Jim Fetzer, former Marine
Veterans Today, 26 January 2013
A film that may even take the Academy Award for “Best Picture of 2012” raises serious moral issues; glorifies a political stunt and is based on an historical fiction. It is the latest in Obama propaganda.
Local obituaries reported Osama’s death at the time. Even FOX News subsequently confirmed it. He was buried in an unmarked grave in accord with Muslim traditions. He did not die in Pakistan.
The film suggests that torture produces actionable intelligence, when virtually every military and intelligence expert will confirm that you are told what those being tortured think you want to hear to stop the pain.
As TIME and The Huffington Post have reported, the film’s depiction of torture has created a controversy that may affect its chances for an Oscar. Among the most notable commentaries is one by Matt Tiabbi.
A columnist for Rolling Stone, he has raised serious questions:
“[I]f it would have been dishonest to leave torture outof the film entirely, how is it not dishonest to leave out how generally ineffective it was, how morally corrupting, how totally it enraged the entire Arab world, how often we used it on people we knew little to nothing about, how often it resulted in deaths, or a hundred other facts? Bigelow put it in, which was “honest,” but it seems an eerie coincidence that she was “honest” about torture in pretty much exactly the way a CIA interrogator would have told the story, without including much else.”
Phi Beta Iota: We have no direct knowledge. We are moderately certain Bin Laden died in 2001. We are moderately certain that CIA lied to JSOG, the SEALS realized this after the fact, and the astonishing number of deaths among those who participated in the theatrical raid (treason, really, if you think about it ethically), is an indictment of the culpable parties. It is certainly possible that Panetta and Obama were lied to, and it is equally possible that they were part of the very small bigot list that put this fraud over on JSOG and the public. The rest of the world is quite certain this was theater beyond all rule of law. The only thing we are certain of is that the US Government cannot get a grip on the truth because no one — anywhere in the US Government — is actually held accountable for being truthful. And that, we are sad to say, is the State of the Union at this time.