David Kahane, at National Review Online, finds fuel for the next box office blockbuster in some recent headline.
[W]e still canâ€™t sell scripts about â€œMuslim terrorists,â€ but a celebrity death match between the Central Intelligence Agency and the person who stands second to the vice president in the line of succession to the White House should any, you know, unfortunate accident befall the leader of the free world, is right up our alley. Which is why I was first off the mark last week when Nancy Dâ€™Alesandro Pelosi, the flower of Baltimore and the pride of San Francisco, accidentally pulled the pin on a live hand grenade in front of the fiercely independent Washington press corps and blew herself up.
She wasnâ€™t trying to, of course. She was trying to explain to a bunch of less-than-enchanted media stenographers who would rather be covering Michelle Obamaâ€™s workout, or even Bo the dogâ€™s breakfast, that the nasty, un-American CIA has deliberately â€œmisledâ€ her when discussing just precisely how they were going to insert bamboo shoots under the fingernails of a caterpillar that they would then waterboard and introduce into the cell of some totally innocent mujahedin caught up in the lawless Bush-Cheney dragnet during the hysteria that followed the inside job that was 9/11 and . . .
In the other corner we have the Central Intelligence Agency, which we in Tinseltown have been depicting for years as just about the most malevolent organization in the world, outside of the Catholic Church, the Club for Growth, and the Cheney family. In movie after movie, the shadowy CIA guy always wound up as the villain in the last reel. So imagine our surprise when, during the Bushitler interregnum, we discovered that the CIA is on our side, and has been for decades! Screwed up the whole Shah of Iran thing and opened the way for the mullahs? Check! Consistently overrated and then failed to forecast the sudden disintegration of the Soviet Union? Check!! Never did quite figure out what Osama bin Laden was up to? Check!!!
To top it all off, along came super-top-secret agent/Vanity Fair babe Valerie Plame and her dashing, Graydon-Carter-tressed hubby, Joe Wilson, running a sting operation against the hapless Bush White House, whipsawing the president and the veep with Joeâ€™s unprovoked New York Times tale of sipping mint tea with Colonel Kurtz up the Congo and all of sudden thereâ€™s shouting about the â€œsixteen wordsâ€ in Chimpyâ€™s State of the Union address and Valerie is outed by Cheney flunky Scooter Libby â€” okay, by Colin Powell flunky Dick Armitage, same thing â€” and then Judy Miller goes to jail and . . .
[H]ereâ€™s the script that just made me a cool $1.5 mil plus five monkey points plus two first-class tickets to the premiere: Three Days of the Dodo Bird.
We open in Abu Ghraib prison, post-â€œMission Accomplished,â€ where a SHADOWY CIA AGENT gets the bright idea to strike fear into the hearts of Americaâ€™s â€œenemiesâ€ by photographing completely innocent prisoners in outrageous situations (piled naked on top of each other, led around on a dog leash by a woman, forced to wear panties on their heads) calculated to offend and inflame the sensibilities of the Religion of Peace. Now, you and I both know that these kinds of things happen every week at the right Hollywood parties, and theyâ€™re tons of fun, but for some weird cultural reason the photos are deemed offensive, the super-top-secret psy-war campaign winds up on the front page of the Times every day for a year, and the Shiâ€™ites hit the fan.
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