It dawned on me today that I have never commented here on the movie Zero Dark Thirty. Sorry, I absolutely should have because I thought it was outstanding and very well done. I was pleased and pleasantly surprised that the film makers resisted what I suspect was a strong temptation to make some sort of political statement. They chose instead to play it straight (unlike Argo). According to the accounts I deem credible, it is a fairly accurate representation of what actually happen.
In fact, the only real criticism the movie draws is from people opposed to “torture” as a way to get critical information from bad guys or those that aid and abet them. Some on the liberal side of the question contend that enhanced interrogation techniques were not productive in generating the actionable intel that led us to UBL. Most of the intelligence community and the operators involved say that it was critical to our eventual success.
About that, I have a question. Assume you knew that terrorists were going to strike America and that hundreds or thousands of people from your home town would be killed but you had access to detainees that worked with the bad guys. Would you feel bad about disrupting their sleep, making their rooms cold, slapping them with an open hand, playing loud music, controlling their diet or pouring water on their face to get them to tell you everything they knew so you could stop the attack? If you answer in the affirmative and are more concerned about the physical comfort of bad actors than the safety of your neighbors then I suggest that you have your priorities seriously and I fear hopelessly out of whack.
But I digress. Aside from the controversy Zero Dark Thirty was a very good movie that tells a compelling story (of a monomaniac with a mission that sees her obsession all the way to its proper end) and I enjoyed it very much. I recommend you see it.
Oh, and by the way. My answer to that question is no and it wouldn’t bother me in the slightest.
UPDATE – This just came out on pay per view and I watched it again. I wish they had gone a little more into the training and run up to the mission with the Devgru guys. The scene just after the agency people were killed where the group is sitting in a conference room waiting for the boss is an example of a great halftime speech. I will have to remember that one. Solid good guy wins movie. If you are reading this blog you will enjoy it.
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