Oliver Stone’s “Untold History” Comes to an End


Editor’s note: The following is the tenth, and final, installment of a series of articles Frontpage has run in response to Oliver Stone’s neo-Communist documentary series, “The Untold History of the United States.” Frontpage has reviewed each episode of the Stone series, exposing the leftist hateful lies about America and setting the record straight. See the archive beneath this final review.

In the final episode of director Oliver Stone’s Showtime documentary miniseries entitled The Untold History of the United States, he and co-writer Peter Kuznick take aim at “Bush and Obama: Age of Terror.” It is everything you would expect from their America-hating collaboration.

Narrating in a creepily sibilant cadence like a woozy William Shatner, Stone immediately sets the stage in this episode with quotes about our “fear” and paranoia of a Muslim enemy – as if many years of accelerated Islamic attacks on America and American interests, including the World Trade Center horror (about which Stone himself made a feature film starring Nicolas Cage), were nothing more than figments of a fevered national imagination; for Stone and the left in general, the CIA are the real bad guys, of course. He paints a picture of a George W. Bush administration that didn’t want to let the 9/11 crisis go to waste, and so “leapt into action” to undertake a “global war.” Stone glosses over the fact that going to war against stateless Islamic fundamentalists was necessarily a worldwide venture not limited to bin Laden and his al Qaeda core.

True to his Hollywood roots, Stone dramatizes what he deems to be Bush’s excessive national security measures with, hilariously, footage from Showtime’s terrorism drama Homeland, showing a scene in which a character’s home is being bugged and monitored by the CIA – a character who is in fact a terrorist. Stone then goes on to use dramatized torture footage from several films, from The Battle of Algiers (1966) to Robert DeNiro’s The Good Shepherd to the anti-extraordinary rendition film called, well, Rendition. Along the way he sideswipes the Somalia military action drama Black Hawk Down for “glorifying American heroism and technology” – yes, heaven forbid that Hollywood should ever glorify American heroism and technology.

The documentary accuses the Bush administration of Orwellian “doublespeak,” examples of which include phrases like “axis of evil” and “war on terror.” While the latter was definitely a pathetically inaccurate term, it stemmed from politically correct sensitivity, not Orwellian euphemism. As for axis of evil, “evil” is a taboo word to the left, since they prefer to deny that the concept even exists (except when they’re applying it to Bush and Cheney). People aren’t evil, progressives claim, they’re merely misunderstood – especially if they are enemies of the United States, in which case we’re to blame for their grievances.

Predictably, Stone uses every misleadingly smirky bit of footage he can find of Bush (as well as employing an impersonator to deliver lines attributed to him), and paints him as a religious fanatic no better than al Qaeda – as if Christian principles are no different from Islamic ones, and as if retaliating against terrorism is no better than terrorism. Stone lays the devastation and casualties suffered in Iraq entirely at the doorstep of America – no mention of insurgents, no mention of Saddam’s Revolutionary Guard. One would think our military simply invaded and began laying waste to civilians – which actually is what the left believes. He then rants about the neocons plotting a “war to remake the world,” with an innocent Iran as the prize. Again, no mention of the fact that Iran has been America’s most consistent enemy since 1979 or the fact that their leaders express their desire to destroy the Great Satan on an almost daily basis. Stone finishes up the Bush segment with perfunctory accusations of mismanaging two wars as well as Katrina and the economy.

When Obama appears on the scene, Stone describes him as representing “the other side of America – constitutional, humanist, global, environmental” (the “constitutional” bit is particularly ironic these days). But Obama betrays that promise by turning to big money to back his campaign, making Wall Street the election’s real winner. Stone then complains about banking industry excess, and comically, again turns to Hollywood footage to make his point, this time with a lengthy anti-fat cat speech by Gary Cooper from Frank Capra’s 1941 film Meet John Doe. The documentary goes on to peddle the usual class warfare statistics about a widening standard of living gap. Yawn.

