(Reader Supported News) -- It’s pretty tasteless for the United States – a country complicit in so many assassinations of foreign leaders – to make a comedy movie about assassinating a foreign leader. Though Hollywood’s lack of tact wasn’t much surprise, it was shocking to learn that the State Department signed off on the film. If, say, the Venezuelan government formally approved a film about the assassination of Barack Obama, one suspects Washington would accuse them of quite a bit more than poor taste.
As easy as it is to dislike The Interview – a comedy about the CIA assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un – one must concede that it had its comic elements. For example, the film’s assertion that North Korea’s nukes can reach the U.S., when in reality, North Korea possesses “no real long-range missile threat,” to quote expert Markus Schiller of RAND. Or the fact that it is Brian Williams, the putative exemplar of journalistic objectivity, who reports this fiction about the nukes’ ability to reach the U.S., in a cameo he has as himself. Or the part where North Korea is ominously deemed the most dangerous country on earth, despite the fact that the North likely has only a few small nuclear weapons – quite unlike the U.S., which has thousands of far more destructive nuclear weapons (and is the only country to ever have used nukes).
No less farcical is the fact that the U.S. government expects Americans to fear North Korea, which has a military budget 74 times smaller than that of the U.S., and has military hardware so outdated that their planes are literally falling out of the sky.
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