January 23, 2007, - 4:21 pm

Sundance Brings You “Why America Sucks”: 3 Anti-American Films on Iraq, Niece of Club Ted (Kennedy)

By Debbie Schlussel
Yaaaawn. The Sundance Film Festival is back. And Bobby Redford and friends bring you their annual host of anti-American cinematic crap.
This year there are three–THREE!–anti-U.S.-in-Iraq films. Based on the Salt Lake Tribune’s description, it’s fair to say they defame our troops, too.
Especially, “Ghosts of Abu Ghraib, ” by Rory Kennedy, the niece of Club Ted (Kennedy) and the daughter of RFK. She’s the one whose wedding her cousin JFK, Jr. and wife were flying when they went kerplunk. Listen to the essence of her “documentary”:


Rory Kennedy, John Cusack:

Sundance Brings You America’s New National Psycho-Analysts

Kennedy said her first interest was “exploring the topic of why ordinary people commit extraordinary acts of evil,” particularly in acts of genocide. But seeing the horrific images of prisoners abused at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison got her asking, “How could Americans do this? Who were the people who did this? And why would they have done it?”
When Kennedy interviewed the people on the ground, those who either took part in or witnessed the abuse, she got the same answer. “Each one said pretty much the same thing, which was, ‘I did it because I was told to do it,'” Kennedy said.
That answer moved Kennedy from making a psychological profile to a dive into investigative journalism, connecting the existing evidence of who ordered what from the G.I.s in Abu Ghraib up the chain of command, ultimately to the policies of President Bush and then-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.
That kind of introspection is what Kennedy hopes will come from her documentary.
“To me, the film’s not just about Abu Ghraib. The film is about who we are as Americans,” said Kennedy, sounding a bit like her relatives.

What?! Who we are as Americans? We’re torturers because a few people were in a hooded pyramid? Puh-leeze.

“There have been decisions made in the last few years, particularly in the face of 9/11 and the threat of terrorism. And I think there are real implications to those decisions that have very real material effect that we have to come to terms with – and I think Abu Ghraib is part of that. . . .”

Does the pyschobabble in America ever end? Her family has a few bucks and she was born with the famous last-name–and suddenly she’s the country’s psycho-analyst laureate?!
Just one question. Which Islamic terrorist group gave the Kennedy chick the financing for this absurdity?
Memo to Rory: Abu Ghraib happened several years ago. Some people wore hoods It is over. Move on.
And when is your documentary about Nicholas Berg, Matt Maupin, etc. being produced? Just curious. Oh, yeah–you didn’t care enough to make one.
The other two movies sound just as bad:

Images of Bush and Rumsfeld pop up occasionally in “Grace Is Gone,” like an early scene in which [John] Cusack’s character walks in on his 12-year-old daughter, Heidi (Shelan O’Keefe), surreptitiously watching the evening news.
Cusack said he had been looking to make a movie about the Iraq war, and Strouse came to him with the “Grace Is Gone” script at just the right time. Cusack said he was intrigued by playing Stanley, a political conservative who loses his wife to the war he supported.
“We pour so much concrete into our belief systems, and we absolutely bet everything that has to be the way it is,” Cusack said. “And I think the universe has a way of shocking us into opening our hearts again.”

What?! Americans’ hearts are not open? Give me a break. Their hearts are very open, as evidenced by the fact that this idiot still has a high-paid acting career.

While Cusack called the film “a bit of a Rorschach test” of people’s views about the war [he stressed that the] movie is a drama, not a political speech.

The other anti-Iraq movie in the trio is

Charles Ferguson’s documentary “No End in Sight,” is described in the festival’s film guide as a “surgical analysis” of Bush administration failures in conducting the Iraq war and occupation.

It’s narrated by actor Campbell Scott. Sounds like a real exciting moviegoing experience. Not.

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11 Responses

“Kennedy said her first interest was “exploring the topic of why ordinary people commit extraordinary acts of evil,”
Hmmmmm, why didn’t she start with a movie about Uncle Ted and Chappaquiddick? She might generate some credibility with that one.

WillPower on January 23, 2007 at 4:54 pm

Oops, my bad. Of course, Uncle Ted isn’t ‘ordinary people’, is he.

WillPower on January 23, 2007 at 4:57 pm

If and when a Kennedy actually investigates and critiques her drunk uncle Ted. However and this is a big one, I will not hold my breath for this to ever occur as we all know that a Kennedy can do no wrong, wether it’s bootleggiing of liquor or failure to report a crime.

