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    “Zero Dark Thirty” Vs. the Wets

    By kyle | December 16, 2012

    In my Sunday column, I explain why “Zero Dark Thirty” is a clear vindication of the Bush Administration’s approach to the war on terror. (Spoiler alert: The good guys win in the end.)

    Topics: Barack Obama, Bin Laden dead, Politics | 8 Comments »

    8 Responses to ““Zero Dark Thirty” Vs. the Wets”

    1. Retro Hound Says:
      December 16th, 2012 at 4:59 pm

      Excellent write up!

    2. Dan Says:
      December 17th, 2012 at 1:23 pm

      Suppose an actor trying to prove how method he was submitted to putting his head a vise as research for a gangster film, as long as he could stop as soon as the pain became unbearable. According to your brilliant logic, this fact means that putting someone’s head in a vise cannot possibly be torture. Good to know!

    3. Kyle Says:
      December 17th, 2012 at 2:23 pm

      No one ever puts his head in a vise to prepare for a gangster movie. That’s the point.

    4. Don Reed Says:
      December 19th, 2012 at 2:02 am

      Let’s change the category title to, “OBL-Still Dead!”

      This will prevent the filming of the sequel.

      (Oh never mind. S. Holmes, shoved rudely, plunged 500 feet to his death – triggering six bonuses in Moriarity’s free-agent contract – and Doyle was STILL able to bring him back. Get ready for the chase scenes in Antarctica, with OBL being pursued by Meryl Streep, still wearing the Thatcher makeup.)

    5. Louis Proyect Says:
      December 19th, 2012 at 2:42 pm

      I can’t say that I am surprised to see that you omitted Christopher Hitchen’s follow-up on his waterboarding experience. The title says it all: “Believe Me, It’s Torture” (

      The NY Post was getting the film critic of its dreams when it hired a rightwing hack lik you.

    6. Kyle Says:
      December 19th, 2012 at 2:53 pm

      I’m well aware that he said it was torture. I say that if he did it voluntarily, for no good reason, it can’t have been.
      There are five critics writing film reviews for the Post. Four of them are liberal (super-liberal, by the way). About 50 pct of the country supports waterboarding. We are therefore substantially more liberal than the country in our film criticism.

    7. Don Reed Says:
      December 19th, 2012 at 9:02 pm

      Louis, welcome aboard.

      I disagree wih you, but you’ll do quite nicely in order for us to prevent the creation and maintenance of the echo chambers that are common in your host environment.

    8. Jim Treacher Says:
      January 2nd, 2013 at 11:08 pm

      Waterboarding is the only form of torture I’ve ever heard of that you can do to your buddies at a protest without getting arrested.