The recently released Sand Castles starring George Clooney, Susan Sarandon and the Dixie Chicks, produced by Tim Robbins, reveals life in Baghdad after the fall of Saddam through the eyes of members of the American diplomatic corps. Terrorist bombings and Iraqi on Iraqi violence are depicted in graphic detail. The movie's thesis is that the US forces were not aggressive enough in putting down the violence and were too sensitive to the Sunni insurgents, hoping to get them to drill the oil for nothing. This is seen as all Bush's fault with help from Don Rumsfeld. When the Americans do act with force, it is always in the wrong way or aimed at the wrong people and ignored the presence of al Qaeda in Iraq from before the war.
The movie suggests that the US rebuffed offers of assistaance from the international community because members of the Carlysle Group wanted to keep all the oil for themselves. The US cyncially manipulated the media to make it appear that no European countries wanted to help us, when they actually want to help and "do the right thing" if Bush had not cynically told Chirac and Schroeder to "stay the f*ck out of Iraq."
During an interview promoting the film, Clooney argued that the conservative MSM had prevented Americans from learning about the atrocities committed by Saddam's regime and had helped prevent the US from taking the necessary action that President Clinton bravely wanted to take in 1998. He stated, "I would have supported President Clinton in 1998 to remove this heinous regime and provide relief to the demoralized Iraqis. But the Bush Adminstration went into Iraq for the worng reasons and squandered the good will of true humanitarins such as Robert Fisk and George Galloway." Tim Robbins, added, "Liberals were always for the removal of Saddam, but unfortunately had to prod the Bush Adminstration to 'do the right thing' in order to oust this evil man."
Gates of Vienna News Feed 7/1/2016
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