Opinion 9/11 Shows Dubya Is ‘Sinister’, Not Dumb

Opinion 9/11 Shows Dubya Is ‘Sinister’, Not Dumb

MICHAEL Moore says what many have suspected for decades:that America is a nation of sheep.

Moore’s two-hour anti-George W Bush tirade, Fahrenheit 9/11, which aired on M-Net on Monday night, showed more than just a corrupt president. It exposed what American voters will allow their presidents to get away with.The French loved this documentary.And, reportedly, they know about cinema.Cinematically, Fahrenheit 9/11 is long-winded.In spite of moments of pure brilliance – Britney Spears, making a goofball of herself and George W Bush forgetting that well-known Texas saying – the editing is tedious.I mean, enough of that crying woman already.Moore’s narrative speculations are often thin and, at times, absurd – “What is George W thinking here?” Journalistically, Moore is a hack.He leads his subjects – “Wow, that’s a lot of money, isn’t it?” – and quotes (or edits) the president’s men out of context repeatedly.So did the French get it wrong? Factually, Moore’s ducks appear to be in a row.Consider this:no-one has, so far, bashed the facts of this film – just Moore’s approach.He convincingly portrays George W Bush as a brazen crook and a flagrant liar.Moore portrays the average American as a slightly retarded Forrest Gump, willing to believe anything and everything.He convincingly shows that war in Iraq is indeed about oil money – not world peace.Moore, unwittingly, shows that George W Bush is perhaps not as dumb as people think.Sure, Bush fumbles his sentences, but one is left with the impression of a sinister schemer rather than a dullard – a man whose devious mind simply works faster than his Texas mouth.So the French loved Moore’s exposé – in spite of its cinematic and journalistic flaws.You can’t blame them.This documentary should make even Namibians sit upright.Consider the horrors an American nation – with a multi-coloured cross around the neck – is willing to let its presidents get away with.This film is not about Bush.It’s about the American voter.And do you really want Britney Spears to police the world?It exposed what American voters will allow their presidents to get away with.The French loved this documentary.And, reportedly, they know about cinema.Cinematically, Fahrenheit 9/11 is long-winded.In spite of moments of pure brilliance – Britney Spears, making a goofball of herself and George W Bush forgetting that well-known Texas saying – the editing is tedious.I mean, enough of that crying woman already.Moore’s narrative speculations are often thin and, at times, absurd – “What is George W thinking here?” Journalistically, Moore is a hack.He leads his subjects – “Wow, that’s a lot of money, isn’t it?” – and quotes (or edits) the president’s men out of context repeatedly.So did the French get it wrong? Factually, Moore’s ducks appear to be in a row.Consider this:no-one has, so far, bashed the facts of this film – just Moore’s approach.He convincingly portrays George W Bush as a brazen crook and a flagrant liar.Moore portrays the average American as a slightly retarded Forrest Gump, willing to believe anything and everything.He convincingly shows that war in Iraq is indeed about oil money – not world peace.Moore, unwittingly, shows that George W Bush is perhaps not as dumb as people think.Sure, Bush fumbles his sentences, but one is left with the impression of a sinister schemer rather than a dullard – a man whose devious mind simply works faster than his Texas mouth.So the French loved Moore’s exposé – in spite of its cinematic and journalistic flaws.You can’t blame them.This documentary should make even Namibians sit upright.Consider the horrors an American nation – with a multi-coloured cross around the neck – is willing to let its presidents get away with.This film is not about Bush.It’s about the American voter.And do you really want Britney Spears to police the world?

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