This makes me all the happier that on Sunday two different papers printed two different letters to the editor that I wrote about Moore's movie and both letters mention the oil company issue.
I alternate between laughter and despair when I hear people who have seen Michael Moore's film Fahrenheit 911 and think it espouses anything closely approximating reality.
Have we so blurred the lines between actual news and entertainment that people can no longer tell the difference? It is a sad commentary on our times that people still believe the movie despite the fact that most of the mainstream news programs, dozens of reporters have written articles and entire web sites have devoted themselves to proving the many lies found in the movie. Several reporters have said it is easier finding falsehoods in the movie than finding a single bit of truth in it.
A few major falsehoods are as follows:
Moore insinuates that President Bush signed an order which permitted the Osama bin Laden family to leave the United States after 9/11. The person who signed that order and took full responsibility was actually the former Clinton administration terrorism czar, Richard Clarke, as we learned when watching him testify before the 9/11 Commission. Further, despite Moore's assertion that the family was permitted to leave without being questioned by law enforcement, the 9/11 Commission learned that the FBI did question the family members before they were permitted to leave the country for their own safety.
The Patriot Act is so despised by leftists like Moore that I'm rather surprised he would even suggest that over 100 family members, most of whom were estranged from OBL, should be held in the country against their will.
Moore insinulates that the Taliban met with Bush in Texas and the war in Afghanistan was to help Unocal Corporation build a pipeline in that country. He is apparently unaware that the Taliban never met with Bush but were invited to Houston by Unocal and that the visit was approved by the Clinton administration which met with the Taliban twice in 1997 and 1998. Additionally, the Associated Press reports that Unoral withdrew from planning to build the Afghanistan pipeline in 1998.
Moore claims there was no relationship between Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein, ignoring the fact on November 4, 1998 the Clinton administration obtained an indictment against Osama bin Laden in federal court which specifically mentioned the terrorist's connections with Saddam this way:
"In addition, al Qaeda reached an understanding with the Government of Iraq that al Qaeda would not work against that government and that on particular projects, specifically including weapons development, al Qaeda would work cooperatively with the Government of Iraq."
Additionally, despite some initial mis-reporting by the press, the 9/11 Commission reports have detailed many connections between the terrorist and Saddam but they could find no operational role in 9/11 between AQ and Iraq. Even that was countered a few days later by the two 9/11 Commission Co-Chairmen when they said that a high ranking member of Iraq's Fedayeen military was present during at least one pre-9/11 planning meeting.
The list of falsehoods in the movie is a long one and does not distinguish Moore or those who get their "news" from the entertainment industry.
It would be interesting to find out where that footage is from - it's certainly no a Trans Afghan pipeline as he reportedly implies.
I saw F/911 and just can't bring myself to buy gas from Unocal knowing that Michael Moore has proven beyond a doubt that they did business with the Taliban, Al Qaeda, Iran, Saddam Hussein, The Easter Bunny, Adolf Hitler, Josef Stalin, Che Guevara, Emperor Caligula, John Dillinger, Genghis Khan, and George Clooney. I can forgive the Al Qaeda stuff, but GEORGE CLOONEY???? What George Clooney did to 'Batman' is a crime against humanity. Thank God for real patriots like Michael Moore! If we'd had more men like Michael Moore at D-Day the Nazis and the Japanese would be running the world and there wouldn't be all this problem with the Muslims because Hitler would've killed them all by now.
Yep: It's all Unocal and Bush!
I hope this rant made as much sense to you as any of Michael Moore's so-called "documentaries".
(Note to Unocal: I'll be tanking up with your most excellent premium unleaded on the way home. If you people piss off Michael Moore then you MUST be my friends!)
Wasn't Bush against the Patriot Act before he was for it?