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  •  Well done, the crux of the matter: (12+ / 0-)
    But he also adds that “what the film does over the course of two hours is show the complexity of the debate.” Now, this extraordinary statement bears no relationship whatsoever to the actual movie playing in theaters.
    Had the movie presented "the complexity of the debate," that would be one thing, but the few times even a hint of complexity surfaces are when Obama denounces torture, which you mention, and in the dog-collar like statements. But they're not so much scenes that drill down into ethical complexities, as they are cynical CYA. If a defense is that the filmmakers "come not to judge but to show," they chose what to show, and what not to show—the actual intelligence that led to bin Laden.

    The audience around me was clearly uncomfortable during the waterboarding scenes but they cheered bin Laden's death, and many no doubt left thinking the one led to the other, and the one justified the other. A little "complexity" would have been a welcome thing.

    stay together / learn the flowers / go light - Gary Snyder

    by Mother Mags on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 12:12:48 AM PST

    •  As an example - Homeland is far from a perfect (2+ / 0-)
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      PhilJD, Mother Mags

      show.  

      However, at the very least, it does not treat torture as if it were simply "part of doing business".    In fact, the parallels between what the CIA does to captives and what Al Qaeda does to captives are quite clearly drawn.

      We just want civility! Moderation!! No Ad Hom! Oh, you're a dirty lying racist asshole and probably a troll....but that's different, because what I said is true!!!

      by JesseCW on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 02:24:05 AM PST

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