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November 13th, 2012
01:08 PM ET

Clips From Last Night: Oliver Stone on Petraeus' affair and Obama's re-election

On Monday evening, "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomed legendary filmmaker and documentarian Oliver Stone to the program to discuss his new project, the 10-part documentary series on Showtime, "Oliver Stone's Untold History of the United States."

The always candid and at time controversial director did not mince words when it came to his thoughts on Gen. David Petraeus and the recent scandal concerning the former CIA director that's rocked Washington. "The American media has come up with this narrative that he's the American hero who [was] betrayed by the woman," said Stone. "But it's not true. I see no evidence of his heroism."

"There has been no success in Iraq," continued Stone. "The so-called surge has been over hyped by the media as a success, when, in fact, Iraq was trashed almost from the beginning to the end, and it was in worse shape when he left. He didn't leave it well."

Stone also had issue with Petraeus' military campaigns in Afghanistan. "He conned Obama into adding 30,000 troops it was into Afghanistan, with a plan that he would win with this counter-insurgency program," Stone said. "Where is it? Where are the results? They're nonexistent. Afghanistan is worse off."

The re-election of President Barack Obama was also on topic during Monday evening's interview where Stone gave the president his approval, although cautiously:

"I'm pleased he won the election. I voted for him," said Stone about Obama. "It was a better choice than Romney. But both men are operating inside of the economy where American security is paramount."

"Obama said that America is the indispensable nation again," continued Stone. "It's a very dangerous rhetoric. We're not indispensable. We're not God appointed. We are very - we should be very humble in the face of the prosperity that we have. But we've used our - frankly, we've become like the New York Yankees a bit, like a little arrogant."

Watch the clips, and listen to the interview, as Stone shares why he thinks America is falling into the "old concept of American empire."
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  1. rrin2012

    Piece of crap G5 populist. Coddled Hollywierd nutcase. No example of heroism? Petraeus' finger has more heroism and dedication that a hundred a#$wipes like Stone. Shut the F- up!

    November 13, 2012 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Craig

    Michael Hastings? I think someone made a mistake in the booking. Either that or my respect for your bringing in of intelligent alternate voices has gone up tenfold. Thank you for that. And Stone. Both were spot on. Add Glenn Greenwald to the lineup and I think I'll get a serious case of the vapours. My my...

    I don't often give you credit but you (and your producer) deserve it for this. Again, thanks.

    November 13, 2012 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Chuck Fry

    You're missing the point. It's NOT about morality, it's about the other woman blackmailing the general that they will go to his wife if he doesn't provide information.

    November 13, 2012 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. matthewdowd

    Oliver Stone is CIA.

    November 14, 2012 at 11:57 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • rrin2012

      Oliver Stone is far, far too stupid and soft to be CIA. Obama was conned into 30,000 troops says so much more about Obama than Petraeus

      November 15, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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