In a recent New York Times review, Robert Mackey quotes from the director Paul Greengrass on the politics behind the Iraq war movie, the “Green Zone” that will be released March 12. He writes
Mr. Greengrass, who said he’s well aware that “people don’t come to the movies on a Saturday night in large numbers for a lecture, or a sermon, or to hear my views on anything, frankly,” explained that he wanted to tell a story about the invasion of Iraq because there was something “incredibly disruptive and turbulent about that decision,” adding: “It stretched all sorts of bonds, it overstretched sinews. It felt desperately, desperately rending and uncomfortable, as if some great disturbance, toxicity, discomfort was the result.”
He added: “This hugely difficult process by which we ended up going to war there, only then to find that the reason that we went to war was not true, left a huge legacy I think — a legacy of fear, paranoia and mistrust.
It looks like this movie will delve into the psychology and policy of preemption. In our book, The Iraq Papers, it was the Bush administration that “stretched” the bonds of international law, the Geneva Convention, constitutional powers of the executive, privacy, surveillance, and much more. I’m looking forward to seeing if and how the movie supports the basic arguments of the book.