[Marxism] Karen Greenberg, How Zero Dark Thirty Brought Back the Bush Administration
lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Jan 11 06:37:15 MST 2013
Tomgram: Karen Greenberg, How Zero Dark Thirty Brought Back the Bush
Posted by Karen J. Greenberg at 9:13AM, January 10, 2013.
Follow TomDispatch on Twitter @TomDispatch.
We got Osama bin Laden -- and now, for millions of Americans, we’ll get
him again onscreen as Zero Dark Thirty hits your neighborhood multiplex.
Lauded and criticized, the film’s the talk of the town. But it’s
hardly the only real-life CIA film that needed to be made. Here, for
the record, are five prospective films, all potentially suspenseful, all
involving CIA daring-do, and all with plenty of opportunities for blood
and torture, that are unlikely to make it into those same multiplexes in
your lifetime. Let’s start with the CIA’s 1953 coup against Iranian
Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh, whose democratically elected
government had nationalized the country’s oil industry. What a story!
It couldn’t be oilier, involving BP in an earlier incarnation, the CIA,
British intelligence, bribery, secretly funded street demonstrations,
and (lest you think there’d be no torture in the film) the installation
of an autocratic regime that would create a fearsome secret police and
torture opponents for decades to come. All of this was done in the name
of what used to be called “the Free World.” That “successful” coup was
the point of origin for just about every disaster and bit of “blowback”
-- a term first used in the CIA’s secret history of the coup -- in
U.S.-Iranian relations to this day. Many of the documents have been
released and whatta story it turned out to be! Hollywood, where are you?
More information about the Marxism