Diary Of A Hollywood Refugee

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

The Warrior King, Hollywood & Iraq

Once again, the liberal pro terrorist, anti Bush, anti -Iraq, anti- victory agenda of Hollywood will be mobilizing to weigh in on Iraq with yet another biased film.

According to Variety, "Warrior King" is based on a story by Dexter Filkins of the New York Times( that figures!) called 'The Fall of the Warrior King", which centers on Lt. Col. Nathan Sassaman, an Army commander in Baghdad who resigned following a scandal in which men under his command caused the drowning of an Iraqi civilian. Filkins wrote of this story that "it is a tale that seems like a parable of the dark passage that lay ahead for the Americans in Iraq".

That sentence alone speaks loudly to the reason this film is being made.

Produced by scientologist Tom Cruise,
"Warrior King" is meant to illustrate the gulf between those making policy and soldiers who try to apply it in Iraq.

The the screenplay is written by Stephen Belber, who had been "
searching for something that could capture the absurdity of this particular war," .

If Hollywood is not going to support our efforts against an enemy that wants to kill ALL of us, especially those in the Hollywood community whom they equally despise, then I suggest we ignore this film, like we did with "Jarhead", and send yet another message to Hollywood that we are not interested in their collective " pro jihadist, pro dictator, pro terrorism, anti - Iraq forming a democracy and succeeding " agenda.

Several other Iraq war themed films have been greenlit:

The Ron Howard-directed "Last Man Home" for Universal and Imagine; set in the days just before President Bush launched full-scale war in 2003, story revolves around a covert U.S. military unit that is on the hunt for an AWOL American soldier in Iraq. The soldier is looking for his brother, who went missing when fighting in the first Gulf War.

Irwin Winkler
"Home of the Brave"; about
three soldiers struggle to readjust to life at home after returning home from a lengthy tour in Iraq.

Columbia's "Against All Enemies,"based on the controversial book by Richard Clarke about how ill equpped America was to deal with the 9/11 terrorists to be
directed by Paul Haggis.

Ridley Scott's "The Invisible World" for Paramount;
drama about the abduction of a female journalist in Iraq.

"Stop-Loss," with Kimberly Peirce directing; the story centers on a soldier who returns home from Iraq to Texas and is called to duty again through the military's "stop loss" procedure. The soldier then refuses to return to battle.

''Grace Is Gone'' is about a father (Cusack) with two young daughters who receives the devastating news his wife was killed in Iraq. Before bringing himself to tell his children, he takes them on their dream vacation -- a cross-country trip to the fictitious Disney World-esque "Enchanted Gardens" theme park in Florida.

Not one story about the daily inspiring heroic accomplishments of our troops...just stories about one man's failure, one man's dissent, one man's controversial assertions about Pres Bush and the military, the underside of the situation in Iraq with the kidnapping of a journalist; the challenges soldiers face when returning from war and trying to find the "new normal", and the pain that that families face when their loved ones pay the ultimate price.

Hoo-fucking-ray for Hollywood. Asshats!

I say take the money you'd spend to buy overpriced tickets to these films and donate the funds to "Any Soldier.com" or "Soldier's Angels" where they will be used to send care packages and letters of support to our deployed troops. At the same you you'll be sending an important message to Hollywood: "Hell no! We won't go......................to see these films!"



  • At 12:38 PM, April 26, 2006, Blogger mdfay said…

    Thanks for my list of movies I won't be seeing this year. One movie I will see is The War Tapes directed by Deborah Scranton.

  • At 7:25 PM, April 26, 2006, Blogger Kat said…

    Huntress, per our conversation, at John's and Grims, I thought this would be interesting:


    Is the Domestic Dissemination Media Ban Obsolete?

    The ban they are talking about is the Smith Mundt Act and various ad ons that ban disseminating information inside the united states, created by the united states information programs for foreign audiences.

    I think this is particularly apt considering our discussion about end runs around MSM

  • At 5:24 PM, May 07, 2006, Blogger Barb said…

    United 93 was great - and I will see The War Tapes when it screens around here, for sure.

    Anything that started with a book by Clarke, of course, I will not only skip, but may organize a boycott. He's one of those listed in my visual dictionary under AssHat.

  • At 10:03 AM, May 12, 2006, Blogger coinside said…

    Generation Kill by Rolling Stone Mag. embed is said to have been purchased by HBO for a mini series. See the book's rebuttal http://coinside.blogspot.com/2006/05/generation-kill-full-rebuttal.html

    Also, another organization worthy of note is Operation Gratitude (opgratitude.com). To date, they've delivered over 100k care pkgs.to US servicemen.

  • At 1:01 AM, July 14, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    This guy was lucky to make it to LTC. He frequently, and admitted in the book, that he disobeyed orders. While he did a great job in his mission. The US military operates by following the orders of your commanders. I wonder if our lack of success is partly due to other commanders that willfully disobey orders. The difference may lie in that Sassaman was more aggressive and successful than others. This man broke the code. I'm appreciative of his service, but disappointed in his decision to encourage his men to break from their integrity, even if it was their demise or the enemy wouldn't have treated us the same way. We have to be better than that. His men did wrong. Wrong or right, they needed to be accountable if discovered, not told to say nothing about the water.


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