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Buried in the Sand- The Deception of America
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by Jack Sommersby

"At Least Ann Coulter's Quintessential BS is Colorful"
1 stars

The revelatory news, people: Saddam Hussein was a brutal dictator. Oh, and grass is green and water is wet, too.

The initial impression going into Buried in the Sand: The Deception of America is that it's going to explore the head-in-the-sand mentality of toe-the-line Bushies who've made it the rule rather than the exception to ignore inconvenient facts pertaining to the illegal, unnecessary, poorly-planned, monetarily- and politically-motivated war in Iraq simply because they reflect negatively upon George "The U.S. Will Not Engage in Nation Building" Bush. As it happens, it's unequivocally pro-Bush, and so blindly and obediently so you wouldn't be surprised to see it sprout pom-poms and break out in jubilant cheers (perhaps, also, as a proud reminder of Bush's days as a cheerleader while attending boarding school at Andover). Yet it has quite an arduous task ahead of itself: justifying the invasion and no-end-in-sight occupation of a third-world country, crippled by several years of sanctions and neutralized through U.N. inspections, after the two main rationales given for it -- Iraq possessing weapons of mass destruction, and Saddam Hussein having a working relationship with al Qaeda -- were debunked by intelligence experts both before and after the war, thus rendering this less a "pre-emptive" war than what's been more correctly categorized as an "aggressive" war, which is one of the highest crimes in international law. So the film, like the Bush administration, tries to root the justification for it under a liberating-Iraqis/spreading-freedom facade, which, in light of Bush & Co.'s blatant disregard for the poor and suffering people in their own country (the slashing of funds for job-training and social programs, its indifference to extending unemployment benefits, its deficit-contributing tax cuts that mostly benefit the don't-need-it well-offs, the refusal to provide affordable prescription-drug coverage), is about as convincing as a rubber crutch -- or "compassionate conservatism," if you will.

The host and narrator of this problematic polemic of political-rhetorical diarrhea is right-wing commentator Mark Taylor, who assures the viewer they're going to be given a perspective on the war "never seen." He avers that most of the mainstream media -- which he equates with being aligned with the radical left (tell that to Fox News and Sinclair Broadcasting, Marky) -- and recent productions (namely Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11, though he doesn't specifically mention it) have portrayed Iraq as a "paradise of happy Islamic people free to live their lives until the evil Americans invaded their sovereign country," and you already know this man is either not playing with a full deck or a stacked one at best. The largely misunderstood kite-flying segment in F-9/11 wasn't intended to imply that Iraq was a utopia, but only that all Iraqis weren't chained and shackled inside dungeons, that many of them had jobs, families, and some semblance of a functioning community, which were considerably destroyed by the U.S.-led invasion. And if the mainstream media were so liberally biased, why did all of their investigative journalists sit on the sidelines while lies and exaggerations by Bush & Co. went unchallenged, and dissenting statements from agencies in the U.S. and abroad (like former U.N. inspector/Hans Blix-detractor/Republican Scott Ritter and the IAEA and Air Force and CIA, among others) were given little credence and virtually no air time? The filmmakers haven't thought things through very well, because only a fool would try to indict the mainstream media for not showing enough violence of Hussein's to get across that he was a brutal dictator, as if Americans needed a wake-up call to this, and that they would actually run this type of graphic footage, when this same media has been criticized as having presented a mostly bloodless war in Iraq. But the most asinine claim is that the photos presented here of massive grave sites in Iraq are like the ones of Holocaust concentration camps in that they "prevent naysayers from saying they happened," as if the media and/or liberals have denied such happenstances in Iraq.

Pre-war statements by Edward Kennedy and Hilary Clinton pertaining to Iraq and WMD are presented to make the case that theirs don't differ with the Bush administration's, though, in contrast to the Bush administration's of Hussein "possessing" and "stockpiling" WMD, Kennedy's is of Iraq "seeking and developing" WMD, and Clinton's of "increasing capacity and to develop nuclear weapons." Then Taylor goes the even more predictable route of citing: Iraq's twenty-five years of human rights violations, while ignoring the same type of violations of U.S. "allies" Saudi Arabia and Israel; Iraq having attacked Kuwait unprovoked, even though Kuwait was stealing Iraq's oil through slant-drilling and producing more than allowed under the OPEC agreement, which glutted the oil market and sent prices-per-barrel plummeting; Hussein having used biological and chemical weapons on his own people, even though it was the Reagan administration (chiefly, Donald Rumsfeld) who supplied him with those weapons, even when they knew he was using them on the Kurds; and Iraq having violated U.N. resolutions for 12 years even though Israel had almost six times the amount of U.N. weapons violations before the war. Of course, the Iraqis-were-silently-supporting-the-U.S. and a "praiseworthy" military victory are spewed forth without mention of the several thousand dead Iraqi civilians in this so-called liberation. In fact, the only time an Iraqi is shown being killed is when it's one who's shooting at coalition forces; as for the number of ones who've fallen under the category of "collateral damage," neither Tommy "We Don't Do Body Counts" Franks nor the so-called liberal media were supplying that number. The film incredulously tries making the dubious point that American liberals have kept their "heads buried in the sand" in regard to Hussein's atrocities, while it completely ignores the obscenely high casualty rates of Iraqi civilians during the war by the U.S.'s, not Hussein's, hands.

