The following is a very slightly modified version of an email I sent to my friends on the subject of Michael Moore's new film Fahrenheit 9/11. I share it here with you...
I went to see the film yesterday. I always approach Michael Moore films with a fair amount of sketicism because I know he will be pushing a very particular point of view in his movie and I know that as a viewer I will be more or less manipulated in some way.
That said, I thought the film was reasonably well done. It pointed out many things I already knew, but it did serve to clarify a great many details for me, at least as much as Moore clarifies anything. I think the movie did a nice job in putting a voice to the concerns that many folks have about Iraq, specifically the "Why did we go?" question. What was the real motivation? I also thought it did a nice job of pointing out the nature of military service. Many of the personnel fighting this war are folks who often had few attractive options other than joining the service.
The point that the film really did drive home well, and this was Moore's overall goal, was that Mr. Bush needs to get fired. This man and this administration clearly are not coming clean with the American people and,
more than other administrations, cannot be trusted. Do I believe George Bush went to war in Iraq so he and his family and friends could make a ton of money? No, I don't. But it is a nice little ancillary benefit that he
and his posse are not being very straight forward about. More to the point, Mr. Bush has yet to give a valid reason for invading Iraq. The spin and WMD/terrorist line of explanation obviously works well for the masses,
and I suppose that's all that matters when you're an elected official, but I suspect these lies and half truths have left a bad taste in the mouths of mindful voters. I only hope enough people are as disturbed by the actions of this administration to vote for John Kerry in 2004.