Harold & Kumar: Stoner Dudes and American Heroes

Guantanamo Bay prison has officially entered our culture as an icon–a picture of America at the beginning of the 21st century. Non-fiction books, novels and now a stoner Hollywood comedy: “Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo.” Two ethnic-looking (Indian and Asian) stoner guys on a plane are overheard talking about a bong, people hear bomb, and our heroes are shipped to Guantanamo.

I loved “Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle” and I will be lining up to pay my hard-earned money to see the sequel at the multiplex. Two thoughts on this development:

1) The torturers and evil-doers at Guantanamo are upset that this movie will spoil their reputation. Too late, Jack. The waterboarding, stress positions, sleep deprivation, menstrual blood showers and the Koran down the toilet may trump the stoner dudes.

2) One of the sole benefits of the current presidential campaign is that all three of the remaining candidates are anti-torture, anti-Guantanamo. America weeded out the assholes like Romney, who bragged that he would double the size of Guantanamo and Guiliani, who would have continued torture and expanded the war to Iran.

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