When Hollywood Gets Terrorism Right

Are war shows affecting the public's view of the real war on terrorism?

A U.S. military-intelligence officer told me last summer about a leader of the Iraqi insurgency who lived in Damascus. "We know his address. We know his phone number," the officer said. "Then why don't we just take him out?" I asked. "Well, that's not the sort of thing we do very well," the officer replied. "We have enough trouble keeping track of his whereabouts." When I wondered if I'd been watching too many spy movies, the officer smiled gently and said, "Probably."

That conversation...

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