Yep. Farenheit 9/11.
I've always had a reservations about Michael Moore's methods and his coerciveness, and this new film seeking to out the Bush Administration as criminal has it's moments of being uncomfortably manipulative, but one thing that you really cannot miss in the film is the fact that, without a lot of help from Moore, George Bush manages to make it perfectly clear that his skull could not be any number. Tongue-tied, blank-eyed and absolutely fumbling in everyway, the only time he looks like the lights are on is when he's admiring his own golf swings. He's so smug and impenetrable. During the seeming eternity that he sits expressionlessly in front of a roomful of schoolchildren after being told that the second plane has hit in New York, Moore rhetorically asks what Bush is thinking, but I have to wonder if the man can think at all. Meanwhile, people are suffering, and our soldiers are being killed or being turned into killers for nothing but lies and profiteering.
I know Moore's film is a polemic, and that everything in it serves the agenda of indicting the President and his administration. I also know that if you choose the clips where he looks like a smirking dumbass, then that's what you've got, but as far as I'm concerned, any one of those moments of total incapacitation and demonstrable inability to think on his feet or express anything at all, is enough to confirm that he should never have taken on responsiblity for the lives of millions. I think Moore was easy on the President in a lot of ways, really, and let Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice and Ashcroft off scott-free. If he really wanted to tar and feather them, I can think of so many other angles from which he might have creditably attacked. As for the relationships and beneficiaries served by this administration's actions, at best Moore presents a whole cavalcade of ugly coincidence. At worst, if it's all true, Bush, his cronies, and his father are all worthy of criminal investigation (Where's Ken Starr when you really need him?). What strikes me most is how little room to manoeuver there is in that continuum.
Making a political comment always seems so complicated. Do I know all the facts? Probably not. What I do know, and what isn't complicated, is that what we've done in Iraq is absolutely wrong, and will breed a hatred in those good people that has a nuclear half-life; and that this President, who considers the "haves and the have mores" his base, is unforgivably stupid.
Also, thankfully, I think he's on his way out.