      He was great in “The Departed”.I loved the part where he gets shot in the face

    28. simon Says:
      March 4th, 2010 at 3:21 pm

      don’t let any facts interupt the ” bush lied / no wmds” plot line…

      http://www.amazon.ca/Bomb-My-Garden-Secrets-Mastermind/dp/0471679658

    29. Synova Says:
      March 4th, 2010 at 3:39 pm

      In no way does it look down on the working class, it just suggests that someone with the uber-special intelligence of Will Hunting should aspire for something higher.

      Simply using the term “higher” in context implies looking down. Can’t get away from that assumption that there is a hierarchy of aspirations and that some are better or more appropriate than others based on something other than “what I most prefer to do with my time just because I like it.”

      As for Green Zone… I hesitate to assume that American or US military villains equates to an over-all negative message. It might not do so if the heroes are also American or military. Good guys doing evil that they recognize on the basis of following orders is worse than having individuals who have evil motivations in those organizations because it wrongly slanders everyone by showing them refusing to stand up for what is right. So if the movie did that then I’d agree. In general, though, a skillful writer can avoid those traps.

      If we take this to “real life”… recall Beauchamp and the “true” articles he wrote about Iraq. Remember the ones? Laughing at a scarred woman and playing with a child’s bones and running over a dog? What blew the BS alarms wasn’t that a soldier might be cruel or stupid, but that these events were taking place in an environment where there were not consequences for disrespecting someone maimed in the war, defiling human remains, or getting dog guts caught in the treads of your vehicle. Which had those with military experience calling BS and those who have a certain other impression of the military saying “finally, someone is telling it like it is.”

      I think it’s very much the same in movies. It’s not the events but it’s the context in which they happen that makes something pro or anti military or America.

    30. MCGIRGV Says:
      March 4th, 2010 at 3:44 pm

      Damon a little commie!

    31. SpideyTerry Says:
      March 4th, 2010 at 3:51 pm

      Matt Damon in a crappy, blatantly anti-American and anti-military movie? I’m shocked - shocked I tell you!

      Man, that “Team America” portrayal of him gets more and more accurate every day.

    32. Jimmy G Says:
      March 4th, 2010 at 4:34 pm

      RE: Robert P.

      Wow Robert… you’d have to be completely blind or just clueless not to see the symbolic connection between the Mercs and The US military or indeed the military in general. Its so obvious its not even worth explaining.

    33. Mike_K Says:
      March 4th, 2010 at 5:27 pm

      @Harold N

      Maybe the Fox people haven’t seen it, like I haven’t. Maybe ? I could barley keep my dinner down during Titanic but then I wasn’t a 14 year old girl.

      Damon is showing the average IQ of Hollywood “talent” as my mother-in-law referred to them. His Bourne movies were vaguely anti-American but it was vague enough and they were good enough, nobody cared. The Iraq war movies have mostly bombed as only Europeans and Chinese are interested in such tripe. Americans mostly know better.

    34. T.JOHNSON Says:
      March 4th, 2010 at 5:33 pm

      I knew there was a “Balance” problem in Hollywood when they made a movie where I was to cheer the heroic stand of the Japanese on Iwo.

    35. pcnav Says:
      March 4th, 2010 at 5:39 pm

      After Damon’s promotion of Howard Zinn theories I wouldn’t pay one cent to see his films in a theater. I think the South Park boys had his mentality described perfectly in Team America, World Police. MATTT…DAMONNN!!!

    36. Jack Marino Says:
      March 4th, 2010 at 5:49 pm

      Matt Damon is the bastard baby of Howard Ziinn and he has the resources to green light this vile attack on our troops who are fighting and dying over there.

      As a fellow Bostonian and an independent filmmaker I am so furious that this leftist rich malcontent can make this film and go through life without being held accountable. They leftist have been attacking our veterans since 1970 after John Wayne’s Green Beret.

