[Marxism] Karen Greenberg, How Zero Dark Thirty Brought Back the Bush Administration

Louis Proyect 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.
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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?


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