Wordplay as substitute for genuine reflection

By jdflynn2011
Written April 08, 2014
This movie does not deliver the satisfaction of Morris' Fog of War interview with a sadder, wiser former Secretary of Defense, Robert McNamara, mainly because this subject, Donald Rumsfeld, still seems caught up in using wordplay and spin to deflect and substitute for sincere, candid reflection on the reasons for his positions on going to war with Iraq, and related subjects like torture and conditions at Guantanamo Bay. Rumsfeld takes gleeful enjoyment in splitting verbal hairs and playing his own game of "gotcha" with the filmmaker, the way he did in press conferences during the height of the Iraq war. Morris has long been fascinated and concerned with how truth can be lost or distorted by self-deception, group think, and manipulation of facts. Apparently, Rumsfeld does not concern himself with truth or self-examination. The tension between Morris' search for truth and his subject's opaque and self-satisfied stonewalling is both frustrating and, possibly, the film's real subject.
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The Known Unknown

By jmkearn879
Written April 06, 2014
I found it quite disappointing in most respects. First let me say that I'm not a Rumsfeld fan--nor am I agin him--nor a supporter of our invading Iraq, But the producer just did a bad job in my opinion. The documentary was too long, too noisy, full of incoherent scenes, and poor sound. If they were trying to nail Rumsfeld for something,they didn't succeed and the point of the film is not clear to me.
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By cmclaren7
Written April 13, 2014
Why the Bush cabinet was not prosecuted for treason is beyond me. This film convinced me that Donald Rumsfeld is out of touch with reality. It is frightening to think that the prowl running our country could be so delusional.
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