Moving on to Obama’s approach to the war on terror, Stone labels him “a far more effective manager of the national security state” than Bush. He denounces Obama for targeting terrorist mentor Anwar al-Awlaki, whom he describes disingenuously as “a U.S. citizen in Yemen, accused of having ties to al Qaeda.” Al-Awlaki was not falsely suspected of “having ties” to al Qaeda; he was an admitted top al Qaeda leader often referred to as the new bin Laden or bin Laden 2.0, directly involved with everyone from the 9/11 hijackers to the Ft. Hood shooter and beyond. That damning information, like anything else incriminating of anyone besides the United States, was apparently left on the cutting room floor of Stone’s miniseries. As for bin Laden himself, Stone declares that he was executed “vigilante-style” by Navy SEALs, after which our celebration demonstrated that our “national capacity for self-love was in full flower.”

With bin Laden dead, America is picking on poor China next, Stone claims, as well as unfairly insisting that Russia, Iran, North Korea, and Venezuela are threats. He decries Obama’s increased use of drone strikes, exemplified in more Hollywood footage, this time from the George Clooney movie Syriana (Stone relies so much on Hollywood footage that this episode finally sinks to hilarious lows with scenes from Cecil B. DeMille’s The Crusades and the Star Wars series to make his cartoonish points). The show ends with melodramatic music over Stone’s plea that we “surrender our exceptionalism and our arrogance” and strive to “feminize the planet.” That’s great, Oliver. Try lecturing Ahmadinejad, Putin, Chavez, Kim Jong-un, and al Qaeda about feminizing the planet and see how much cooperation you get.

For co-writers Stone and Kuznick and their comrades among the neo-Communist left, there is never, ever an acknowledgement that America throughout its history has had existential enemies – instead, there is only government-manipulated paranoia and hysteria. There is never, ever any acknowledgement that the motivations of foreign powers are anything but innocent and benign – instead, America’s are always corrupt and imperialistic. Wars and atrocities are always the fault of the United States. Poverty and greed are always the fault of capitalism. Oliver Stone’s Untold History of the United States is not so much a history as a relentless, obscenely distorted, and nakedly propagandistic attack on the United States of America. It could easily have been produced by any of the oppressive regimes – Iran, China, Russia, North Korea, or Venezuela – that Stone claims we have bullied by our imperialistic aggression, regimes that – like Stone and Kuznick themselves – would happily celebrate our demise.

Related articles on Stone’s series:

1. Bruce Thornton’s introduction to this Frontpage series.

2. David Horowitz’s analysis of the meaning behind the warm reception of Stone’s Kremlin propaganda.

3. Matthew Vadum’s review of Stone’s first episode.

4. Daniel Flynn’s review of “Roosevelt, Truman and Wallace,” the second episode.

5. Daniel Greenfield’s review of “The Bomb,” the third episode.

6. Bruce Thornton’s review of “The Cold War: 1945-1950,” the 4th episode.

7. Matthew Vadum’s review of “The 50s: Eisenhower, The Bomb & The Third World,” the 5th episode.

8. Larry Schweikart’s review of “The Cuban Missile Crisis,” the 6th episode.

9. Larry Schweikart’s review of “Johnson, Nixon & Vietnam: Reversal of Fortune,” the 7th episode.

10. Daniel Greenfield’s review of “The Death of Oliver Stone’s Good Soviet Union,” the 8th episode.

11. Matthew Vadum’s review of “Bush and Clinton: Peace Squandered — the New World Order,” the 9th episode.

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  • SCREW SOCIALISM

    I recommend a BDS of any project oliver stone or his convert to islam son are involved with.

    The oliver stone family should become box office poison.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      '…or his convert to islam son…'

      Groan. "Sean Christopher Ali Stone" believes he is a "Jewish Christian Muslim." His father appreciates his efforts and wishes "allah be with you" to his deluded offspring.

      Imagine that.

