By Kyle | December 13, 2012
I’ve just seen “Zero Dark Thirty” for a second time. Propaganda-wise, this is a big win for the Bush way of looking at the war on terror. And though there is no explicit Obama criticism, the movie makes it clear that Obama has been naive at best in this very serious ongoing war with Islamist fanatics and that his ideas have presented the CIA with a major obstacle in intelligence gathering.
It won’t do to look at this film through a liberal lens colored by the view that harsh interrogation is needless and useless. The case is clear that harsh interrogation produces results. If you don’t see that, you simply aren’t paying attention.
As I see it, the only major problem with the film is that it’s too detailed and accurate. It will present our enemies with a valuable document to study to try to defeat our intelligence-gathering efforts. Also, the pro-harsh interrogation stance will eventually create, I think, resistance among Hollywood liberals which will be sufficient to keep it from winning the Oscar for Best Picture, though I think it will be nominated for many Oscars including Best Picture, Director, Screenplay, Actress, Cinematography, Score, Editing, Sound and maybe Production Design.