December 17, 2009, - 1:51 pm

Don’t Believe the Hype: “Avatar” Stinks (Long, Boring, Unoriginal, Uber-Left)

By Debbie Schlussel

If you want a Cliff’s Notes (or, I guess, Debbie’s Notes) version of my review of “Avatar,” refer back to my review of the just as awful (but about half as long) “The Battle For Terra,” (which was released in May).  The story, plot, etc. of the two movies are exactly the same.


Despite the out-of-control hype over “Avatar,” the movie is silly, long, boring, and heavy-handed.  And did I mention, sleep-inducing?  I’ve heard other movie critics and reports say that the 3D animation in this movie is “the most visually stimulating movie I’ve ever seen,” “the best 3D ever,” “Oscar material,” “will change cinema forever,” “a Hollywood colossus,” and even that it “caused motion sickness.”

Don’t believe the hype.  This bloated, highly overrated movie is none of these . . . with the exception of the “Oscar material” claims, since we know that the contemporary Academy Awards famously award far-left tripe like this. Did James Cameron really spend years of his life on this rotten stew?

Clocking in at nearly three hours, “Avatar” is an incredible waste of time.  It’s essentially a remake of “Dances With Wolves” and every other movie where we evil Americans terrorize the indigenous natives, kill them, take their land, and are just all around imperialistically wicked and inhumane.  Oh, and we’re destroying the environment, clearing precious giant trees and natural landscapes and killing rare animals and their habitats, in order to invade and harvest valuable substances under the ground.  Sound familiar?  Yup, just like a million diatribes from Daily Kos, Democratic Underground, and every other far-left outlet about how we invaded Iraq for oil.

Yes, “Avatar” is cinema for the hate America crowd.

And, like “Dances With Wolves,” there is, of course, the standard stock White male and/or human character who “becomes one of them” and sympathizes with their plight, begging the evil humans–or evil Americans, take your pick–to stop the invasion, destruction, and wholesale theft.  It’s been in a million movies you’ve seen, including this summer’s far superior if equally heavy-handed and manipulative, District 9″ (read my review).

The story: Sam Worthington (who was fantastic in “Terminator: Salvation” – read my review) plays Jake Sully, a paraplegic U.S. Marine, who was injured while at war. His twin brother, who died under other circumstances, was a scientist and part of a government project developing “avatars” for interaction with the native race of the planet Pandora (wow, what an original planet name).  He’s not actually working for “the government” or “the military,” but a contractor a la Blackwater.  Yes, the propaganda is that thinly-veiled.

The U.S. has invaded Pandora to harvest a valuable mineral beneath the earth. It is using the avatars–beings comprised of the mixed genetic material of their human operators and the alien race on Pandora–to communicate with the natives and try to get them to cooperate and sympathize with the human goals.  Each avatar is controlled by the mind of the human possessing its DNA, while the human is “sleeping” inside a computer-equipped pod.

Jake is recruited because he has the same DNA as his deceased twin and, like his brother, resembles his avatar and can connect with it. The scientists are headed up by Susan “Sigourney” Weaver who plays her typical indignant, bitchy liberal self. Weaver is mad that the military people don’t want to understand and interact with the natives and instead want to harvest minerals instead of keeping the ancient trees that interact like computers with the other beings on the planet. But Jake is secretly working for the Marine General who wants to ship in, destroy the trees and the natives, and ship out, so we can save the dying earth, where “they’ve destroyed the mother” (meaning, Mother Earth).

Ultimately, though, Jake falls in love with one of the most prominent natives, the chief’s daughter, and learns to fly his flying dragon. He begins to oppose the Marine General. But it is too late. The soldiers are ordered in to start destroying Pandora’s nature and people.

