September 11, 2007, - 1:48 pm

OUTRAGE: “Valley of Elah” Movie Viciously Defames American Troops

By Debbie Schlussel
If you’re mad about the idea of Brian DePalma and Marc Cuban’s new “Redacted” movie (which portrays American soldiers who allegedly raped an Iraqi girl and killed her family), then you should be even more angry about “In the Valley of Elah,” in theaters Friday in parts of the country (nationwide, the following week).
Unlike “Redacted,” it’s not really based on the true story that it highly exaggerates (yes, a career military father tries to determine who killed his son, an Iraq war vet murdered by a suicidal fellow soldier, but the bad behavior is baloney). Pure fiction. Although I can’t post my full review about “Elah” (which I’ve already written) until Friday, I can tell you about the outrageous and highly objectionable portrayal of our troops. Here’s what happens in the movie:

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Tommy Lee Jones & Charlize Theron Lie About & Defame Our Troops

* American soldiers–in this film, they’re in the Army–who serve in Iraq are portrayed as drug-crazed prostitute patrons.
* American soldiers who serve in Iraq are portrayed as murderers, not just of Iraqis, but of each other. Yes, they betray their fellow troops in the worst way imaginable. (But, in real life, the killer was mentally ill, not portrayed that way in this movie.)
* American soldiers who serve in Iraq are portrayed as vicious torturers of Iraqis for sport and fun, videotaping it all the while. We’re not talking about naked, hooded pyramids here. No, this stuff is worse. We see American soldiers’ videotapes of themselves pretending to play doctor with wounded, helpless Iraqi civilians. They ask them “where it hurts.” Then, they stick their fingers into the wounds to make the Iraqis writhe and scream in agony.
* American soldiers who serve in Iraq are portrayed as having zero respect for Iraqi civilians’ lives. We see footage they shot of themselves sticking silly or funny-faced stickers on dead Iraqis mangled bodies.
Been there, seen that. It’s called “Spitoon,” er . . . “Platoon.” But this one is arguably far worse.
Yep, that’s the latest Tommy Lee Jones/Susan Sarandon/Charlize Theron flick written and directed by “Crash”/”Million Dollar Baby‘s” Paul Haggis. I guess with these uber-leftist, hate-America-above-all celebs, we shouldn’t be surprised in the least.
Oh, and by the way, Tommy Lee Jones putting the flag permanently upside down in a distress signal isn’t exactly pro-American either.
If I were an American soldier–and I am the daughter of a retired U.S. Army Captain who served during Vietnam–I would boycott films made by these individuals. They clearly have no respect for our soldiers, living or dead.
It adds insult to injury that this movie comes out just after the sixth anniversary of 9/11. It’s high quality Bin Laden cinema.
Maybe he can add it to his list of fave authors and flicks, along with Noam Chomsky, Michael Scheuer, and “Fahrenheit 9/11.”

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7 Responses

I won’t spend a dime on anything that goes against our fine military – these people need and deserve our support and prayers. Thanks for all you do Debbie.

redtop on September 11, 2007 at 3:18 pm

We are talking about Charlize Theiron, here Debbie. This woman is not fit to live in this country. She openly praises Fidel Castro and his tyrannical dictatorship, has visited there many times and is used by the Castro propoganda/PR machine, and has bashed American foreign policy and the American military as a second career. She really ought to just return to her native South Africa or move to Cuba. It would be good riddance to bad rubbish.
This is again an example of an easily manipulated, emotionally and intellectually stunted celebrity who allows her bias and disdain for America to slip into every movie.
[I KNOW. I WROTE ABOUT HER CUBA CRAP. THAT'S WHY I SAID WE SHOULDN'T BE SURPRISED BY THIS.
DS]

JasonBourne81 on September 11, 2007 at 3:28 pm

If I remember correctly, Tommy Lee Jones was roommates with Albert Gore, Jr. when they were undergrads at Harvard.

Jeremiah on September 11, 2007 at 4:15 pm

Debbie,
The disdain Hollywood has for our military is on par with how the MSM feels about the men and women who serve our country. Terry Moran, ABC White House reporter was interviewed by Hugh Hewitt on his radio program May 19th 2005 and said the following, Ôø?There is, Hugh, I agree with you, a deep anti-military bias in the media. One that begins from the premise that the military must be lying and that American projection of power around the world must be wrong. I think that that is a hangover from Vietnam, and I think itÔø?s very dangerous.Ôø?
Our brave men and women are at war with the most brutal enemy this country has ever faced but members of the Democrat Party, the MSM and Hollywood still questions the whether we should be in Iraq. The anti-war crowd would be well served if they read what former Senator and 9-11 Commission member, Bob Kerrey (D) said right after 9-11. He said, Ôø?We must remove Saddam and his threat to the West and the Middle East.Ôø? In an article this May titled, Ôø?The LeftÔø?s Iraq Muddle,Ôø? Mr. Kerrey wrote, Ôø?Yes, Iraq is central to the fight against Islamic radicalismÔø?Let me restate the case for this Iraq war from the U.S. point of view. The U.S. led an invasion to overthrow Saddam Hussein because Iraq was rightly seen as a threat following Sept. 11, 2001. For two decades we had suffered attacks by radical Islamic groups but were lulled into a false sense of complacency because all previous attacks were Ôø?over there.Ôø? It is our nation and our people who had been identified by Osama bin Laden as the Ôø?head of the snake.Ôø? But suddenly Middle Eastern radicals had demonstrated extraordinary capacity to reach our shores.Ôø?
http://www.opinionjournal.com/editorial/feature.html?id=110010107
Jeremiah,
You’re right they were roommates and if my memory serves me right, TL Jones introduced Gore at the Democratic convention in 2000.

dances with trout on September 11, 2007 at 4:42 pm

More sick people.

steve ventry on September 12, 2007 at 9:41 am

Hmm…good thing this movie’s FICTION!

mxmat2 on September 12, 2007 at 8:51 pm

Your troops are not heroes – Wounded Knee, No Gun Ri, My Lai, Abu Ghraib, Maywand District Murders – lets gloss over these and just stick with the idea that everyone wearing a US uniform is a hero.

You even seem to minimise Abu Ghraib as a naked hooded pyramid as if it was all a bit of fun. Your line of reasoning sounds familiar – anything done by USA = freedom, anything by troops of another uniform = butchery. Fascist springs to mind.

garry brown on November 5, 2014 at 5:28 am

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