Tuesday, February 17, 2009

You just can't make this stuff up...

This kind of rainy weather makes movie-watching pretty much guilt free. On Saturday we saw "W" - an Oliver Stone film. It was a REALLY great movie. Love him or hate him, you had to feel for George W. Bush when you see this movie - and let me just say that Josh Brolin NAILED him. As did Richard Dreyfuss with Dick Cheney. Anyway - there were instances during the film when you had to suspend belief because you know that no way did anyone have access to some of those private conversations as they occurred in the movie. But the upshot of the movie's premise was that even as a youth, "W" was a man who could never please his father and forever lived in the shadow of his brother Jeb. In fact, the whole Iraq business is viewed (from the movie's perspective) as another attempt by W to appease his father. If this theory is to be believed, it is an amazing place where we stand today as a country - at war for the better part of 6 years, thousands killed or maimed, the economy in the crapper - and all - again this is if you are buying the movie's premise - to prove to "Poppy" that "Junior" had the stones to take the country to war.

If you are a political junkie (like me) a very good book on the above subject is "Bushworld: Enter at your own risk" by Maureen Dowd. Dowd is a Pulitzer-prize-winning columnist with the New York Times and it's (in my late mother's words) - a HUMDINGER!

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