      • Headed4TheHills

        One can believe oneself to be the King of Siam, does not make it so. Having read the central books of all three monotheistic faiths to have come out of the Middle East, I find it hard to reconcile believing oneself to be Judeo-Christian and Muslim. The belief systems are incompatible, especially Christian and Muslim. But then again, we are talking about a Liberal Progressive Hollyweird Elite and his child. Perhaps, since Mr. Stone finds America so very unpalatable, he should shake the dust of this country off his boots and head for some place more to his liking. And that goes for all who use the very freedom given by the First Amendment to whine, moan, and complain about how horrible America is. America is not perfect. Truth be told, if Oliver ever found the perfect country, I can guarantee his sorry self wouldn't be welcome.

    • Ziggy Zoggy

      Stone already is box office poison. That's why he's doing a Marxumentary on cable that nobody watches except a few reviewers.

    • Alinsky Hero USA

      Best documentary I've seen in a long time.

      It really exposes the murder and misjustice of Capitalism and conservative war hawks.

      Well done Oliver Stone!!!

      • Ziggy Zoggy

        For your sake, I hope you're doing parody. God help you if you really are that bat$hit insane.

        • Alinsky Hero USA

          i don't believe in God. But Oliver Stone comes close.

          I will watch all ten parts again.

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

            Don't forget to throw Jane Fonda on that list.

          • Alinsky Hero USA

            She never left the list.

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

            Would she want you driving a 'liberated' Prius?

          • Alinsky Hero USA

            Ask her. Oh, I forgot, you don't talk to women.

          • reader

            Jane Fonda is not a woman. It's a KGB drone – the test issue.

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

            Oh I forgot, what corner is she working this weekend?

          • Alinsky Hero USA

            oh, I forgot, you just repeat whatever I post and turn it around into something gay.

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

            I mock you, and you deserve every bit of it.Are you still praying to allah, thankful that you're different?Your version of 'differen't isn't something to be thankful for. It's something to scrape off.

          • Alinsky Hero USA

            Mock with some creativity.

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

            Why, you don't.

  • .Jana Wheeler

    So. What's new? Get. rid of Oliver Stone. If he wants it so bad,, let him go where he can worship Allah and leave me to do as I please ..

  • Roger Dane

    Does anyone know the ‘ratings’ the show made on Showtime? Frankly I had not heard of it until I began following it here… Stone is a lunatic socialist and simply needs to go away as do so many others that “real” Americans died for to allow “the hate mongers” to spread their kind of anti-American horse manure.

  • JacksonPearson

    Scru Oliver Stone, and most of, if not all of Hollywood. They'd be starving in food kitchens if they depended on me for a living. Because I boycotted those Marxist azzholes years, and years ago.

  • amspirnational

    http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/w

    So the U.S. uses WMD lies purveyed by The Lobby to invade and destroy an unthreatening country, and "insurgents" who fight back the way our heroic resistors would if we were invaded are responsible for the blood and loss of innocent life according to Tapson. He needn't have writtten more.

    • reader

      "WMD lies purveyed by The Lobby"?

      Even Pat's knee-jerk cherry-picking of Jewish last names does not change the fact that Powell's WMD presentation was by and large based on the data generated by the British intelligence, which is not particularly Jew-friendly by any stretch. Moreover, the latest developments in Syria confirm what Ion Pacepa (Romanian, not a Jew, incidentally) claimed at the time, which is that the Russian GRU helped Saddam to hide some and transferred most of the arsenal to Syria. I would advise Pat to see "the Professional" (I mean, a shrink, not "the movie"), perhaps even a Jewish one. It's never too late.

      • Toa

        I sure wonder what happened to all those audios that were being played on the radio during the U.N. Weapons Inspections in Iraq, in which radio transmissions were intercepted saying things such as (translated into English) "Has everything been evacuated?", while the Inspectors were kept out of the targeted area to be inspected sometimes as long as 2 weeks. One gets the impression that it has become illegal to bring them out, or that they have been "misplaced".

    • Ziggy Zoggy

      a$$hatnational,

      you forgot to mention Dat Lobby wanted muslim blood for its matzoh balls and Bush wanted oil for blood. It's a good thing those islamopithecine freedom fighters murdered as many Iraqis as they could for collaborating with the American humanitarian intervention.

