Joe Wilson's War or: Much Ado About Aluminum Tubes

Fair Game Film Review I love political thrillers. Well in this case, “thriller” is being a bit generous, it’s more of a drama, the numerous shots of Sean Penn and Naomi Watts watching news clips in airports isn’t exactly edge of your seat action and suspense. Not to sell this film short, Valeria Plame is quite the femme fatale. Watching the film a had a lot more respect for her service and realized how badly the Government screwed her over. This film does a good job of covering all the bases and clears up a lot of the misconceptions about the scandal. For those who don’t know, Valerie Plame was an undercover CIA agent with a husband who was a former Ambassador to Niger. She suggested he be sent to investigate the possible sale of yellow cake to Saddam Hussein. He didn’t find anything but his visit and report were still used as a pretext for war with Iraq and when he realized what had happened he wrote an op-ed column and became one of the first to speak out against the case for war, in realiation, White House staffer Scooter Libby outed his wife as an agent publicly, endangering her contacts, operations and ending her career. As I said it is a political drama with many intricacies, and not so much action, but it is nonetheless a very compelling story, it also shows what a difference the media makes in todays politics. I was initially skeptical, given Sean Penn’s outspoken stance against the war in Iraq, but the film is very fair and balanced, not pushing an agenda but presenting all the angles. It was argued that Joe Wilson’s media campaign was shameless self-promotion, it’s not presented as such but the film is smart in showing lecture halls before and after his media exposure and Ambassador Wilson is obviously and understandably invigorated by his new found fame. His career, even facing off against Saddam Hussein before the first Gulf war, was very distinguished but not recognized or celebrated. If you’re into politics, political thrillers or anything definitely see this movie. It’s full of intrigue and personal drama, and offers an initmate look into the personal struggles of two people caught in the crosshairs of the media and government. What the White House and CIA did to one of their own is simply deplorable. It’s both agrivating and fascinating, it’s amazing how two people, a married couple, with the husband not knowing much about his wife’s work, were both such central figures in the lead up to the war in Iraq. I do however have one beef with the producers, and with the CIA, as a Canadian I’m tired of American spies using our nationality as cover, in Syriana, Mission: Impossible, and in this film. American tourists looking for a better reception overseas by sewing maple leaves on their backpacks is one thing, but spooks using our good name can have serious ramifications – Canadians travelling abroad might find themselves being taken away by immigration officials for a little chat more frequently, for instance. Thanks Hollywood, and the CIA. Then again that’s the only cover one could easily take, they’re not going to pass for Tibetan Monks, per se.

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