Sound exciting to you? Trust me, I’m making it even more interesting than it is. I could barely stay awake. And the 3D isn’t as great as people are saying, either. Smurf-like natives made to look like overgrown American Indians, complete with warpaint, mohawks, and long ponytails (that have computer-like USB cable tendrils in them, which can communicate with nature–ludicrous).  Does that sound like earth-shattering stuff to you? They looked like Jar Jar Binks with arrowheads.  That’s not to mention the basically topless state of the female avatars, whose nipples are barely covered by a few strategically placed threads. Nice for a PG-13 flick with audiences sure to be populated by kids galore.

Sure, it was cool to see floating mountains and different animals and plants in bright colors. But ten minutes of that was enough. I didn’t need a full-course meal of three hours of America-hatred to go with it.

And I laughed a lot . . . at times that were supposed to be serious. To me, this joke of a movie was ridiculous in its absurdity and overt hating on Western civilization.

My father used to say that one can judge the strength of capitalism and freedom in a society by the level of creativity and originality in that society. “Avatar” is yet another loud, garish example from Hollywood that capitalism and freedom in America aren’t strong at all. It’s neither original nor creative.

It’s just a long bore. And a waste of your ten bucks. Not to mention three hours you’ll never get back.

Why drive to the movies, pay for tickets, and spend hours in a dark room, when you can just as easily read Noam Chomsky or the speeches of Hugo Chavez in the comfort of your own home and couch?

Same difference.

“Avatar” is an intelligence test.  If you fell for it, you failed.


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I was watching TV the other day, and a 1950’s movie “House of Strangers” came on. It was incredible, it was real, it talked about honor, love, hatred, family, forgiveness, duty, etc..

Hollywood has become irrelevant ever since it was hijacked by those with ulterior motives.

I say watch 50’s movies, the old ones show how America once was and what it should get back to. Almost everything since then is deterioration. Sure, there are some gems, but the vast majority is pure propagandizing. It would be irresponsible, if not downright dangerous, to subject one’s mind to that repeatedly.

Bill on December 19, 2009 at 2:48 am

Nav’i carry weapons, both men and women, in public. Gun rights?

The movie champions property rights. Kelo?

An outsider, whose people threatens war, is allowed into their culture to examine it and be a part of it. the US is an Open Society? Free trade?

The movie depicts a soldier who fights for a cause that transcends his culture and race. Revolutionary war? American Civil war?

And I got all that from simply watching the trailer.

I am beginning to think that conservatives did not loose the culture war but were so blinded by their own orthodoxy that they long ago surrendered it over to the left while simultaneously shooting themselves in the leg.

Anyway as a libertarian it is hard for me to miss the blinding, if not heavy handed, allusions to liberty found in this movie.

It may be stinker and boring but the knee jerk reaction of calling it left wing is misplaced.

Joshua Corning on December 19, 2009 at 4:57 am

    Was prepared to give this one a pass Joshua…

    But I have to say you made some pretty good points. One seems to be that it helps to read/watch between the lines of the overt lefty stuff to take away what really matters in life according to some:

    Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

    Will think it over..



    mrrabbit on December 19, 2009 at 12:54 pm

It’s a 20th Century Fox movie. James Cameron has been all over the Fox Network promoting this. Fox = conservative/right. I’m thinking Fox slighted Deb in some way and this is her way of getting revenge. It’s never quite what it seems with people like her. She’s using that big ole high IQ of hers on some of you and I think it’s working. Don’t be a sheep. Think for yourself.

Brian on December 19, 2009 at 9:50 am

Saw the movie last night!

Wow excellent!

Taking my family to see it over the Christmas weekend

Justin on December 19, 2009 at 10:13 am

This gave me a huge headache – prepare for hours of 3D by doing this: Also, There’s no action until the end – a huge build-up for nothing. Like Titanic all over again…

Brant on December 19, 2009 at 10:56 am

Wow. If this film is really for the hate America crowd Sarah Palin and the Teabaggers have probably bought out every showing this weekend.

