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Is Mitt Romney “The Quiet American”?

October 26, 2012

It’s always the quiet ones. That’s what they say about serial killers, but the same could hold true for foreign-policy hawks. Maybe Mitt Romney’s curiously muted performance in this year’s final presidential debate was inspired by Teddy Roosevelt’s famous line, “Speak softly and carry a big stick.” More likely, he was channeling the tragically clueless title character in THE QUIET AMERICAN (airing Sunday at 8:15P on Sundance Channel) the deservedly Oscar-nominated 2002 adaptation of Graham Greene’s prescient anti-Vietnam War novel.

That would be Alden Pyle (Brendan Fraser), a deceptively wide-eyed Yank sent by the U.S. government on a murky “economic aid mission” to Vietnam in the mid-1950′s. Once there, he grows obsessed with the idea of saving the country from the Communists determined to overthrow their colonialist French overlords. His simplistic worldview is mirrored in Romney’s black-and-white outlook: As he declared on Monday night, with typically tortured syntax, “My strategy’s pretty straightforward, which is to go after the bad guys.”

For more, click here to check out my Sundance Channel blog!

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