      I made a film called FORGOTTEN HEROES in 1988 and it took me two years to complete this and in the early 1990s I have over 350 screenings in Hollywood and they made sure my pro-vietnam troop film would never see the light of day. I made this film with funds in the private sector at a cost that Matt Damon lays out on tips in a given year. I got multiple screenings by the five major studios.

      You can go to my website where I am selling my DVD directly to the public that loves and supports our troops. http://www.fogottenheroesthemovie.com I even have a letter there from President Bush who has a DVD copy. I have great reviews and testimonials from the public and vietnam vets that thank me for sticking by this film of 21 years, I have an incredible story that goes against everything Damon represents. Not all of us Bostonians are leftist malcontents but we are fighters and refuse to allow Hollywood to attack our troops, which my own son was over there in Iraq.

      I have a story that need to be told and you can use my film as a molotov cocktail at these cultist that hate everything America stands for. Why Americans continue to support with their hard earn money to keep making Damon richer while he spits on you from that movie screen is beyond me. SUPPORT a film like FORGOTTEN HEROES, we are donating 25% of the DVD gross sales to the AMERICAN VETERANS DISABLED FOR LIFE MEMORIAL FUND . We are in a war with these people for the hearts and minds of our kids. Its time we threw something back at them and FORGOTTEN HEROES is the film we can use to get their attention.

      “In an age when heroism and patriotism have been consumed by guilt and shame, “FORGOTTEN HEROES” offers a welcome and inspirational antidote. A heartfelt tribute to the young men who lived, served, fought and died in the jungles of Vietnam. Forgotten Heroes is a throwback to the great films of the World War II era, when traits like courage, camaraderie and conviction were revered and rewarded-no matter who won.”

      “As most Vietnam films continue to focus on the ideological and moral implications of the war, Forgotten Heroes dares to turn its sights on the brave young men who lived it. Producer/Director Jack Marino has created a tale of courage, conviction and camaraderie reminiscent of the great films of the World War II Era”

      -Wade Major Associate Editor- Entertainment Today

      Thank you Kyle for allowing me to let you and your readers know about FORGOTTEN HEREOS

      Jack Marino

    37. Leah Says:
      March 4th, 2010 at 6:03 pm

      Fox News and Fox Entertainment are two different entities within News Corp., with two different CEO’s. Avatar pussyfoots around the military identities of it’s characters, since Cameron doesn’t have the balls to directly insult the American people, only obliquely. Now he froghops with his Pocahontas, from military installation to aircraft carrier to training base sucking up like the Hollywood conformist he is. Events, and the news media, and entertainment are changing so quickly, it’s breathtaking. Our time is coming. Roll Tide!

    38. Harold N Says:
      March 4th, 2010 at 6:16 pm

      Fox News and Fox Entertainment may be different divisions within the same conglomerate, but they serve the same purpose, which is to generate profits for the cynical Australian smut-peddler
      who controls it. Fox News panders to traditional Americans while shows like
      Family Guy and Nip/Tuck undermine all the values those traditionalists hold.
      Avatar has made billions with its radical green message and anti-military
      stance, while the culture warriors at
      Fox News are silent, as they are at most of the “Hollywood” garbage their company profits from.

    39. Leah Says:
      March 4th, 2010 at 6:51 pm

      If it weren’t for Rupert Murdoch, there would be no outlets for conservative commentary on television. No where in the world. Because Fox News and Sky News exist, there’s pushback against the liberal network monolith. The entertainment entity makes product that some people like. Don’t like it? Don’t want it? Organize a boycott.

    40. Jim Treacher Says:
      March 4th, 2010 at 7:03 pm

      “So all movies should be flag waiving pro USA it does no wrong, all the time?”

      Well, clearly the public education system could use some work.

    41. JohnFNWayne Says:
      March 4th, 2010 at 7:32 pm

      Anti-American, anti-military - what is truly ludicrous about “Green Zone” is its lazy liberal self-parodic absurdity. Why not go the whole and change Judith Miller into Megyn Kelly? What are Greengrass and Damon saying here? “Put your game face on.” “You’re coming with me.” “You have no idea who you are dealing with.” Seriously? Is no deeper than team sports to these guys? Is this the best Howard Zinn’s favorite student can muster?

