And it is exactly what I expected. None of the indictments made against the Bush Administration are new, including the Bush family ties to the Saudis and the Bin Laden family. However, they are made powerful with associated images and an accompanying soundtrack. Moore questions why the Bin Laden's were flown out of the country without being properly interrogated on whether they knew where Osama Bin Laden (and he provided evidence that the family is still in contact with him) is hiding. He then makes the case that Bush Sr. is more likely to represent Saudi interests than American ones, since as President the American people merely paid him $400,000 a year, while the Saudis invest nearly $1.5 billion in his Carlyle Group. Bush Sr. is still a frequent guest at the royal palace in Saudi Arabia - and he isn't representing the American people, even though he has access to classified CIA information... a severe conflict of interest. Not to mention that the Saudis are corrupt, brutal, two-faced thugs.
Moore's point is that the Bush's had and have no real determination to fight terrorism before or after 9/11, as evidenced by a lack of investigation into the Bin Laden family and ignoring Saudi complicity in funding Al Qaida, among a variety of other damning testimonies to this fact, including very little investment in Afghani nation building. He throws a lot of stuff out there and doesn't connect them entirely, but for the most part, it's pretty disturbing.
Most importantly, he ties this into the duping of the American people regarding Iraq's threat. He reveals quite convincingly the Bush Administration's manipulation of the post 9/11 public mood so that he could get his war against Saddam and supply the corporates - with which his family and friends are intimately associated - with a lot a lot a lot of money.
But I was already convinced.
I will follow this up tomorrow with a scathing critique of the film I read recently as a counterpoint.
Typical of Moore there was absolutely NO alternative point of view present in the film. He cut and pasted the thing to make everyone he doesn't like appear as an asshole in the context of devastating human misery.
But that's his right, isn't it?
He didn't take anything that anybody didn't give to him. He didn't force any of those people to make their incriminating, stupid comments or behave foolishly. No matter that he put the interviews and images in a context that exacerbated their ridiculousness; they were still ridiculous.
The images of the war in Iraq are horrifying. And they weren't staged. It was real, and it is all too real. Thanks to this film, we can be reminded of this, because I think many people need to be. Myself included.
Will this film effect the election? I sure as fuck hope so.