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There was the staging of the Jessica Lynch rescue, Director Jerry Bruckheimer's pitches to the Pentagon, and not least the Centcom set in Qatar.

Tom Engelhardt wrote of the Iraq War: "Movie-making and war-making would be intertwined. The location of this production would be Iraq. The director would be the Pentagon. The production staff would be located at Centcom headquarters in Doha, Qatar, where a quarter-million dollar movie set for planned briefings was built, and we would see our troops advance in triumph."

Of the latest production, Paul Schmelzer reports: "Greg Allen highlights the Bush White House's 'Szforzian Baroque' period, a term that refers to Scott Sforza, the brainchild of Bush's on-message stage backdrops. Greg describes the site of Bush's latest campaign-style town hall meeting:

Here, the classic "Sforzian Backdrop" gives way to a more spatially complex theater-in-the-round composition, complete with white picket fences, white white people [oops], and on-message Astroturf [oops again].
But wait, there IS a Backdrop, a pop-out house, complete with shingles and clapboard siding. [and on-message banner, of course]. I'd be interested to see if WH Prod. built the house, or if it was pre-existing, and thus served as a source for the WHP design.
But the best part of his post is the hilarious similarity between Bush's faux-idyllic picket-fence getup and Saddam's courthouse paddock...


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