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War Made Easy: How Presidents & Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death - documentary DVD review
WAR MADE EASY: HOW PRESIDENTS AND PUNDITS KEEP SPINNING US TO DEATH Not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America rating: 4 stars
Featuring: Norman Solomon, Sean Penn
Directors: Loretta Alper and Jeremy Earp   Distributor: The Disinformation Company
DVD release: 25 March 2008   Runtime: 72 min. (1 disc)
Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC, Widescreen
DVD Features: Languages (English), Subtitles, Previews

War Made Easy: How Presidents & Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death seeks to reveal how the American public is time and again bamboozled into supporting wars in foreign lands using a time-tested formula. First the proposed enemy is vilified, quite often by comparing him to Hitler, conveniently forgetting that we were once pals with these Hitlers. Second, the public is assured that we aren't seeking to use military force and will only use it as a last resort. Third, we will do this to promote freedom, liberty, peace and democracy. Of course peace can only be achieved through war (we will be welcomed as liberators).

Author Norman Solomon, author of the book of the same name, is interviewed and archive footage is used to support his theories. I must say his theories are pretty convincing. Solomon points out how the so-called Liberal MediaT seemingly works as an agent of the administration to rally up support for war against the foe. The US media merely regurgitates what White House, Pentagon, US Officials and others tell us about the situations leading to war, whereas foreign press gets their hands dirty and work at getting to the truth. The mainstream media taps government sources as their primary sources of information. The government officials blow smoke and deceive us to get us to support their actions, and we just take what they say as fact.

I recall the time leading up to the war in Iraq. I remember being very skeptical about the whole deal. No WMDs were found, and I thought it was a bunch of bull until Colin Powell came on television to convince me otherwise. He was so trustworthy, and at this time I can't imagine why. Hero of the last war, I guess. That was the moment I was deceived. I can say it won't happen again, but I'm not the only one who shouldn't be fooled. We trust our newspeople, and they let us down by directly channeling the government and suggesting possible military options. They show off fabulous war technology, and the president asks us to shop as much as possible (shop online when the terror alert mind control device gets redder).

This is an excellent film and should be seen several times. Why not once a month? This information needs to be reinforced on a regular basis. We need to be skeptical of our news sources and seek the truth about these bullshit military actions. Not surprisingly, this film is narrated by Sean Penn, who I think has been onto this for a while. The only thing I would recommend is more interviewees supporting the data. I know it was Solomon's book, but seeing his as the only interviews in this film gives the material less weight. Remember the skepticism?
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reviewed by Eric Renshaw
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