Brad Pitt Does ‘Stanley McChrystal’: When Netflix’ War Movie Stops Being Funny

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By David Swanson?
The new movie, War Machine, on Netflix starring Brad Pitt begins as a hilarious and satisfying mockery of General Stanley McChrystal, circa 2009, as well as of militarism in general.
“Hilarious” because of the deadpan sincere idiocy. Satisfying at least to those of us who have been screaming “What are you idiots doing?” for the past fifteen-and-a-half years.
Should we be glad that a Hollywood movie can still be made mocking the murderous malevolence of true believers in militarism, or should we be disturbed that theaters won’t show such movies and they have to end up on Netflix?
Should we be glad that a war satire set in Afghanistan didn’t have to wait decades for a different war, in the manner of Mash, or should we be disturbed that most viewers will not know a current war is being mocked – because they either believe the war on Afghanistan has ended or they simply can’t keep up with the proliferation of wars?... Read Jun. 16, 2017's Issue Here.

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