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As his first feature film appears, just how seriously should we be taking Britain's pre-eminent satirist?

By Hans Kundnani   April 2009

An American president decides to invade a Middle Eastern country for reasons that are unclear. A neo-con assistant secretary of state begins covertly planning for war whilst publicly denying that a decision to go to war has been taken. The British prime minister offers the American president his full support and his director of communications distorts intelligence reports in order to justify the war. Weak cabinet ministers nervously prevaricate but ultimately fall into line while mandarins fail to stand up to their political bosses. The dodgy intelligence, based on a single, dubious source, is used to persuade the United Nations…

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