      We’ve known for years the new socialist, metrosexual Hollywood, with Damon at the helm, would never rise to the level of “The Searchers” or even “El Dorado,” (tears fall at the thought of the “True Grit” remake) but they can’t even make their own “Green Berets.”

    42. circle8 Says:
      March 4th, 2010 at 8:06 pm

      I have been to about 6 movies since The Hunt for Red October came out in the 1980’s. The movies produced by these Un-American dope smoking morons make me sick. I refuse to pay good money to see people who hate America read dialogue written by people who also hate America and directed by misfits. The “talent” out there would not know how to act if their life depended on it. I saw an ad on the TV showing some so called heart throb actor playing a soldier a couple of weeks ago. His words and the way he delivered them reminded me of RuPaul putting on the over the top act. Forget the movies. Read a book instead.

    43. Kevin W. Says:
      March 4th, 2010 at 8:26 pm

      When Hollywood adapted “The Sum of All Fears”, they changed the terrorists from Muslim extremists to neo-Nazis. Because, see: Islam is a religion of peace, whose adherents are never violent, while these days it seems you can’t swing a dead cat without hitting an international neo-Nazi terrorist! Right. They avoided bruising the feelings of Muslims, who can be, er, vocal and, um, demonstrative in defending the slightest criticism of their religion. This despite the reality that–let’s face it–”Muslim” and “terrorist” had become virtually synonymous even before 9/11. But when Matty Boy makes a movie about the Iraq War, he and the other filmmakers have no qualms about assigning the worst morals and motivations to the US military. The idea of such a film, especially at this time, is bizarre–as if someone had made “JFK” back in, say, 1966.

    44. vitaglubet Says:
      March 4th, 2010 at 9:14 pm

      Hollywood needs to move to Venezuela. Damon should date Jane Fonda (she’s still hot at her age).

    45. Tom Says:
      March 5th, 2010 at 12:18 am

      “There’s little point in writing if you can’t annoy somebody.” It says so right at the top of the page.
      I guess that makes Matt a pretty damned good writer, doesn’t it? Because there are some seriously annoyed people commenting here. And considering the vitriol dumped on Howard Zinn, you must consider him freaking AWESOME at the keyboard. You should collectively write him a congratulatory note.
      If you don’t like the crap that Hollyweird puts out, don’t go. I saw the Lord of the Rings series to see how badly they’d screwed it up. Other than that I think I’ve been to three or four other movies in the last fifteen years, usually during a heat wave.
      Want better movies? Take a page from Jack Marino’s book: Make your own film and peddle it like crazy. Take heed of the rest his of his post, too. Selling it will be a tough row to hoe. Don’t quit your day job.
      Fox? Their Opinionators are bizarre at best, but their news is credited by all political groups, Right and Left, as the most reliable. (Independent study.)
      Islam *is* a religion of peace, just as Christianity is. Muhammed had some very rude things to say about those murderers, and those who slay the innocent. However it does have some hopelessly crazy extremists, who go WAY beyond what Westerners consider appropriate even for extremists. But look at 1000’s of years of history from that area; getting your point across via martyrdom has been a way of life, sorry, a way of death for a very, very long time. Hopelessly crazy Christians? There are a few in prisons. Jim Jones killed 100’s. It’s just nowhere nearly as common.
      If you don’t like things as they are, people, don’t whine at each other over your keyboards, go out and *do* something about it. Be active; a simple boycott does diddly. “They”–whoever “they” might be–don’t care about the pennies they aren’t getting from you. You’re sitting on your bu–, er, your chairs doing nothing. Did America’s attitude toward the war in Vietnam go negative because the anti-war folks sat at home whining at each other?
      Another, very direct question for you: How many of you Everything American people out there are committing economic treason by driving a foreign car?
      Annoying, huh?
      Just sayin’.