Joel on December 19, 2009 at 11:19 am

    Joel, I have no clue what you are talking about. Debbie, when the Berlin wall crumbled in November, 1989, I said at that time that what really brought about the implosion of the Soviet Union was the lack of creativity brought on by a totalitarian society. Freedom and creativity are so symbiotic that is is appreciably difficult to tease them apart. When I look at the present government that has been allowed to develop in, my country, the United States, I can clearly see this type of surpression of creativity brought on by the pathologic desire to institutionalize every profitable, individual expression in American society. I get a distinct feeling that strangers in high places want to bring us down. How they got there and why they are the way they are is open to hours of intense psychologic discussion. Sufficient to say, your father and I are on the same page.

    yeti on December 20, 2009 at 11:26 am

This sounds exactly like something we as humans would do…. because we have done it lol! It’s not hard to believe! We are greedy, egotistical and have a serious God complex. I loved the movie! Go cry somewhere else please.

Jeff on December 19, 2009 at 12:15 pm

I saw coming attractions to it at another movie and I thought just as Debbie no thanks. It is just another white bashing movie and all you people who like it just remember that when people start hating you because of movies like this.

Renee Fields on December 19, 2009 at 1:14 pm

Sorry to burst your bubble, but your dad’s area of expertise obviously wasn’t movie-critiquing-as-socio-political-commentary. Capitalism is rampantly out of control in America (see: the excessive power of corporate lobbyists, such as in the case of HMOs pressuring legislators to protect corporate interests over their constituents) while freedom has been severely compromised after years of governance by a party that has no real respect for individual rights. The result is that big studios expect to get away with cranking out films that take for granted an increasingly unsophisticated, ignorant, and easily-impressed audience.

Y’know, you crow on about the awfulness of the allusions to colonial crimes against America’s native peoples, and allusions to disrespect for the ecosystem, and allusions to war waged by private industry; and it all sounds an awful lot like you’re decrying that symbolism because you’re defending those things that the movie suggests are bad. So, are you then defending the near-ethnic cleansing of a continent, permanent environmental destruction for short-sighted economic exploitation, and handing over the very serious moral burden of war to companies that only care about their bottom line? Because if that’s what you stand for, you’re like some evil cartoon character. “Muahahaha– soon my privately run army of cyborg soldier/lumberjack/oil-drillers will have killed all the natives and scoured the landscape clean of resources that we’ll have expended in mere days!”

Ken S on December 19, 2009 at 1:33 pm


You REALLY need to read this commentary about White Guilt and Avatar:

When Will White People Stop Making Movies Like “Avatar”?

Thanks to the blog Glyphs for the link:

Fred2 on December 19, 2009 at 2:46 pm

I saw about the first half of this movie, today. I got to the one I was going to see much earlier and, since Avatar was starting, snuck in to see it. Debbie’s review is right on.

Cameron put all his time and effort into the animation because the plot is awful. The plot is so very predictable. Cameron is just repeating himself as it’s almost yet another Aliens movie.

It’s the usual Cameron anti-business plot mixed in with white guilt. The corporation/military guys are typical evil white guys, the natives on that planet are peaceful nature lovers who just can do no wrong, and then there is the main guy who sees the error of his way…..yawwwwwwwwn.

After 30 minutes I knew the exact way this movie was going to play out and end. Every character has a very defined stereotype that we’ve seen thousands of times before.

The animation is indeed great, but I don’t see how it’s supposed to be some great revolution in movie making. Disney and others are creating as good if not better animation these days.

I predict this will be a top grosser for about 2 weeks and fade big time thereafter.

Jeff W. on December 19, 2009 at 10:45 pm

In much or our races history it was kill people take land, end of story. Now it’s, “Confessions of a Economic Hit Man” meet Complete and “Total Fraud of Pharmaceutical Poisons” for a mixture of early death and huge profits inside America and out side America. USA is run by bankers and ceo’s and then way down the line, by politicians. Did you know many countries still have the Kings??? However the Kings have low / zero political powers yet still hold throwns, just like our US presidents.

