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What a bunch of ninnies …

by richard chittick

Right from the start, Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 9/11” attacks President George W. Bush, making him and his cabinet members all look like inane ninnies. And it never lets go of the premise that having inane ninnies running our country is a bad thing.The first 10 minutes of the movie is a tour of the mainstream media’s presentation of our political leaders, as hairstylists carefully manicure Bush’s hair before he goes live before our nation. At one point, Paul Wolfowitz is seen styling his own hair by licking his comb and spit-shining his bangs.

The scenes provide for comic relief before the movie ever gets disturbing, which is a good thing, because this movie gets disturbing. Breaking away from the media clips, Moore dives right into what the movie is about by dramatizing the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks with the sound, but no images, of the terrible moments when two planes slammed into the World Trade Center, filling the room. The next scene is a sequence of horrified New Yorkers staring up into a cloud of dust and office paper. Then Moore unveils his scathing critique on the way the administration handled the attacks and the way it eventually led to the war on Iraq, a war that Moore very clearly outlines as unnecessary.

From the blank stare on Bush’s face when Andrew Card tells him the country was under attack, in front of a room full of schoolchildren, to the way a Michigan mother deals with the loss of her son in the war, the movie leaves nothing untouched.It explores intriguing connections between the Bush family and Osama Bin Laden’s family, and it explores the ill-founded logic behind Bush’s decision to wage war. All of the footage is either filmed by Moore or culled from hours of footage shot by the American media since Bush took office.As outlandish as some of the quotes seem, they are coming right out of the mouths of our country’s leaders.

Moore uses a number of devices to get his message across, from sarcastic humor to brutal war footage that looks like it might have been filmed for “Black Hawk Down.” Though at times it is impossible to separate Moore’s biases from his message, this movie paints a fairly bright, if not rosy, picture of what the Bush administration is doing wrong. Richard Chittick can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 236 or at rchittick@summitdaily.com.


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