Well, I’ve been watching the Extended Edition Return of the King DVD. In it, there’s a scene that I regard as Peter Jackson’s jab at President Bush and the war furor that is being protrayed in the American media. In the scene, Frodo and Sam get swept up in an orc batallion and are forced to march to war, with an orc sargeant smacking everyone with whips. His words are straight from George W Bush’s mouth: “Don’t you know, we’re at war!”
It is of course entirely possible that Jackson meant nothing by this and that I’m reading way too much into it. But somehow I doubt it.