Did you even read the article, dude?
Yes, did you?
I thought he did a pretty good job wrecking that movie. He showed what an inconsistent windbag Michael Moore is at least. It definately made me want to see the movie less.
No, he didn't. All he did was attack Moore, he didn't refute anything in specific. Even if Moore has changed his position on some things, he's entitled to do so, as are we all. Show me one person that's 100% consistent on anything.
Hitchens then goes on to demonstrate his ignorance of the facts with statements like...
3) The Unocal company in Texas had been willing to discuss a gas pipeline across Afghanistan with the Taliban, as had other vested interests
UNOCAL had been in extensive discussions with the Taliban for years on building pipelines to the Caspian sea (estimated to be worth about trillion dollars in petroleum and natural gas reserves). Due to American foreign policy the Taliban told UNOCAL to beat it and awarded the TAP (Trans-Afghan Pipeline) to Total ElFina from Brazil.
UNOCAL then went before congress and stated that so long as the Taliban were in power, American energy concerns would never get their hands on all that gas and petroleum. In December of 2002, UNOCAL got their wish from Bush appointed president Hamid Karzai. Three guesses who Karzai used to work for and the first two don't count.
Then Hitchens goes to work with asinine dictums such as...
Either the Saudis run U.S. policy (through family ties or overwhelming economic interest), or they do not.
No room for a middle-ground at all, according to Hitchens. How about the Saudi's strongly influencing
U.S. policy. People's morals tend to get pretty rubbery the more money that's involved, and we're talking about hundreds of billions here.
Then he outright admits his ignorance on the very topic he's just dismissed as a lie!
I don't think a pipeline is being constructed yet, not that Afghanistan couldn't do with a pipeline.
The information is out there. It's not a state secret, and he can't even be bothered to find out something that simple, yet he can dismiss Moore's film as big lie? Yeah, right.
However, I think we can agree that the film is so flat-out phony that "fact-checking" is beside the point.
No. Fact-checking IS the point. Something Hitchens could do well to learn about.
I won't even bother pulling apart the rest of his ludicrous article. It would be a waste of time. You should either get IT by now, or you never will.
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