    46. GhostofHunter Says:
      March 5th, 2010 at 8:35 am

      Well, nevetheless, you guys never did find those WMD’s, did you? And last I checked Iraq was still marred by sectarian and anti-american violence, so how far off is the movie? Was not the single largest blunder of the whole war Bremer’s, along with Rumsfield and the DOD’s, idiotic idea of de-baathification and the disamring of Iraq’s armed forces leaving a whole boatlaod of men without means to support themselves and their families which inevitably lead to what? The insurgency.

      My issue with conservatives is this false romantic idealism they seem to have about this country and how they follow it blindly right off the cliff without applying a shred of critical thinking. Hate to break to you all but this romantic drmam is really a film noir and the great love of your live’s “Lady Liberty” is really a Femme Fatale getting ready to finish off her great con, steal whatever’s left of your soul, and money, and make off for greener pastures. And by the looks of the last decade seems she is well on her way to completing her objective.

    47. Lou Lumenick Says:
      March 5th, 2010 at 9:49 am

      “Green Zone” is being released by Universal, owned by the huge defense contractor GE.

    48. blackhawk12151 Says:
      March 5th, 2010 at 2:02 pm

      I love how whenever a film critic has negative comments about a film there are always people with some kind of variation of this statement; “If you didn’t like it then just stop going to movies.”

      Yes Kyle, as soon as you see a film you don’t like you must hang up your hat and find a new job. Sorry, we don’t want to hear this kind of negativity from a film critic. And, by the way, who cares if a movie is actually good. If it has the right message and if the cast and crew make the right political statements it doesn’t matter if it is bad. It’s like that cool guy in high school, it doesn’t matter if he was a complete alpha-douche, he hung out with the right people so you have to like him.

    49. Kevin W. Says:
      March 5th, 2010 at 2:21 pm

      GhostofHunter: LOL. You might want to check out the latest issue of Newsweek. In particular, look at these horrific scenes of everyday life in Baghdad:

      http://photo.newsweek.com/2010/2/iraq-daily-life.html

    50. spongeworthy Says:
      March 5th, 2010 at 3:06 pm

      Was not the single largest blunder of the whole war Bremer’s, along with Rumsfield and the DOD’s, idiotic idea of de-baathification and the disamring of Iraq’s armed forces leaving a whole boatlaod of men without means to support themselves and their families which inevitably lead to what? The insurgency.

      This is actually a funny comment to leave under a post criticizing some made-up trash movie about Iraq. I mean, you could make a movie critical of the invasion of Iraq and not have to make up a thing, couldn’t you?

      You could show us rubes all the real “blunders” and you’d never have to insult the troops sent over there to carry out those mistakes.

      Couldn’t you?

      I guess if you have a certain point of view the facts are best left behind in favor of the narrative. And if soldiers fighting for us in good faith are slandered, it’s a small price to pay.

      It just seems to me that if the facts as laid out are so damning, you wouldn’t have to create an entirely different set of facts to make a movie that gets your point across.

    51. Kevin W. Says:
      March 5th, 2010 at 3:32 pm

      Excellent point, spongeworthy!

    52. Patriot. Says:
      March 5th, 2010 at 6:25 pm

      I think you miss the point. The only anti-American thing going on is sending our troops to die in a desert just so that a Vice-presidents company (Halliburton) can launder tax money for him.

    53. Patriot. Says:
      March 5th, 2010 at 6:41 pm

      At the box office,like the Whitehouse, the Majority rules.

    54. Kevin W. Says:
      March 5th, 2010 at 9:09 pm

      Oh, dear. Patriot: Really? “Launder tax money”? It’s obvious you don’t even know what money laundering is.

