World According to Bush, TheReviewed By PaulBryant
Posted 10/14/04 16:33:33
If you live in the US you may ask yourself why you haven’t heard of this movie, and it’s mainly because of the similar movie which lambastes George Bush, and probably another reason is that it was made by a Frenchman, instead of American shit-disturber Michael Moore.Both films are good; this one is better. We don’t have Moore’s occasionally self-serving narration, which tries to make the audience laugh at his cuteness. Instead, it is a more thorough examination of the facts and figures, and various opinions from journalists, political analysts, and even Bush supporters about just what George Bush has been doing at the White House in his first 1000 days.
The theatre is packed, having already sold out two shows at the Vancouver International Film Festival, and one more specially added screening earlier this afternoon. One day before the second Presidential debate and less than a month before the election, the anticipation (yes even here in Canada) is reaching its peak. I would wager, by the enthusiasm, public opinion, and basic intuition, that if the US presidential election were held here in Canada, Mr. Bush would be ousted rather quickly (and probably run out of the country). This doesn’t mean that the support for John Kerry is overwhelming, but is more so a reflection of the antagonism Canadians seem so accustomed to feeling towards Bush. I wonder how necessary it really is for me to see this movie, and shudder at just how necessary it is to Americans.
Norman Mailer tells us in the first few minutes of this extremely informative documentary that George Bush just may end up being remembered “as the worst president in American history”. William Karel writes and directs his political criticism with a considerable amount of factual information, and less overt smearing than the Michael Moore film – and with a sizeable portion of the ‘conjecture’ coming from political analysts or respected historians. The result as a consequence is less fun than Moore’s film, but much more enlightening in terms of real information.
He gets us started giving us some rather unflattering information on Bush. None of it is very surprising, even if it wasn’t common knowledge before. Morning prayers are apparently the order of the day at the White House; several pictures showing Donald Rumsfeld, Colin Powell, George Bush, Dick Cheney and others with their heads down in prayer during a meeting inside the White House are rather chilling. How about getting down to business fellas? Karel continues on the President’s rather domineering religious habits as the film goes on, hitting strongly on the fact that Bush is a born-again Christian, and how that has led him to intrude on the Israel-Palestine conflict far too often on the arm of Ariel Sharon (a man who, according to the film, has had more personal meetings with the President – 9 in total – than any other foreign leader).
Of course, some of the information contained within is just hearsay - we don’t know for sure what goes on behind closed doors at the White House, so when we have journalists telling us that the Bush administration used 9/11 as an excuse to invade Iraq, it is hard to be certain. Of course, as we all know from the 9/11 hearings, Richard Clarke (Anti-terrorism Czar) reported after he resigned from his post that on September 11th, while the question of who was responsible for the attacks was still unanswered, he was confronted by George Bush and told flat out to “pin it on Iraq”. It is hard to believe this kind of testimony is fraudulent, especially now in light of all the faulty intelligence and lack of WMD findings, and along with the Bush administration’s close-minded arrogance on their policies. They lied, and they can’t admit it. They rushed to war, said they were prepared and ready, and can’t admit they weren’t. About only thing they can do is admit that they never believe they’ve been wrong.
We also pry into the reasons behind Bush’s ineptitude in foreign relations, and get a pretty startling wake-up when we find out that the man never had a passport until he became President! How could you expect Bush to know anything about foreign affairs, foreign cultures, or international disputes when he doesn’t leave his own country??
We see a lot of footage of Bush speaking – fumbling words, struggling to form a coherent argument, repeating the same falsities over and over again as film points out, “until the lie is repeated often enough that the public swallows it”. If there seems to be one thing George W is good at, it’s lying – consistently and thoroughly. The film makes the obvious conclusion that not only does Bush not know much about foreign countries, he also isn't any good at talking with them.
The Bush family seems to have a penchant for whoring themselves out to evil empires. The film tells us sordid details about Prescott Bush (Dubya’s granddaddy) who once upon a time moved money for the Nazis and used Jewish POW’s as slave labor during the war. George Bush senior would then go on to deal with both Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein, supplying weapons, training and intelligence to both men, less than two decades before 9/11. Now of course both men are the sworn enemies of Bush junior. The contradictions seem at times to be both unbelievable and almost comical in their strange plausibility.
In recent debates we heard a lot from George Bush concerning the security of America, and how he would never let another foreign power to govern his country’s safety. Seeing this film (and Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11) and learning specifics of the connections his government has with Saudi Arabia, then taking into account the terrorist practices we know go on in that country, it is hard to believe Bush is doing everything in his power to secure the US from another terrorist attack. And, of course, by diverting attention from the real terrorist networks by invading Iraq, he not only lets Al-Qaeda's future planning continue, but creates a whole new base of America-hating radicals in war-torn Iraq.
This film is a brilliant indictment of an incompetent President. No previous Commander-in-Chief has been so vociferously slammed for his administration’s foul-ups. After 9/11, when nobody wanted to speak an ill word of the recovering government, the administration had a chance to really unify the country for the good. Instead the final two years (hopefully it will be the final two) of the Bush incumbency have been a mess of division, separation and disillusionment for so many people – not just in America, but around the world. It’s too bad this film wont get its message out to the American public – the public who needs to see it most – because it raises a lot of questions that I would want to have heard if I were going to the ballot box in November.Here’s hoping that John Kerry has a mop big enough to clean up the wealth of messes that George Bush and his cronies have spent the last four years creating. More films as comprehensive as this one will only help the cause. See it if you can!
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