10.14.2004

Fahrenheit Ally: Farenhype 9/11

Former Clinton advisor Dick Morris has helped to create an excellent cinematic rebuttle to Fahrenheit 9/11. Farenhype 9/11 was released in early October, and is an excellent resource for a factual look at Moore's film. We would encourage all of our regular readers to support this film exposing Moore's lies, distortions, and misrepresentations.

10.08.2004

Fahrenheit Fact no. 38: Study suggests the military is overwhelmingly pro-Bush

(Thanks to Wizbang blog for the tip): In "Fahrenheit 9/11", Michael Moore does his best to portray our troops as helpless victims of the evils of the Bush regime, pointing out many who dislike the President and his advisers. From the film:
REPORTER: The Pentagon might keep up to twenty-four thousand troops in combat beyond their tour. AMERICAN SOLDIER #13: I know our numbers in the military have gone down. They talk about retention. AMERICAN SOLDIER #14: You never really expect to be deployed this long. I don't think anybody did. AMERICAN SOLDIER #15: I don't have any clue as to why we're still in Iraq. AMERICAN SOLDIER #16: If Donald Rumsfeld was here, I'd ask him for his resignation. NARRATOR: With the war not going as planned, and the military in need of many more troops, where would they find the new recruits? REPORTER: Military experts say three times the 120,000 US troops now deployed would be needed to pacify and rebuild the country. NARRATOR: They would find them all across America in the places that had been destroyed by the economy. Places where one of the only jobs available was to join the Army. Places like my hometown of Flint, Michigan.
But what do most of these troops think about the President? Polling data would suggest that they do not agree with Mr. Moore's politics. Congressman Joe Wilson notes:
“Mr. Speaker, as a 31-year veteran of the Army National Guard and the parent of three children serving in the military, including a son in Iraq, I am glad to report our troops are clearly supporting the re-election of President Bush,” said Congressman Wilson. “According to the independent Army Times, America’s troops are voting today for President Bush by a margin of over four to one. Our troops know firsthand President Bush is courageously leading the successful fight against the terrorists in the Global War on Terrorism. He is the commander in chief to trust with their lives.
(emphasis mine) In case you doubt the Congressman's claims, here's a graphical representation of the study's findings: This study, which admittedly only surved one (random) segment of the population suggests that the military is overwhelmingly pro-Bush, and that the discontented and cynical minority that Moore highlights is just that- a minority. -a_sdf

10.04.2004

Fahrenheit Fact no. 37: Saddam has targeted the United States and Americans

From the film:
NARRATOR: On March 19, 2003, George W. Bush and the United States military invaded the sovereign nation of Iraq. A nation that had never attacked the United States. A nation that had never threatened to attack the United States. A nation that had never murdered a single American citizen.
Now, we've already noted that Mr. Moore appreciates hyper-legal interpretations of his words, so lets exmine the phrase "never threatened to attack the United States", especially in light of this article from CNS news:
Iraqi intelligence documents, confiscated by U.S. forces and obtained by CNSNews.com, show numerous efforts by Saddam Hussein's regime to work with some of the world's most notorious terror organizations, including al Qaeda, to target Americans...The first of the 42 pages of Iraqi documents is dated Jan. 18, 1993, approximately two years after American troops defeated Saddam's army in the first Persian Gulf War. The memo includes Saddam's directive that "the party should move to hunt the Americans who are on Arabian land, especially in Somalia, by using Arabian elements ..."
(emphasis mine) I guess its up to you what you think about them "never threaten[ing]" to attack the United States. -a_sdf