Oliver Stone is the most influential political filmmaker in Hollywood. The three-time Oscar winner has directed such political films as “Born on the Fourth of July,” “JFK,” “Nixon” and “W.”
Although the “Wall Street” director likes to make a lot of political films, sometimes it’s quite clear that he has no idea what he’s talking about regarding the current climate.
And that was certainly the case when Oliver Stone claimed he believed former President Ronald Reagan was wrong about this very pro-America issue.
Ronald Reagan is one of the most influential Republicans in modern American history, but when Donald Trump’s presidency is over, he might have some stiff competition.
Nevertheless, Reagan’s policies and initiatives changed the trajectory of the United States for the better. Prior to the Reagan administration, the US economy experienced a decade of stagflation, a situation in which the inflation rate is high, the economic growth rate slows, and unemployment remains steadily high.
The economic policy of Ronald Reagan, better known as Reaganomics, was based on four main principles: restrained government spending, lower tax rates, reduced government regulation and tightening of the money supply to reduce inflation. And it all worked.
He also changed the course of history with the Reagan Doctrine, which effectively ended the Cold War and ended the USSR. Reagan believed the Soviet economy was weak and with increased pressure, it would crumble. The thought process was that if the U.S. provided open and covert support to anti-communist forces in Africa, Asia and Latin America, then their worldwide influence would end too.
Reagan famously declared the Soviet Union an “evil empire” and as “the focus of evil in the modern world” in 1983.
And acclaimed filmmaker Oliver Stone thinks that “evil empire” should apply to the United States instead, which should come as a surprise because Stone has been a staunch anti-government and also anti-Hollywood figure for decades.
Stone sat down with former Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa for an interview with Russia Today and said, “Empires fall. Let’s pray that this empire, these evil things… because we are the evil empire. What Reagan said about Russia is true about us.”
Not under President Trump’s guidance. But liberals think that because Trump has taken on an anti-globalist approach, which has been working well. Now we’re respected around the world because we will no longer allow other countries to push us around.
Stone also noted, “There is no party in the United States, there is no democratic voice except third parties that are small, that would say ‘Why are we fighting wars? I don’t hear it from any of the major candidates, except one or two on the Democratic side, but they don’t have a chance of winning. In other words, Hillary Clinton, and Joe Biden are just as pro-war as any Republican Dick Cheney. They just do it in a different way. Maybe it shows you how locked up America is, how so far to the right America has gone that Hillary Clinton is recognized as a Democrat. I can’t believe it.”
What he says here about Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden being pro-war could be true. After all, when Hillary was Senator of New York, she voted for the war in Iraq. But to say that all Republicans are warmongers is simply untrue.
For example, Trump could have easily escalated the tensions between the United States and Iran only a couple months ago, but instead he de-escalated them.
That’s something that Stone seemed to forget. That’s also why some of his political thrillers are extremely one-sided.
And it seems as though Stone is beloved in Russia. He sat down with President Vladimir Putin for a 4-part Showtime series just a few years ago.
So why isn’t he criticizing Russia too?