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I am officially parting company with you on this one. The movie was a long, grotesque slog exculpating the fact that we are torturing and murder Muslims in their own countries, and crowing about it besides. The White Man's Burden, indeed.

Though it's not particularly well-written, this description of the film at Counterpunch today comes a lot closer to the film's reality than your "gee whiz, what a well-made action film" and it's not REALLY a pro-torture movie apologia:

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Mike, I really don't see how all that repeated Abu Ghraib imagery exculpates torture. And I think the ending does the opposite of crowing. Plus, guy, you know me. I am the kind of person who uses the phrase gee whiz seriously. There's no gee whizzing here.

I still contend that the anger being directed at Bigelow is displaced anger that should be directed at Obama for failing to fully prosecute Bush and Cheney and others for torture. I have a terrible feeling that Obama's decision that was meant to quell anger from the right is going to come back and bite us on the behind.

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