It’s fine that Kathryn Bigelow, director of “The Hurt Locker,” is preparing to direct a movie about the Navy SEALs raid that killed Osama bin Laden in his lair of pornographic videos and Vaseline.
I’m sure it will be worth watching, even if it’s released a month before the November 2012 election. It’ll be one good thing to remember the Obama administration for.
It’s also fine that Maureen Dowd is questioning why President Obama is giving Bigelow access to classified information when, on almost everything else, this administration has been one of the most secretive ever.
The White House is also counting on the Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal big-screen version of the killing of bin Laden to counter Obama's growing reputation as ineffectual. …
The moviemakers are getting top-level access to the most classified mission in history from an administration that has tried to throw more people in jail for leaking classified information than the Bush administration.
Treatment of adversaries. It is an interesting point. It’s interesting, too, to remember whom the Bush administration went after for illegal leaks. It was Judith Miller, the New York Times reporter who helped Bush make the case that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, one of the justifications (in addition to Saddam’s repression itself) for liberating Iraq in 2003. Miller spent three months in jail for refusing to reveal a CIA source.
Bush gave least mercy to his political friends and most leeway to his adversaries. He allowed arch-Democrat Bob Woodward unprecedented access to decision-makers at the White House, and the hospitality often came back to bite Bush. But he went the extra mile in the democratic spirit of openness, and it’s an example other presidents ought to build on.
So let’s hear as many secrets of the bin Laden raid as we can without compromising the next SEALs mission. And let’s have access to all the secrets of the Obama years, from the ATF decision to arm Mexican drug cartels to the Interior Department decision to ban new drilling for oil in the Gulf of Mexico. Oh, the movies they could make.