If you love life, you’ll want to support it with every choice you make. Do you best and don’t get to emotional over issues…just keep doing the “green” thing and make your mark systematically. The F***ERS who kill natives all over the world are the ones in charge of you crappy, false health care. From chemical trails in the sky here to agent orange where ever they felt like dumping it. Haters Keep On Hating And Lovers Keep On Loving. Bless The Haters When You Chose To…It’s Like They Are The Greatest Teachers Proving Love Works And That Light Intimidates, Shine Brightly People!

Kharami Taraden Sunato on December 19, 2009 at 11:45 pm

Thanks for the review. I had a feeling it was another piece of left-wing propaganda.

Joshua L. on December 20, 2009 at 1:33 am

OMG! You nailed it exactly! I wish I had read this before shelling out $45 for three of us to see this complete waste of a movie. My wife did fall asleep and my 15 year old daughter was ranting about the obvious American hating as we were walking to our car after the movie. If nothing else good came out of this evening, at least it lead me to your blog! Being the freedom-loving, constitutional abiding, God honoring Americans, we are. We were completely offended by this total piece of crap! Save your money!

rayanthony on December 20, 2009 at 2:40 am

I love going to big budget flicks knowing as little about them as possible. I avoided all the trailers for Avatar and watched it as blindly as possible. At the end of the day – the ‘uber-left’ that debbie’s referring to and others have commented on is right on the money.

It was a terribly destructive aspect of the film for me. You can’t possibly know more than a single marine if you believe the people in this movie represent ‘past marines’ who once joined ‘it never leaves you’ … The plot and characters were way too thin for a project of this scale.

Very very sad and terrifically un-american. Cameron does have a right to make his films — but … how extremely disappointing. With Avatar’s setting and budget it could have been so very much more. So very disappointing.

Jason on December 20, 2009 at 5:34 am

So in other words you are for a Blackwater military industrial complex that uses ex-soldiers wo access to a level of healthcare available to the wealthy to destroy the ideals they thought they were fighting for. This movie would have easily fit into a parable for the Soviet soldiers who thought they were bringing enlightenment to the Afghanis and ended up blowing up indigenous children with bomb-rigged toys. You know the boys who survived ,came home and brought down the old Soviet government. Or is that what you and the GOP/corporate propagandists are worried about?

Pam on December 20, 2009 at 6:44 am

The 3-D effect made me want to puke – I was so dizzy

Brant on December 20, 2009 at 9:21 am

I saw AVATAR last night and agree with Debbie 100%. Damn shame, that a film with such stunning visual imagination had none storywise. Cameron lost me early with the spinal repair being to expensive for him to get his legs back on earth. What, ObamaCare hadn’t kicked in by 2154? What is Cameron trying to say?

Oh, and to those of you commenters who raved about this film and went on about evil Americans, corporations and the Iraq War, didn’t you catch the part at the end where Debbie said this was an intelligence test, and if you loved it you failed? LOL!

TheMadKing on December 20, 2009 at 10:13 am

Soooo, I suppose the Marines fail to take Pandora and I guess that means the Earth is doomed, right? No Unobtainium, no Earth? Guess Cameron forgot about all the poor, suffering masses on his home planet. If these corporations are all so evil, how come they didn’t just nuke the planet from orbit? Sound familiar? Sweep up the ashes of the trees and Na’vi, then mine the mineral, case closed. I mean, they’re using missiles, gunships, and those walkers from Aliens to wipe out the natives, so why waste all that material and instead break out the neutron bombs? Geez, I hate stupid movie plots.

gordo on December 20, 2009 at 10:24 am

Big corporations are not bad. My father worked for one, I worked for several, my partner works for one right now. With a high school diploma and trade school she makes a good living with a salary comparable to college graduates. They provide great benefits for her AND me.

But I guess working for the gov’t is better – they don’t do anything wrong and when you have a problem you can call them up and get it easily fixed. Oh and I wouldn’t get any benefits from the gov’t because I’m only a domestic partner.