More inanity ensues. Car bombings in wartime Iraq are shown to justify it as a nation filled with terrorists, yet the inconvenient fact is ignored that it was the war and the inexcusably poor post-war planning (especially the appallingly weakly guarded border to Syria) that created a terrorist haven in Iraq, just as intelligence experts had repeatedly warned before the invasion. Spain's having withdrawn their soldiers from Iraq after a railway bombing in their homeland is seen as "cowering to the terrorists" without it being pointed out that the war was initially opposed by the majority of Spaniard citizens, and their conservative prime minister was replaced after the election with a socialist one mostly because of the predecessor's denial of an al Qaeda connection to the bombings and baseless assertion of a Basque one. And to top everything off, to take heat off of the Abu Ghraib-prison scandal, we're shown four long, separate incidents of Iraqi prisoners being brutalized in that same prison during Hussein's rule. Three problems with this: one, Hussein having been a brutal dictator is hardly news; two, they fail to counter that the scandal was a serious blow to the U.S.'s image as a spreader of democracy (for those who believed this going into the Iraq war, that is), was a blatant violation of the Geneva Conventions (any foreign captors of our soldiers will not feel bound to abide by it either now), and spurred the series of on-tape beheadings thereafter of those affiliated with coalition forces (starting with American contractor Nick Berg, whose graphic death is shown in its entirety here); three, Alberto Gonzales, Bush's chief counsel and upcoming successor to John Ashcroft, approved an August 2002 Justice Department memo authorizing torture on enemy combatants, and also labeled some of the provisions of the Geneva Conventions pertaining to the strict limitations on questioning of prisoners as "quaint."

Throughout Buried in the Sand, Mark Taylor presents the film's jejune "case" with both the passion and compassion of someone reading off a grocery list. Professional actors can fake emotion fairly well, but almost all commentators, whether they be right- or left-wing, usually can't. And this also extends to toe-the-line Bushies in general, who've never been convincing in having to defend an indefensible act -- that of misleading America and the world into a war against a country that posed no threat to the U.S. whatsoever -- under the pretense of caring about Iraqis when they wouldn't so much as have one shine their shoes or break the front-door threshold in their own homes. Taylor often looks uncomfortable and shifty, as if he were sitting on a serious case of hemorrhoids, and when he talks about injustices done to the Iraqis by Hussein, he might as well be talking about the wrong price tag affixed to a candlestick. Taylor comes off as convincing a moral and emotional center to the film as Alan Keyes would a spokesman for Planned Parenthood, for he's shown continually shuffling a stack of papers while sitting like a newscaster at a newscaster-looking desk, as if what he's reading off to the viewer are just the facts, ma'am. Of course, with forty percent of Americans still ignorantly believing that Iraq was responsible for the 9/11 disaster, even with no facts or even semi-convincing conjecture to support this (other than the blatant Iraq-9/11 sound bites by Bush & Co. running up to the war), one has very little reason to believe that the majority of this lot won't similarly buy into the same stuff Taylor & Co. are pushing here. Mind you, it's not that the facts presented here of Iraq are wrong (they're not), it's that the point they're being used to try to support is eye-rollingly bogus. After all, if liberals have their heads in the sand, why are they wise to who didn't perpetrate the greatest terrorist attack on U.S. soil in history and the can't-be-denied repercussions of the Iraq war? Exactly.

Makes Michael Moore look like Errol Morris by comparison.

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User Comments

8/20/09 Adam M Wow it seems the review above was simply too intelligent for most of you folks. 1 stars
9/06/06 jess its a wonder why we don't level the country to prevent future problems 4 stars
5/15/06 Ellie conservative propaganda 1 stars
6/13/05 Rick aka KittyWhopperDrvr I'd love to see Micharl Moore face to face with Saddam 5 stars
4/11/05 Graham Hello, I have "no truth". This is why I dislike cheap hypocritical snuff movies. 1 stars
2/11/05 Daveman Yeah, because George Bush *hates* religious fanaticism. 1 stars
12/09/04 John Cocchiola Documents the torture of brutal governments and religious fanatics. Watch it if you can. 5 stars
11/27/04 Greg Strope True Evil Uncoved 5 stars
11/26/04 Houston Peterson Good Movie 5 stars
11/22/04 Sylvia Askin, M.D. another documentary to counteract the M. Moor's & the Left. 5 stars
11/22/04 Gene Stone Cahrles Tatum probably liked Fahrinheit 9-11. A typical writer with no truth. 5 stars
11/19/04 john why did we wait 12 years to help those people? 5 stars
11/19/04 Rachel Rose gruesome but TRUE so be tough & watch it! Know your enemy! 5 stars
11/18/04 Flagwaver Great. True to the Bone! 5 stars
11/18/04 Dorothy Pujalte About time we heard the truth!! 5 stars
11/15/04 Craig The antidote to CBS 4 stars
11/15/04 WakJob Cocksucers unite ! Movie blows the big one ! 5 stars
11/13/04 Pook Complete garbage, intended to show 'our evil enemies'... rubbish. 1 stars
11/03/04 Ryan Porter Great Informational Movie 5 stars
10/13/04 abdul musa 5 stars
10/09/04 Em idiotic piece of crap 1 stars
10/05/04 tatum No, thanks 1 stars
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  21-Sep-2004 (NR)
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