A new Hollywood thriller dramatises one of many unsavoury events in the run-up to the invasion of Iraq.
In 2003 the US establishment told the world that Saddam Hussein was buying uranium from Niger.
Unfortunately for them, Joe Wilson, the US envoy sent to Niger to investigate, revealed that it wasn’t happening.
And he found that the regime knew he had discovered this when it spread the story.
In the recriminations that followed, president Bush’s people revealed that Wilson’s wife was a CIA agent.
The film looks solid and worthy, but it seems to sex up what was a fairly sordid affair and so may not work as a thriller.
In the film, Naomi Watts is the CIA agent and Sean Penn is Wilson.
It may be too caught up in the liberal idea of the US government as a nice state led astray by neo-cons—but it’s better that suggesting that the invasion was right.