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Yes, Act of Valor Is Propaganda – But What

Glorious Propaganda!

posted at 3:36 am on February 28, 2012 by

Let’s mull and contemplate a movie about a new kind of warfare, and the new, informal, ad-hoc, improvisational kind of men who fight that new kind of war.

Let’s make a movie with no real plot in the classic sense, no growth in the characters, no mental or emotional breakdowns. A movie where nobody ever questions his own morality in defending his country. A movie where, when a compadre is killed in battle, the others just carry on the fight, instead of crouching over the body and erupting into hysterical melodrama.

One where, in a supreme coup of “patriotism,” the director hires actors who are actually current or former military personnel, from the very same kind of unit portrayed in the film. How little, patriotic hearts must go pitter-pat at such indulgence!

By all means, let’s show the unenlightened booboisie, the American people, a movie comprising one victorious battle after another, even though we all know the overarching campaign is a lost cause. Never mind the inarguable facts; show the popcorn munchers a movie where the men are always willing to make “sacrifices,” and where the United States is always the good guy who will ultimately triumph, no matter how bad things may look.

Even when there’s a setback, by all means, show us only soldiers who suck it up and do it better next time — and without the weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth that constitutes drama in the minds of sophisticated New York film crickets. No doubts, no introspection, no existential angst; how is that realistic? How does that show the inevitable bestialization of the warmongers?

A movie with no “boy meets girl” or even “boy meets boy” love story, and where alternative lifestyles simply don’t exist! A movie where men are men (as if gender can ever truly be deterministic), and men don’t discover their feminine side or the inherent inequality of traditional marriage. Heck, a movie where wives refuse to cry until after their husbands or boyfriends have left, because they don’t want to “burden their men” with worry when they’re about to go on a deadly mission.

Yeah, a movie like that. How nice. Just lousy, damned propaganda; rah-rah, flag-waving Americanism. How disgusting. It’s nothing but anti-art; what kind of a brainwashed, mind-melded moron would want to see that garbage? What’s the real point… to bump up military-recruitment stats? Make it seem that war can ever be noble? To “lift morale,” for cripes’ sake? What a low and vulgar consciousness that bespeaks. Who could possibly imagine the brilliant lights of cinema paying even the slightest attention to such “all-American” bubblegum like that.

What film critic could possibly praise trash like — trash like — I forget, what’s the name of that filthy piece of propaganda we’re talking about?

Oh yeah: Films like They Were Expendable (1945), about those crazy, new, fast, maneuverable, and barely armored PT boats, which took on Japanese cruisers and destroyers in the Philippines during World War II. The movie starred, and was partially directed by, Lt. Commander Robert Montgomery (who actually commanded a PT boat during the war) and John Wayne — two conservative Republicans — along with liberal Democrat Donna Reed. It’s considered a classic film today.

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The war against radical Islamism has never been “Barack H. Obama’s war,” despite the fact that he is the current Commander in Chief — and despite the fact that, as he brags at the drop of a hijab, he is the man who “got” Osama bin Laden. (Oh, sure, the CIA and the SEALs were the ones who actually tracked bin Laden for years, infiltrated into the wilds of Pakistan, hunted him down, entered his compound, took out his bodyguards, and pulled the trigger to send him to the boiling pitch of Jahannam… acting on orders under a program initiated by George W. Bush. But Obama signed the order! Clearly, he deserves the lion’s share of the credit.) But that war was never Obama’s war.

No, the war against radical Islamism has always been seen as Bush’s war… hence good liberals see it as unalloyed evil, folly, and madness. Any movie extolling the virtues of its warriors is, by definition, propaganda.

Inexplicably, liberals have never affixed that libelous label to the heroes of Roosevelt’s war. After all, that’s totally different.

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Kind of disturbing that HA would be praising this movie…if the terrorist was an avowed Christian/Catholic, would HA be praising this movie…well of course not.

It it always OK to diss the Jews, but never the Christians or Muslims… Not happy about this

From Debbie Schlussel:

There’s been a lot of hype surrounding “Act of Valor,” and, sad to say, I bought into it until I saw the movie and couldn’t have been more disgusted and outraged. But none of the hype tells you that at the heart of the movie is major anti-Semitism. Gee, I wonder why the “But You’re Jewish!” line isn’t in the trailer. The movie features a Russian Jewish millionaire, “Christos” (played by Ukrainian actor Alex Veadov) as a terrorist mastermind who kills a CIA agent, kidnaps and tortures another CIA agent, and then helps a friend of his smuggle jihadists wearing bomb belts into the United States from Mexico in a plot “100 times bigger than 9/11.” Um, how many Russian Jewish billionaires are illegal alien smugglers into America’s southern border? None. Juan and Jesus ain’t exactly Russian Jewish names. But why let the facts get in the way of this government-approved anti-Semitic propaganda, right?

Act of Valor OUTRAGE: Navy SEALs Movie’s Terrorist is . . . JEWISH (Tortures, Murders CIA Agents, Smuggles Jihadists into U.S.) http://www.debbieschlussel.com/47577/outrage-navy-seals-movies-terrorist-is-jewish-tortures-murders-cia-agents-smuggles-jihadists-into-u-s/#more-47577 via @addthis

georgealbert on February 28, 2012 at 8:14 AM

Who could possibly imagine the brilliant lights of cinema paying even the slightest attention to such “all-American” bubblegum like that.

