Who could forget the brave stand that Hollywood took against the evil Bush administration? It seemed like every few weeks yet another movie came out, speaking truth to power about the evil Bushies. It must have mattered a lot to Hollywood, because pretty much all of these movies were box office bombs. But they kept coming.
One of the more famous examples of this genre was Rendition, a 2007 film that shows an Egyptian national, who has the good fortune to be married to Reese Witherspoon, that ends up being suspected of involvment in an overseas terrorist attack. He ends up getting whisked away to the country where the attack took place and is turned over the locals for some tender mercies, including torture. This causes Reese Witherspoon to raise hell. I guess Jake Gyllenhall is involved somehow, too, but I can't independently confirm that because no one actually saw the movie.
As everyone in Hollywood wanted you to know, the Bush administration used rendition as part of their nefarious bag of tricks. This is one of many reasons that the brave souls of Hollywood banded together to support the candidacy of Barack Obama, who would put a stop to such things. Or not.
So why is Obama going to continue using rendition as part of his administration's approach to fighting terrorists? Because it works.
"Obviously you need to preserve some tools -- you still have to go after the bad guys," said an Obama administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity when discussing the legal reasoning. "The legal advisors working on this looked at rendition. It is controversial in some circles and kicked up a big storm in Europe. But if done within certain parameters, it is an acceptable practice."
So, what do you think the chances are that Hollywood will be producing Rendition II -- Obama Style? I thought so.