This country is upside down: capitalism is bad? only gay/lesbians want to get married? having a child is less of a committment thant getting married? WTF?

sandy on December 20, 2009 at 10:27 am

Let’s see. James Cameron and the other big name hollywood directors are not really multi-millionaires, give most of the money made from these anti-american films to people who don’t have as much, and have in fact not benefitted at all from capitalism in this country. As the character Brett says in the first Alien movie,’right’.

gerob on December 20, 2009 at 12:23 pm

Pam, “You know the boys who survived ,came home and brought down the old Soviet government.”

Pam you dingbat, no “boys” brought down the Soviet government.

It was a GIANT!!!!! Yes, a giant of a man named Ronald Reagan.

Jeff W. on December 20, 2009 at 1:54 pm

I didn’t like the movie. I agree with you the story was über simple and predictable. the dialog was laughable. The CGI is so present I felt like I was watching a Pixar cartoon. There is very little real in the film.

Your idea that it is anti america, left wing film is one interpretation. It could also be symbolic for many other things. If you want to interpret it as anti american go ahead. It just ironic that the right wing and the republicans are going to be buying tickets more than any other group.

James M on December 20, 2009 at 6:05 pm

Debbie’s review confirms a hunch I had when I read the previews of the film and watched the pre-release trailers. Twisted, one-sided, leftist crap. Glad I didn’t go see it this weekend and I will not be buying it on Blu Ray or even renting it. Cameron is a total jerk, everybody who works with him can’t stand the guy. At least he was producing something worthwhile though. Until now.

Chris on December 20, 2009 at 6:19 pm

I agree. There were good moments but this was certainly a Dances with Wolves, Hotel Rwanda rehash.

The plot was really for kids. What got me was when they started singing Kumbaya together to revive someone. And that was it for me. It went from visually stunning cool movie to comedy.

They had a great concept, but they went for the majority, c-, average crowd and not the intelligent route.

Berlin Brown on December 20, 2009 at 9:28 pm

Here is some more laughable stuff and for some people this works.

If something bad happens, the blue girlfriend has to cry in this amazingly loud, obvious crying.

If something good happens, main character learns to fly or something. Cue the uplifting music and everyone cheers. Repeat, repeat. More crying.

Berlin Brown on December 20, 2009 at 9:29 pm

Wow, reading the left wing comments here makes one thing obvious: their political philosophy is as simplistic and hackneyed as Avatar’s story line!

I’m a white, male capitalist who loves big corporations and proud of it!

Stogie on December 20, 2009 at 10:45 pm

Why, oh why didn’t I read Debbie’s review before watching Dances With Jar-Jar! The preview was plenty. The film would have been much better without the Alien2-Terminator-Transformers plot. The fully-realised fantasy planet was interesting. The “marines” were just annoying. Every action was telegraphed in advance, sooo predictable, and I KNEW exactly what the dramatic finish frame would show.

Excellent review, as always!

kunarion on December 20, 2009 at 11:05 pm

I’ll wait for the DVD and rent it from red box for free. That way, I don’t have to pay for this anti-american movie.

You’ve have to love the intelligence of libs, esp. one that tells Debbie to “go cry somewhere else” for posting a movie reveiw on her own blog. LOL

bhkat on December 21, 2009 at 12:12 am

I wonder what part of cannibalism, head hunting, human sacrifice, ritual torture, slavery, and other traits native Americans had does Cameron think the evil white man should have preserved? Keep in mind Small Pox wiped out the majority of native Americans, which would have happened eventually regardless of which people’s sailors crossed the ocean first. Calling it ethnic cleansing or genocide is white guilt tripe. Correct me if I am wrong, but I missed the part where the natives stopped slitting each other’s throats long enough to band together and enact immigration laws to keep the evil foreigners out. No intentions of seeing a film that I speculate was not created for a profit as much as it was to foist a false point of view on our young.

