The Venice Film Festival is of course bringing out the Bush bashing. Richard Gere leads off:
“What’s interesting to me is how do the bad people among us end up our leaders?”
And the idiots end up our actors.
But wait, don’t make up your mind about foreign policy without first consulting Charleze Theron and George Clooney:
“The decision-making process for going into Iraq was very hastily done, and I think the facts weren’t there, and I just don’t think you go to war for those reasons,” Theron, 32, told Associated Press Television in an interview. “I think the thing that upset me most was the manipulation that our government did towards our people, manipulating them to believe that if they weren’t for the war, they weren’t patriotic.”
George Clooney has said he made “Syriana” and “Good Night, and Good Luck” out of anger for being considered a traitor for questioning the decision to go to war. He told reporters at Venice last week that he believes Americans are now in the process of fixing the mistakes of the last few years.
Silly us. I think we owe Clooney, Theron and The Dixie Chicks and apology.
What gives us the right to believe that a group of celluloid-brained boneheads heading overseas — to criticize a war while our troops are dying in that war in order to maintain breathing privileges for these same vacuous actors who are on foreign soil knocking their mission — are anything but true-blue patriots?
Liberal actors know more about patriotism than we do. After all, if the phone rang right now and Brian De Palma needed somebody to play a patriot true to Hollywood stereotype (gun toting, teeth missing, racist, sexist, gay bashing, dog kicking flag waver) in his latest anti-war, anti-troop movie, they could convincingly pull it off. You and I could never do that.
Meanwhile, just down the road from Gere, Theron and Clooney, this happened:
Three suspected Islamic militants were arrested for allegedly plotting “imminent” and “massive” attacks on the Ramstein Air Base, a major U.S. and NATO military hub, and Frankfurt’s busy international airport, German authorities said Wednesday.
But anyway, just to get back on focus, Bush is a jerk and a threat to the entire planet!