Some of the greatest movie-makers ever—Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep—collaborate in a DreamWorks production to tell the story of United States government corruption / lies to the public and congress about U.S. activities in the Vietnam war, Cambodia, and Laos.
Movies like “Lethal Weapon” “Air America” use the idea, but “The Post” is an exposé on the topic, like “All the President’s Men” was for Tricky Dick’s Watergate. And while Watergate was the biggest story of corruption ever in the history of American politics, Nixon was a rank amateur compared to Trump who has set a new low standard (Mueller, special prosecutor, Flynn).
If you caught it, yes: The Washington Post (Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, the reporters who led the Watergate exposé), helped by “The New York Times,” were the same papers who led on the “Pentagon Papers.”
With respect, I am not suggesting any disfavor with people who served in the military. I am a vet also. I support them. Line guys and gals in the military were serving our country. They/we can’t know what the brass are doing in Washington any more than the rest of us. Special Prosecutor Mueller, himself, served in Vietnam after the Tet Offensive. We believe in the U.S.A., in America—and rightly so—we get orders, and we risk and sometimes give our lives, doing our best to serve.
But where leaders were using our military for secondary gains, even business and profit, where they sent our men and women into harm’s way getting us and others maimed and killed, lying about that to the American public, to congress, making a mockery of the excellent tenets of this great country… I shudder to think.
Thanks to efforts of such as the Washington Post and The New York Times, we need to learn about it, so we can try to prevent more of the same in the future. We can’t change the past, but hopefully we can do better going forward.
Personally, I still like Kirk and Spock in the White House. Or Martin and Lewis, at least. Bob Hope and Bing Crosby. Tony Stark and—yeah. Or Clark Kent and Lois Lane. Or Bruce Wayne (Batman) and Diana Prince (Wonder Woman).
To be real: Why don’t we consider just electing someone with basic human values. Whether we’re Democrat, Republican, Vulcan or Romulen, Jedi or Sith—what about the novel approach to betterment in just electing someone who is a decent human being, who is smart and kind, who can analyze situations with 100 variables and pick the best vector sum, the best path to follow for the country. Many Republicans are against Trump—there are much better people for President than Donald Trump.