Some things prove to be correct - and some notes on dealing with that.
Sometimes you have to ask the right questions, directly.
Eric Alterman does so at his MSNBC site "Altercation" -
And here I reformat for emphasis - one paragraph becomes many ...
As they say on the infomercials for kitchen gadgets, it's all this, and more!
Then Alterman links to an article by Mark Follman in salon.com - an interview and book review - regarding Thomas Powers and his views. Thomas Powers wrote Intelligence Wars: American Secret History From Hitler to Al Qaeda - and that book claims that "that the Bush administration is responsible for what is perhaps the greatest disaster in the history of U.S. intelligence."
The article is available only through subscription, but you get the idea. (And if you don't really care that much about copyright laws, the article is reprinted here in full: ... the Bush administration "correctly read how the various institutions of our government could be used to stage a kind of temporary coup on a single issue: Whether or not to go to war with Iraq.")
Out here in La-La Land, Tim Rutten of the Los Angeles Times explained a few weeks ago that this is quite an accomplishment -
And screwing up with Iraq, from the WMD business to maybe Chalabi being in bed with the mullahs running Iraq, is worse than all this?
Maybe so. We got a whole lot of things quite wrong. But we meant well. We always mean well.
Alterman, above, says that everyone who told the truth about what was being planned has been dismissed and seen their characters attacked.
Oh heck. We need an example of that.
Scanning This Modern World one finds such an example.
There you will find a link to Move Forward America, which seems to be a Republican group mounting a grass-roots effort to pressure individual theatres and theater chains to not, under any circumstances, screen this film - or suffer the wrath of the right, or righteous, or whatever. The do provide a list of email addresses for major theatre chains and some individual theaters.
Ah, but that can be turned the other way. You, or anyone else, could go to the site and send emails saying that these folks SHOULD show the damned movie.
For starters I recommend dropping a line to these folks. When I lived there I used to patronize this place.
But you can look for movie houses in your own town.
Of course, viewing will be restricted even if the film is screened.
See Ratings row over Moore Iraq film
BBC, Monday, 14 June, 2004, 10:20 GMT 11:20 UK
If it is overturned, or not, it really doesn't matter. Any twelve-year-old knows how to get into an R-rated screening.
Moore may be dismissed, and attacked, as Alterman suggests. But we will be able to see his film.
(By the way, This Modern World also provides a link to the background of those running Move Forward America - the organization trying to stop Michael Moore. Just your normal Republicans.)
Tip of the hat on this Moore thing to the cartoonist Tom Tomorrow of This Modern World. Great name.