Monday, January 14, 2013

Note to Washington Post Columnist George Will’s Comments on Torture and Interrogation

You Are Writing About Movies George –

Apparently lacking the ability to understand fact from fiction conservative columnist George Will makes, or tries to make observations on the role of ‘enhanced interrogation’, or as we call it ‘torture’ in defense policy.  This is fine, but Mr. Will uses almost all of his column to illustrate his point with scenes from movies.

You,” said Jack Nicholson’s Jessep to Tom Cruise’s Kaffee, “have the luxury of not knowing what I know.” Viewers of the movie “Zero Dark Thirty” will, according to some informed persons, lose the luxury of not knowing about hard but morally defensible things done on their behalf. Other informed persons, however, say that viewers will be misled because the movie intimates (actually it is ambiguous about this) a crucial role of “enhanced interrogation” in extracting information useful to tracking Osama bin Laden.

Here’s a bit of advice, Mr. Will.  Try to make your points using the real world.  Movies are movies, they are fiction, they are entertainment.  Really, they are, in the real world Tom Cruise is not Jack Reacher.

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