to Catch 22, the film plays out a plausible
scenario to an absurd conclusion. In this case, a presidential
candidacy wanes, provoking the incumbent to launch an external
war in order to boost his re-election chances. The candidate
allows political advisers to turn political campaigning into
media hype, style without substance, thus destroying the meaning
of democratic elections. Although the events appear to depict
George Bush entering Iraq, no such docudrama is involved.
Instead, the audience views a more paradigmatic portrayal
of the way in which elections are used as devices to control
public images rather than to debate important issues. The
film is based on the novel American Hero by Larry Beinhart.
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