It is with bated breath I begin watching a war movie these days. Waiting for a movie that demonstrates the nobility of the Americas armed forces and the good they have accomplish for so many people. A movie that will restore a national pride and reinforce the proud tradition that are our men in uniform.
After WWII Hollywood released many movies like this and America was proud and it’s people were patriotic. The Pledge of Allegiance was said every day in schools and it meant something more than just words.
But alas, these movies are rare, very rare. There is a blame America sentiment that has grown exponentially in the last several years and it is demoralizing the country and confusing many young people. They no longer have the education that once would have enabled them to combat these assertions. True American History is no longer taught and so the country teeters on the edge of uncertainty.
Although I have seen or read about many anti-American movies lately, none has demeaned America or sunk to the level as that of Green Zone… and this movie was made by Americans.
I just finished watching Green Zone starring Matt Damon and directed by Paul Greengrass. At the conclusion I sat dumbfounded. Such a gross interpretation of the facts left me feeling physically ill and ashamed.
Never really a fan of Damon, I have, in the past, given him the benefit of the doubt when I’ve heard his political rants and played it off to youth, lack of true education and the people he associates with but this movie leaves no doubt his moral compass points directly to a fantasy of self righteousness wrapped in bloated arrogance with an exaggerated sense of self-importance.
Kyle Smith of The New York Post wrote:
Even for Hollywood, “Green Zone” is dumbfoundingly brazen in its effort to rewrite the facts. As any reasonably informed person knows, many intelligence services (including the French, German, Chinese, Russian and British) believed Iraq had WMDs. And the CIA (which along with Chief Miller is a hero of “Green Zone”) was among them. Plus, such intel reports predated the Bush administration — and Saddam’s refusal to allow the UN weapons inspectors to finish their work gave us every reason to think he was hiding something and sealed his fate.
It’s one thing to make a fantasy film laced with snarky jibes at the United States and its military. It’s of another order entirely for an American studio (Universal, a unit of GE) to perpetrate, during an ongoing war, such vicious anti-American lies disguised as cheap entertainment.
“Green Zone” tells US troops that all of their efforts have been based on a deliberate deception. Worse, it blames the insurgency that has killed so many of our fighting men and women on US treachery.
Movies like “In the Valley of Elah,” “Rendition” and “Redacted” have shown US forces doing nasty things — but none went anywhere near as far as this picture in suggesting original sin corrupted the entire Iraq war and that American officials are more blameworthy than the insurgents for the most violent years.
“Green Zone” isn’t cinema. It’s slander. It will go down in history as one of the most egregiously anti-American movies ever released by a major studio.