Me.
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As long as it isn’t a remake of Invasion USA

cozmo on February 28, 2012 at 8:44 AM

georgealbert on February 28, 2012 at 8:14 AM

LOL Debbie Schlussel

Sekhmet on February 28, 2012 at 8:56 AM

If we can have home grown jihadis, then the Jews can have international drug smuggling, terrorist supplying bad guys. They already gave us Soros why not someone like Christo who I’m sure didn’t go to the Temple.
The movie is great. It portrays our guys as highly trained and willing to do what it takes to keep us safe. Glad they’re on our side.

Kissmygrits on February 28, 2012 at 9:34 AM

But why let the facts get in the way of this government-approved anti-Semitic propaganda, right?

Dear Debbie,

Puh-leez… I’m sure we could write a script about a Baptist redneck terrorist and no one would say “boo” about it, and dear leader would trumpet it as a prime example of right wing extremism. Not that the FBI isn’t throwing a lot of resources into that very “threat” already.

Turtle317 on February 28, 2012 at 9:43 AM

Comments are exactly as I expected from un-American bigots..

georgealbert on February 28, 2012 at 9:46 AM

GeorgeAlbert,

For the love of YWEH!

This movie is NOT anti-Semitic in ANY WAY. AT ALL.

Stop being so loud about your stuff, until you see it for yourself… Otherwise – to everyone who HAS seen it you’re just looking silly…

Kevin McCullough on February 28, 2012 at 9:53 AM

@McCullough…Does Debbie have her facts wrong? Please explain

I heard lots of folks say that the passion of the christ was not anti-semitic too…

I will see it, but Debbie has been pretty good with movie reviews so I would need to know where she gets it wrong

georgealbert on February 28, 2012 at 10:02 AM

Stop being so loud about your stuff, until you see it for yourself… Otherwise – to everyone who HAS seen it you’re just looking silly…

Kevin McCullough on February 28, 2012 at 9:53 AM

Did you see Pamela Geller’s review, Kevin? Normally I think she does Yeoman’s work, but she missed the mark by a country mile this time.

gryphon202 on February 28, 2012 at 10:04 AM

Couldn’t agree more. They should have played the Amish terrorist angle instead.

sewer urchin on February 28, 2012 at 11:02 AM

This movie must also be Anti-Filipino since the ones strapping the bombs on were Filipinos, and it must be anti-women since the ones making the vests were women (old women at that too), and anti-Mexican since the cartel guys helping the terrorists were Mexican. The movie must also be anti-tunnel since the terrorists were entering the US using tunnels. It must also be anti-milk since the tunnels were in a milk production plant.

My my my, what a negative movie this was.

joejmz on February 28, 2012 at 12:02 PM

See it and make up your own mind.

Joe Mama on February 28, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Um, how many Russian Hungarian Jewish billionaires are illegal alien smugglers into America’s southern border trying to destroy democracies via currency manipulations? At least None. Juan and Jesus George Soros ain’t exactly Russian Hungarian Jewish names. But why let not the facts get into the way of this government-approved anti-Semitic propaganda, right?

Act of Valor OUTRAGE: Navy SEALs Movie’s Terrorist is . . . JEWISH (Tortures, Murders CIA Agents, Smuggles Jihadists into U.S.) http://www.debbieschlussel.com/47577/outrage-navy-seals-movies-terrorist-is-jewish-tortures-murders-cia-agents-smuggles-jihadists-into-u-s/#more-47577 via @addthis
georgealbert on February 28, 2012 at 8:14 AM

FIFY You’re a one-note oytrage. Over what? That it’s just as legitimate to portray Jews as bad guys, as it would be to portray Chechens, Arabs, Germans, Peruvians, Americans or any other ethnic/national person as the antagonist?

History is equally replete with bad, self-hating Jews as any other group. Go get some new talking points, because your rantings won’t pull AOV down.

AH_C on February 28, 2012 at 1:44 PM

georgealbert on February 28, 2012 at 8:14 AM

Please wipe your chin, I can still see where you had your own “encounter” with Michael Moore…

lovingmyUSA on February 28, 2012 at 3:28 PM

Comments are exactly as I expected from un-American bigots..

georgealbert on February 28, 2012 at 9:46 AM
george…do you know WHY she’s calle Debbie “Downer”??? Of course not, it’s hard reading when you are on your knees, you pathetic excuse for a jew defender!

lovingmyUSA on February 28, 2012 at 3:31 PM

Umm, Judas was a Jew…just saying…

lovingmyUSA on February 28, 2012 at 3:32 PM

I saw it yesterday[Monday 27]. It brought tears to my heart. The American Military call to duty and each other was personified. It is typical of the usual suspects to badmouth it. Any organization that has a “standard” and “beliefs” needs to be denigrated and torn down. It made me proud to have been in the military and happy to see that there are still producers out there that want to show what is good about my country and the people who are willing to give their lives for goodness and what is right. I want to be a SEAL in my next life.

retiredeagle on February 28, 2012 at 4:48 PM

I stopped readding Schlussel some time ago. She is a rabid nut.

Hard Right on February 28, 2012 at 5:14 PM

I wish someone would tell me how the folks who critical of this movie, or heck, why not be truthful, down riht hate the men and women in uniform, fail to see that it is the very folks they hate, that give them the right to voice that hatred. We have no rights without a military. Tell me, georgealbert, how??? And yes, I am a proud, but highly educated, Redneck and a veteran of two wars.

Claimsratt on February 28, 2012 at 7:34 PM