David Chavarria, producer of “Outside the Wire,” appeared on Hannity & Colmes Friday evening to discuss what’s in the documentary. The first question from liberal co-host Alan Colmes was: “Is this a political film, are you trying to make a political statement here or just trying to show footage of what’s going on?” Leave it up to Alan Colmes to immediately politicize everything. Chavarria made it clear that the movie was not making a “political statement.” However, Colmesy insisted that there was and continued to ask him in a different fashion while pointing out how bad the situation in Iraq is.
I transcribed the portion of the interview with Alan Colmes:
ALAN COLMES, CO-HOST FOX’S “HANNITY & COLMES”: Is this a political film, are you trying to make a political statement here or just trying to show footage of what’s going on? What is the mission of this film?
DAVID CHAVARRIA, “OUTSIDE THE WIRE” PRODUCER: Well the reason why we made the film was to give an in-depth look at what a full tour of Marines — of what they go through. J.D. sent me the email back in December of 2004 and said “I want to go over and I want to make a documentary of my old reserve Marine Corps and so he asked me to help him and I did. And the main focus wasn’t to be political it just was to show what the Marines are going through over there.
COLMES: Is there a sense though and I keep hearing — you know, I’m very much anti-war and I hear those who are for this policy saying the soldiers are negatively affected by the debate in this country, morale is being hurt because we’re debating in the United States whether or not they should even be there? Did this come up?
CHAVARRIA: It comes up in conversations, not necessarily during the documentary. The Marines do talk about why they’re there and what they think their mission is and they a belief in what they’re doing.
COLMES: And what do they think their mission is?
CHAVARRIA: Well they think their mission is to help Iraq become a democracy and in the documentary they say that they’re over their to prevent another 9/11. They rather be over there in Iraq, fighting —
COLMES: Well, I keep hearing that argument, but that would predispose “I rather be over there than over here.” Every terrorist that wants to kill us is over there and in terms of creating another democracy, even the administration has backed off that as the original mission and now simply saying we want to stay there long enough to have Iraq handle it’s own security. The idea of actually creating a democracy in our image has long since passed what they thought they could accomplish in Iraq.
CHAVARRIA: Well, I’m just telling you what they said in the documentary, Alan. I’m not trying to make any political statement. I’m just telling you what they said and that’s what they believe and I think that a lot of the media that comes out is negative and it’s interesting to hear stories of when our troops come back and see a lot of negative news and —
COLMES: You said negative news but shouldn’t the American people a true assessment of what’s going on and whether or not we’re truly accomplishing.
CHAVARRIA: A true assessment is going to be both sides. It’s not just going to be here’s another car bombing, it’s going to be here’s another school built. There’s a network of roads being built over in Iraq and the military is helping them do that. It’s not just the daily car bombings or the beheading or any of that kind of stuff.