Fahrenheit 9/11

Fahrenheit 9/11, Michael Moore’s hard-hitting film, is the highest-grossing documentary of all time. It addresses the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, outlining the reasons the United States (and, in turn, thousands of innocent Americans) became a target for hatred and terrorism. The film not only criticizes President George W. Bush’s response to the attacks but also reinforces Moore’s theory that the Bush Administration used the tragic event to push its own political agenda. This is a great film. It’s also more propaganda (an honest if one sided argument) against war. It reveals truths the news media wouldn’t touch, and it reveals lies by the administration. Checked much of what what put in this documentary against newspaper archives and WTF found most all of it easily documented and ironically factual. Imagine that. So why doesn’t it make news in big circles because big circles get bought out for silence. I always find MM interesting. Even if you don’t agree with everything he stands for, he makes you think. More Americans should think about their candidates- not just listen to sound bites on TV. It was an eye-opener for sure. Who knew that Bush did not take the standard walk down the street? It was pretty anti-Bush for sure, but it did tell some great stories. I was a recruiter in a solid middle class and UMC suburb, so I too spent more time where the lower income students and kids were hanging out, because they were most likely to join. So that was really, really accurate. When they showed the brief combat scenes those were hard to watch, because I had seen it firsthand, although seeing it on a screen does not do it justice. I’m an Army veteran who served during the war. I think Michael Moore did a great job of exposing what anyone except the most hardcore, head in the sand conservatives already knew: the war was sketchy and started under false pretenses. Our commander and chief was a fool. The scene where the two women get into the argument in the park in DC and the one says “My son died there…” was pretty powerful. Overall it is a good movie and exposes a lot of things that people just don’t want to know, or worse believe could and did happen. This is an exceptional documentary. Moore won an Oscar for this very well-made film. The people he presents are qualified witnesses to these facts. Did they not see Condoleeza say that an e-mail described as “Bin Laden planning to attack US with hijacked airplanes” before the day it happened! She said this in front of a congressional hearing; it’s on tape in this documentary. Footage of Bush shows him sitting like a deer in the headlights after being told a 2nd plane hit the world trade center. I enjoyed the movie. While some segments leave an impression that may be misleading because they are taken out of context, in general, it gives a picture of what anyone with any sense could see as the Bush War unfolded – a stupid ignorant rush to war driven by the ulterior motives of an arrogant administration. The title of the film alludes to the classic book Fahrenheit 451about a future totalitarian state in which banned books are burned — and paper begins to burn at 451 degrees Fahrenheit. The pre-release subtitle of the film confirms the allusion: “The temperature at which freedom burns.” Documentary 2004 R 122 minutes.


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