Michael LeFavour on December 21, 2009 at 1:25 am

Avatar is an exploration into the future of 3D movies. It proves, even with the use of a new camera, that IMAX 3D isn’t for a film with a lot of camera motion. Avatar is an interesting romp into Cameron’s imagination, but audiences should really be entertained and not get nauseous halfway through the movie. For some people not used to sickening roller coaster rides or first-person-shooter video games, it may be best to just watch it in 2D.

alvinwriter on December 21, 2009 at 3:57 am

It looks too stupid to be worth the 3D headache.

Emma Morrow on December 21, 2009 at 10:01 am

JarJarhead Binks?

BlogDog on December 21, 2009 at 10:45 am

Haven’t seen it.Don’t plan to. Read that Cameron wrote it and the storyline sucked. So it’s a 3d pig movie with a one-dimension lefty-lipstick plot. And right on Deb..Pandora! Wow! Asimov,Heinlein,Bradbury and Harlan Ellison are awed by such imagination! Cameron is perpetually inflicted with writer’s block, hence the plot-clot in his movies.

boru on December 22, 2009 at 12:48 am

I found this wonderful post on IMDB by psharpless:

Once again Hollywood brings us a movie that depicts a primitive culture as someone SUPERIOR to an advanced culture.

They do this by presenting the primitive culture’s best aspects and ignoring all it’s worst aspects, while doing the exact opposite for an advanced culture, presenting it’s worst aspects and ignoring it’s best aspects.

This is at it’s most innocent dreamy hippie lala land or at it’s worst insidious political propaganda.

“They don’t want our blue jeans and light beer.”

Oh yes, that’s right. That’s by far the greatest things we have achieved right? It’s not advancements in medicine that allows people to live much more healthy, painless lives? It’s not technology that allows us to operate at a level of productivity that raises everyone’s standard of living super high. It’s not advancements in agriculture that allow us to feed billions of people that without them we couldn’t feed millions.

Yeah, we’re “raping” the planet for blue jeans and light beer, totally.

And presenting primitive cultures as somehow more peaceful is a crock. Primitive cultures are SIGNIFICANTLY more violent than advanced cultures, they’re just so BAD at it because they have no technology so they get their asses totally kicked when they try to fight a more advanced civilization, boo hoo.

And this idea that primitives are somehow more in tune with nature is huge LOL. Do you know why primitive cultures don’t exploit the earth? BECAUSE THEY DON’T KNOW HOW! If they knew how to, they would.

Long story short, primitive culture is by far inferior to an advanced culture. The only “good” aspects of a primitive culture stem directly from ignorance. If you think we should burn all our books, purge all knowledge of chemistry, biology, mathematics, and physics and go live in the woods like animals, then so be it.

Gilbert on December 22, 2009 at 1:39 am

One other thing: parts of the storyline ares quite derivative of a couple of old SF stories I’ve read from the 50s and 60s—the tall bluish critters, love between alien and Terran, the avatar mindlink technique. Possibly most of Cameron’s “creativity” has old SF for a source.

Dai Alanye on December 22, 2009 at 3:32 am

    The original Star Trek series. Kirk (William Shatner) and Spock had mind-melds and tall life-forms all the time. Shatner’s from Montreal,Quebec.Cameron’s from Kapuskasing,Ontario. Perhaps they met up sometime in Toronto.

    boru on December 22, 2009 at 5:34 am

Debbie, Debbie, I know you is busy hatin’ on the left, and I’m happy for you, and Imma let you finish, but Anne Coulter is the best far-right conspiracy theorist wackjob of all time! Of all time!

Al on December 22, 2009 at 8:27 am

I dont know what all this hype about avatar, seriously this movie is plain average. Ending is too predictable.

DCI JEAN HUNT on December 22, 2009 at 2:31 pm

“We will fight terror with terror!”
— stupidest quote of the movie Avatar.

Gorm on December 22, 2009 at 2:38 pm

Great movie. Amazing and captivating. A new generation is being inspired to see the world and its inhabitants as part of a whole as opposed to trying to take as much for yourself as possible.

Chris on December 23, 2009 at 11:05 am

First of all, I’m as left-wing as they come. I support progressive taxation, gay rights, universal healthcare and strong environmental regulation. I might as well be the Big Red Boogeyman. BOO!

