Saturday, September 26, 2009

Ellsberg Doc

The documentary showing at Film Forum about Daniel Ellsberg,
The Most Dangerous Man in America
, raises some very interesting questions about truth, morality, and democracy. Not least for Ellsberg’s disappointment when, after the Pentagon Papers were published, revealing a quarter century of mendacity and pointless slaughter and epic covering-of-asses from Truman to Nixon, more than 47 million Americans still went ahead and voted for Nixon. The ex-Marine RAND brainiac turned American hero has clearly always been something of an optimist.

Good to be reminded of what a foul pox Nixon was (HS Thompson on the Trickster: “He speaks for the Werewolf in us; the bully, the predatory shyster who turns into something unspeakable, full of claws…”) with some choice excerpts from the White House tapes. “Son-of-a-bitch” was this son-of-a-Quaker’s favorite expletive, but surely one of the top ten exchanges was when Kissinger demurs on using nuclear weapons on North Vietnam (“That, I think, would be too much”) and Nixon says, “Christ, Henry, I just want you to think big!” A nice contrast, Ellsberg v. Nixon, pity that the Nixons will always outnumber the Ellsbergs.

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