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Strange Bedfellows

This one’s a shocker: Mel Gibson’s Icon Productions has just landed a deal with Michael Moore — Michael Moore — to finance the Oscar-winning left-wing blowhard’s next documentary. Variety reports:

Project will depict the murky relationship between President Bush’s father and the family of Osama bin Laden. And it will suggest that the bin Laden family was greatly enriched by that association.

Moore is making a deal with Mel Gibson’s Icon Prods. to finance “Fahrenheit 911,” a docu that will trace why the U.S. has become a target for hatred and terrorism. It will also depict alleged dealings between two generations of the Bush and bin Laden clans that led to George W. Bush and Osama bin Laden becoming mortal enemies.


The Bush-bin Laden tie, if only circumstantial, begins with a business relationship between the former president and Mohammed bin Laden, the Yemeni-born father of Osama who was a Saudi construction magnate. He died and left his future terrorist son about $300 million that has been used to finance global violence. The young bin Laden was among the freedom fighters propped up by the CIA as they battled the Soviets in Afghanistan when the elder Bush headed that agency. And bin Laden’s Al Qaeda campaign began after Bush put U.S. troops in Saudi Arabia during the Gulf War. A decade later, bin Laden’s Twin Tower attacks made the battle against terrorism the prime focus of George W.’s presidency.

“The senior Bush kept his ties with the bin Laden family up until two months after Sept. 11,” Moore said. “The bin Ladens invested heavily in the Carlyle Group, which has its hands in a number of pies and is the 11th largest defense contractor even though it mostly buys failing defense companies and sells them for profits.”

Any guesses as to why Hollywood conservative Gibson would want to get involved with this kind of project from Tinseltown’s most notorious socialist jackass? Could he be trying to invest in protection from a possible backlash from his upcoming Jesus movie? Or is he a Bush-hating paleocon (remember, his aged father has rather rank views about Jewish conspiracies)? Or does he simply agree with Moore that there’s a story there?


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