Islamsnotforme on January 23, 2007 at 8:20 pm

Luckily you picked a good source to summarize. Mr. Meams (SLTRIB.com) Is one of the best film critics I’ve ever come across, Second only to one or two from KCRW (Santa Monica)…
He’s open to merits of both sides on topics, and cover material that is often not popular in his local ADI, due to a conservative religious populous that would not endorse a lot of what he says, think “The last Temptation of Christ”, or “Brokeback Mountain.”
One note of irony the paper is owned by this religious organization. Is this a personal opinion site? Or journalism, there seems to be a definite bias.
Have you been to Sundance before, to see its films, notably the ones that fit your background. It can really change an opinion, of the film, when you can ask the Director / Actors questions.

iriedodge on January 23, 2007 at 8:34 pm

I am from Europe. I would like to know why Americans want to take over the world? You people seem very evil. Americans are hated all over Europe. Death to America. It must be burned. The USA kills the poor and minority children to give to the rich imperialists. Why is America so evil, Debbie? Please explain.

Jovent on January 23, 2007 at 11:19 pm

Because a moviemaker makes a movie questioning our policies in Iraq, you think it is “fair” to say they “defame” the troops? I guess that’s “fair” in a Fox News sort of way.
You haven’t even seen the movies. You read a newspaper article, and you hold an incredibly incorrect and hateful assumption that those who oppose the war in Iraq also hate the troops. Debbie, if we hated the troops, we wouldn’t care what was happening to them in Iraq, much less make movies about it. Stop telling lies about what is in our hearts.
I have opposed the Iraq War since before it began. I have never defamed the troops. I respect them, support them, and pray for them all to come home safe and sound, just like the vast majority of Americans opposed to the war.
I found out tonight that my 20 year-old nephew will be deployed to Iraq in April. As his godfather, I held him when he was baptized. I used to watch cartoons with him and sit on the stairs to talk to him when he needed comforting. I support him 100%, and don’t you dare assume otherwise just because I oppose the war.
I wonder when Jenna and Barbara are going to be put in harm’s way.

NoHaters on January 24, 2007 at 2:40 am

Your post is hilarious!
On the off chance you are serious, I note that while Americans are ‘hated all over Europe’ (Are you authorized to speak for all 300,000,000 Europeans?) the American $$ seems quite welcome.
As to taking over the world, you should study European history. It was your beloved continent which attempted to colonize the entire world. You also need to do some research on WW II and the Marshall Plan.
The real hatred lies in Europe which has become so weak and decadent that it sees good as evil and evil as good.

WillPower on January 24, 2007 at 2:52 am

great picture of rory kennedy debbie instead of doing movies those kennedy kids should get involved why they are have bad dental work. with all the money they have and most of them dont work they should have spent joe senior money a lot more wisely

PNAMARBLE on January 24, 2007 at 5:27 am

Yes, Debbie you are right on with this.
To the Haters-she doesn’t have to see the films (especially at Sundance, what a nightmare) to know what they are about! Oh, and the ego stroking these “filmmakers” get when they get to answer questions from the audience. That will *really* shed light on the films.
Too bad about John Cusack, I didn’t know what a lib he was. A Rorschach test? No. He’s made a lib (anti-war) movie and a way to avoid responsibility for it is to say it’s a Rorschach, a projective test. So, we will all see in it what we want to see. Avoidant.
I would like to ask Rory who she is as an American? She also uses all kinds of psychological terminology to act like she is making a thoughtful and thought provoking movie, you know to get us dummies to think about what we do. You know, us Americans aren’t introspective enough. Well, it’s a political hack job within the psychological b.s. I have a word for her, narcissism. And another word for both of them-denial. Denial of what we are up against.

CarpeDiem on January 24, 2007 at 10:16 am

Don’t worry your precious little ole heart, Jovent. America is too busy asking “How could Americans do this? Who were the people who did this? And why would they have done it?” to take over the world.
Why would we want dirty, nasty Europe, anyway? France? Eh, keep your stinky cheese and rude girly men. England? No thanks, we kicked them out years ago and don’t need a tampon wannabe prince. Italy?, we have plenty of Pizza Huts. Really, I can’t think of one single European country America would want.
We are hated all over Europe? How am I going to sleep at night?!?
Why is Europe such crybabies, Debbie? Please explain that.

Jeff_W on January 24, 2007 at 11:19 am

Jeff W. Are you not of European decent? I see some self-hatred there. Americans are very lazy and ignorant. We Europeans have the greatest scientist of all time. America has slavery. No contry has an evil of that magnitude. You just let the blacks vote a little over 40 years ago. And now your cops shoot them for fun. The US has a higher crim rate than any other western country. You also have the highest prison population. Like I said before, America must be burned if we all want to save humanity. GW Bush is more evil than Saddam and Osama combined. Iraq will be a much worse country then before you conquers invaded and took their oil. Don’t Americans understand why not just Europe, but the whole world hates you. F*** Amrica.

Jovent on January 24, 2007 at 6:32 pm

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