      We were already at war with Saddam. Hostilities had never ceased. Bush’s speech to the U.N. outlined about three dozen reasons for invading–only one of which was WMD. Saddam was the weapon of mass destruction. After 9/11, the status quo of no-fly zones, sanctions, etc. was untenable. Therefore, we went back in and finished the job. End of story. Lefties cling to “no WMD found” like a life ring because they are incapable of seeing the post 9/11 big picture. And they’re supposed to be so nuanced and sophisticated! Enjoy the movie, and the fantasies it feeds. But your fevered imagination is of no interest to us in the fact-based community.

    55. StewartIII Says:
      March 8th, 2010 at 9:52 pm

      NewsBusters: Boycott NBC Universal? N.Y. Post Critic Hates New ‘Anti-American’ Matt Damon Movie
      http://newsbusters.org/blogs/tim-graham/2010/03/08/boycott-nbc-universal-n-y-post-critic-hates-new-anti-american-matt-damon

    56. John Mayer Says:
      March 9th, 2010 at 6:14 am

      Or… if people would stop shooting their mouths off for a second… it could be a swipe at all the folks bent on the idea that America IS the bad guy… kind of hard to take that idea seriously after seeing it played out in a movie like that…

    57. andres Says:
      March 11th, 2010 at 12:22 am

      This isn’t really solid criticism about the movie, it’s just you being a whiny little turd for no reason. AMERICAN SOLDIERS BEING BAD? OH, THE HUMANITY.

    58. Chris Says:
      March 12th, 2010 at 4:26 am

      Umm… This was a movie. Right?

      God bless America, America the beautiful…

      and God bless Matt Damon!

      Ha! Ha!

    59. bricope Says:
      March 14th, 2010 at 10:55 am

      Kevin W writes “Lefties cling to “no WMD found” like a life ring because they are incapable of seeing the post 9/11 big picture. And they’re supposed to be so nuanced and sophisticated! Enjoy the movie, and the fantasies it feeds. But your fevered imagination is of no interest to us in the fact-based community.”
      No Kev, I don’t cling to it I only remember the numerous times that Don, Condi, Dick and then his puppet, W drilled that notion of Sadam having WMDs into the heads of all you patriots.
      Former Treasuary John Snow writes a book that has a passage in it where he says he went into a meeting one day where the Iraqi oil fields were being divided up and passed out to mulitnational oil companies. Do you think the former head of the Treasury was lying? That meeting took place before 911. We were told that if we didn’t go in we’d surely see a mushroom cloud on the horizon. When Rumsfeld said in a news conference that the WMDs would be found to the north south east and west of the Baghdad area, do you really think he was telling you the truth? My God man, it’s been seven years. All the other reasons….paled in comparison to the “mushroom cloud” nighmare and if there had been accurate intel that was accurately studied, do you think the American people would want to go into a decades long occupation because Sadam’s pilots didn’t adhere to the no fly zone? It’s Sunday the 13th and as of 10am central….still, no WMDs have been found. How long would it have to be without a shred of physical evidence before you’d say that somebody screwed up? I’m not clinging to it Kev, it simply was the number one tenet of the invasion that has turned out to be invalid. 5K dead and 25K wounded and when the Bush Administration rolls a giant doughnut with zero evidence to the main reason my son will probably go to Iraq…you just look the other way.
      Then when someone calls you on it, your response? Get over it? No Kev, I won’t get over it. Really Kev, you’ve got to come up with something more than just shooting the messanger. I, having acutally seen the movie, think it’s a great movie…not so much for it’s cinematic artisty but for the fact that it hold up a mirror and the movie makes people like you kev turn away too afraid to look.

    60. bobness Says:
      March 23rd, 2010 at 2:47 am

      Jeez, if you need any more reasons for Americans being the most discriminatory people on the planet who can’t take anything 1% different to utter praise, look no further than this blog.

      The amount of times I’ve seen Americans put themselves ahead of the world sickens me, and to see people going “this is an insult to our wonderful military who makes sacrafices for us” is insane - yeah they make sacrafices - sacrafices of their own good lives and of the good lives of your “enemies” just so you spoilt brats can say how superior you think you are.

      I say good on you Green Zone!

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