History written in lightning
favorable ratings are down for the count, President Bush and those who still
support him have faith that history will ultimately vindicate his
administration. Since these days History is written by Hollywood
movies, that process may have already begun.
brouhaha over “The Dark Knight,” which not only may be the most commercially
successful film of all time but is the one taken most seriously by political
pundits. Though some (here and here in
particular) see the film as a denunciation of US foreign policy and the current
administration, others see it as a vindication.
The argument being
that like Batman making himself a scapegoat in order to extirpate the
“terrorism” of the Joker, Bush has taken on the blame for the woes of the Iraq
War when all those whiners don’t realize that it’s the key to kicking Al
Qaeda’s butt. Or something like that.
On the other hand, folks may want to wait for the release of
Oliver Stone’s already controversial “W,” in
which, judging from this trailer, the President’s sodden salad days and dubious rise to power make him the life of his party.
So which will it be? Bush as scorned prophet and redeemer of the
free world or profligate scalawag who’s led us to ruination? Since nobody will
be reading history or anything else in the future, this will be the judgment