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Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Lady Mac is Back

(crossposted at The Blue Herald)


There's lovely symbolism in the fact that ABC's The Path to 9/11 casts Penny Johnson, best known as the Lady Macbeth of 24, Sherry Palmer, as Condoleezza Rice. Rice is a very intelligent woman, and I share her appreciation for classical music, but she's shown a brazen willingness to lie, repeatedly, to cover the collective asses of Bush and his other cronies. She's much smoother than a bully like Bolton, or the strange bulldog-éminence grise that is Dick Cheney, with his I-dare-you-to-call-me-a-liar poker approach. But her culpability is just as deep and vile.

One of the central lies in the "docudrama" features Johnson as Rice talking about how concerned President Bush is about the PDB, "Bin Laden Determined to Attack Inside U.S."

Wait, does that mean it's no longer a historical document?

Does that mean that Bush didn't tell the CIA agent who flew to Crawford to brief him personally (since Bush is not a big, y'know, reader), "All right, you've covered your ass now" …?

It's just like Bin Laden being boogeyman number one one day and not a threat another; none of the Bushies or their cheerleaders can keep their stories straight. Even though it be by proxy, The Path to 9/11 is merely the latest but surely not the last attempt to re-write history and reality to their liking.

2 comments:

drew said...

I didn't realize that they had cast Penny Johnson Jerold as Condy. That's really interesting. Especially since I was recently rewatching Season 2 of 24 and PJJ is on the commentary track talking about how impressed she is with Ms. Rice, how she is such a role model, and strong african-american woman. She was literally gushing about how amazing she is (pianist, linguist, etc.). It was kind of creepy given the context (Sherry Palmer in league with plot to blow up major metropolitan city for political gain) and is even creepier now in this new context. This whole thing is so deeply bizarre. What the hell are these people doing?!

thepoetryman said...

Drew,
They made it up as they went, yet before hand was the action planned, it is the script that is dire folly and improvisation. Made it and all the while Condi plays the piano. As the dramatic music builds to a feverish climax and the world sees, albeit too late, the truth behind their little play. To hell with the whole lot of `em.