  • Ghostwriter

    Great. amspirnational is another jerk who slithered out of his hole to attack Jews. What he seems to forget is that the insurgents he and those like Oliver Stone and Michael Moore so often lionize are nothing more than brutal thugs who kill people for no reason. They then,blame us for their atrocities and find sympathetic ears like this amspirnational twit. My mother recorded the last episodes of this stupid series. I didn't really watch it. America may have made it's share of mistakes but fighting against monsters like Al Qaeda and the Mad Mullahs of Iran isn't among those mistakes.
    People like amspirnational are charter members of the "Blame America First" club which have for far too long dominated the national discourse,blamed this country for all the world's problems,and have turned even legitimate criticisms of the United States as another excuse to bash it for no reason,other than casting aspersions on it and making themselves look good. People like this have no shame,and I don't mind calling them out on it.

  • http://www.clarespark.com clarespark

    Oliver Stone's history is typical of the New Left, that, under the influence of communists, adopted the anti-American rhetoric that was typical of Soviet propaganda, with its renewed focus on anti-imperialism, and blaming the Jews for influencing the war policy of the US. I wrote about that all over my website, but here is one blog that contrasts the original Progressive movement with what came afterwards. See http://clarespark.com/2012/07/19/communist-ideas-…. "Communist ideas go mainstream."

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    Información de los millones de cambios en el Spin de átomos y partículas en base a fuerzas, campos y sensores?.

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    • Ziggy Zoggy

      Dude, the decay of your unstable brain nuclei has reached its second half-life.

    • Silverio Facundo

      Your mom tells me to tell you that you forgot again to take your pills. All 32 of them.

  • Ziggy Zoggy

    What? Mexico doesn't "reconquer" America at the end? Obama doesn't heal the planet? Stone isn't awarded his own hippy commune full of LSD and Asian chicks by an adoring public? No Chomsky Award for best Marxumentary?

    Capitalism is so unfair.

  • esperanto

    check out:

    "About Mary Jo Sharp,Christian Scholar,and the Need to Verify what Muslim Intellectuals say"
    http://www.antisharia.com/2013/02/09/about-mary-j

    AND ALSO

    "Two Videos by Lioness of Allah,a UK Muslim Girl, that Talk about,in Effect, Fighting the Israelis"
    http://www.antisharia.com/2012/06/15/two-videos-b

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Stone has rocks in his head, really………………….William

  • Toa

    Earlier this evening, I watched about 5 minutes of Stone's "W." for the first time. It was so stupid, it was hilarious, and I sure haven't seen a single second of this "history" series.
    A commentor at another site a while back speculated that the nuts in Hollywood would soon produce a "biopic" depicting a deranged Prescott Bush planting explosives below decks of the "Titanic".
    I would never put this past them- especially a madman like Oliver Stone…

    • tagalog

      The movie will probably claim that the Titanic was carrying munitions to the United States in order to foment the early outbreak of World War I. Or something.

      • Toa

        LOL…right on!

  • "gunner"

    i am a small and unimportant person, in an out of the way place. my opinion matters little in great affairs of the day, but i am pleased to note that i have never spent even a dollar to see an oliver stone film, nor have i watched his pseudo historical t.v. series. the same for micheal moore and james cameron's "avatar". living in a rural state i am well aquainted with bovine and equine waste by sight and smell, and avoid it given any choice.

  • Goce

    instead of ripping on Oliver Stone's and Peter Kuznick's believes, why not focus on the facts of the actual history and dispute them. I am a citizen of former Yugoslovic country, and since recently a U.S. citizen. I have been in the States for 7 years and I love this country and i would rather live here than back in Europe. But that does not mean i agree with American foreign policy. Even when i was still a little kid, American influence was felt all over Europe, and not in a good way. Even before me coming here i saw America as a bully and having imperialistic government that plays world police. Now that being said, does not mean that the show is not bias, but nobody can say the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, because truth is subjective and is filtered through our own experiences. That is way we should focus on the facts that are shown in the show, which are much greater and and more accurate that and government controlled main-stream media.

    I hope this post wont be deleted, since i've only seen one-sited posts here.