High Life

Heart of Stone

June 17, 2017

It was the beginning of a beautiful friendship, and I distinctly remember a dinner at Michael’s house when John Buffalo Mailer, who has often acted in Oliver’s films, and I first discussed going to Moscow, me playing judo with Vlad, Mailer interviewing him, and so on. To call John Buffalo an optimist would be a gross understatement. The deal was signed and delivered while we finished yet one more bottle of red, the last words being “Oh boy, the pussy in Moscow will rock.”

Well, we never got to Moscow and never got to see Putin, and I never went on the judo mat with him. But Oliver Stone did, and sold the story to Showtime. It’s fifty-fifty whether he got the idea from us—he was present, after all, when we hatched it—or when he made his movie Snowden, about the guy who spilled the beans. When asked by the newspaper that prints only the news it invents about Putin influencing the American election, Stone snorted and answered that Putin had no influence whatsoever, but Sheldon Adelson (a billionaire Las Vegas vulgarian), the Israeli government, and the Koch brothers had real power in D.C., Vlad zero.

So now I am in the enviable position to defend Oliver Stone, who smelled a rat about Iraq back before millions had become refugees and hundreds of thousands had died. Now he tells the hysterical opposition to Trump that Russia played no role in his election, but few are listening. Why would they? The same people who hatched the Iraq disaster are still in power, and they want to keep the war machine going. It’s money in the bank. Oh yes, I almost forgot the latest Saudi obscenity: the sheer barbarism of refusing a minute’s silence for the victims of the London Bridge terrorism (most likely funded by the Saudis to begin with). Next time you see any of these scumbags racing up and down Sloane Street, remember the obscenity, if nothing else. If we had a government with some cojones, all Saudis, Qataris, and Kuwaitis would be banned from merry old England. Let them eat their dates in Belgium or Luxembourg.

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