I find myself in strange company right now, but whatever the politics, I can’t lie and say that this movie was any good.

The story was terrible. It was as subtle as being hit in the forehead with a hammer. The attempt to connect the movie to present-day American politics is transparent, but just in case you are baked out of your mind when you see it, they even inserted the phrase “shock and awe.” I almost started laughing out loud when I heard that, but remembered I was in a theater and choked it down.

One part tired 19th century noble savage fable, one part Pocahontas, one part Dances with Wolves, three parts absurdity. Don’t these clowns realize that portraying aboriginal people like this is insulting, racist and condescending in the extreme? I’d have walked out if I were Native American. As the absurdity of the storyline washed over me, I considered doing so for purely aesthetic reasons!

These writers (mostly rich Americans, led by an even richer Canadian) have some serious self-loathing issues. I am all for promoting ecological awareness, but the contortions they had to go to in order to make humans look completely evil and rapacious were as absurd as making the Na’vi (cute little apostrophe) look pure as the driven snow.

Gag, gag, gag! The visuals were nice, but this was the worst Sci-Fi script since “Battlefield Earth.” LOL. Maybe even worse, if you judge by calculating the number of millions spent per dry heave.

Barry N. on December 23, 2009 at 1:35 pm

Jesus, can people not just enjoy a film without trying to act intellectually superior. Just watch it and take it for what it is – don’t try and draw parallels between it and reality. It’s just a film for gods sake!

Some people need to get over themselves

joei on December 23, 2009 at 8:29 pm

Stopped reading after you mentioned Terminator Salvation as “not bad”. The reliability of this review can’t possibly be legit by someone who thinks TS was a decent movie.

Eric on December 23, 2009 at 9:10 pm

speaking as a non american i really enjoyed the film.. possibly because i didnt have all that baggage that a lot of the guys here are lugging around.

andy on December 24, 2009 at 12:24 am

One of the things that perturbed me the most about this film was the continued demonization of Blackwater.

The left often angrily condemns private contractors as a “perversion” without explaining exactly why. Afterall, mercenaries have been used by almost every nation in the world in almost every conflict since the beginning of recorded history up until the modern day. In fact, George Wasghington and his men captured 800 German mercenaries under the command of a British officer after the famous crossing of the Delaware on Christmas morning almost 233 years ago to the day.

And the labeling of Blackwater operators as mercenaries is itself derogatory. The founder of Blackwater, Eric Prince, is himself a former U.S. Navy SEAL who doesn’t simply sell dark assassins to the highest bidder. Instead he works soley for the U.S. government providing a number of services such as VIP protection (of which they have a flawless record) and top notch tactical training facilities for a number of U.S. government agencies.

Blackwater primarily hires former members of the U.S. special operations community such as SEALs, Rangers, Green Berets, CIA, etc. Indeed, many of these modern “mercenaries” are regarded by many as being some of our finest Americans.

The attempts to demonzie Blackwater and other similar private contractors are also astonishingly desperate. Accidentally killing civilians in the midst of pitched combat engagments isn’t a unique experience to the private contractors unfortunately. And bringing up tabloid worthy smears such as wife swapping allegations is shameful. Blackwater operators may engage in wife swapping but so do golfers.

As a conservative I tend to believe that the private sector does almost everything in a superior manner as compared the government. And if your goal is to kill as many Islamofascists as possible while instilling fear into their would-be followers and admirers in order to prevent the need for additional violence then Blackwater is worth every penny – and a raised beer.

Marsh on December 24, 2009 at 10:22 am

you know, debbie, america and the majority of the western world HAS succumbed to imperialism and hateful acts in the past. let us all learn from our earlier mistakes and continue working for equality and fighting injustice rather than closing our eyes to the fact that things similar to these things DID happen. if anyone does hate america, it’s because of ignorant people like you.

sivadnadia on December 24, 2009 at 4:11 pm

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