In the Loop directed by Armando Iannucci is a wonderful piece of cinema with a touch or rather a chuck of truth throw into the mix. “The US President and UK Prime Minister fancy a war. But not everyone agrees that war is a good thing. The US General Miller doesn’t think so and neither does the British Secretary of State for International Development, Simon Foster. But, after Simon accidentally backs military action on TV, he suddenly has a lot of friends in Washington, DC. If Simon can get in with the right DC people, if his entourage of one can sleep with the right intern, and if they can both stop the Prime Minister’s chief spin-doctor Malcolm Tucker rigging the vote at the UN, they can halt the war. If they don’t… well, they can always sack their Director of Communications Judy, who they never liked anyway and who’s back home dealing with voters with blocked drains and a man who’s angry about a collapsing wall.” Written by Loop Film Productions Ltd/AT.
This film is a testament to how our world governments operate. The perfect example of how national and even global policy is decided. Instead of using reason or anything that resembles logic, we resort to using backwater channels, and twisting numbers, facts, statistics to fit the desires of a few elected (and usually ignorantly elected) officials. Nothing is based in truth only half-truths that officials spout and spew for their usually foaming mouths. As if your passion or anger equates to your validity or accuracy. Here is a bit from a scene right after an official meeting about backing an American war effort between British/America delegates and government officials. Mr. Linton Barwick an American ‘Secretary of Policy’ the man gun-ho for the war is speaking with his top aide Bob Adriano to find out how the meeting went.
Bob Adriano: Ah, generally positive, two glitches…
Linton Barwick: Really, what?
Bob Adriano: Karen flagged a report by one of her staffers. She’s obviously trying to use it as some kind of roadblock. It’s called PWIP PIP.
Linton Barwick: PWIP what?
Bob Adriano: PWIP PIP.
Linton Barwick: What is it, a report on bird calls? What does it even stand for?
Bob Adriano: I can’t recall. It’s factish. Intel for and against intervention.
Linton Barwick: We have all the facts on this we need. We don’t need any more facts. In the land of truth, my friend, the man with one fact is the king. You said there was something else, what is that?
Bob Adriano: In the meeting with the Foreign Office, the committee was accidentally and briefly alluded to.
Linton Barwick: Which committee?
Bob Adriano: The…
Bob Adriano: The war committee, sir.
Linton Barwick: All right, Karen is not to know about this, huh? She is an excitable, yapping she-dog. Get a hold of those minutes. I have to correct the record.
Bob Adriano: We can do that?
Linton Barwick: Yes, we can. Those minutes are an aide-memoire for us. They should not be a reductive record of what happened to have been said, but they should be more a full record of what was intended to have been said. I think that’s the more accurate version, don’t you?
The man basically tells his aid “We control what is said and what people will think or know what was said.” In the scene they go and completely change the documents. Another scene later on the British foil to the Linton character, Mr. Malcolm Tucker, completely changes intel to fit his pro war needs. Then uses that document to rig the voting in favor of the war. This, this is how governments even against their own populations’ wishes go to war with other countries or approve bills that totally go against the general public’s consensus.
Don’t get me wrong there are a few people in our (the world’s) governments who truly mean to do good as shown by the film’s half-witted protagonist Simon Foster. But most officials are so busy try to protect their own a**, whether it be from their own constituents or their government peers. Which the latter of that last statement seems to carry much more weight. It’s like politics is, at least ‘American’ politics is just big d**k waving contest. Instead of actually working together to get anything done, passed, put through, or changed; our government no excuse me I should say our two political parties just fight about who is getting their way. Isn’t it ironic how this ‘democracy’ (democratic republic) is truly only represented by two, count them two political parties. How can 310,958,000 (estimate US Census Bureau) be represented by two parties. How can two parties with one view on every topic from religious clout to economic standards represent every person in this country. It’s really preposterous when you actually think about it but I digress.
It’s just pitiful our dysfunctional pretty little ‘democracies’ are. We (America & Allies [don’t believe me check out the ISAF]) are so ready to push our governmental ideals and policies on other countries but we can’t even get our acts together. It like telling your child candy rots your teeth as you chomp down on a snickers. Now I can only speak for the US when I say this. But our government in my opinion is like a beautiful corpse bride. Gorgeous until you lift the veil. Don’t get to close you might see or hear something you don’t want to.
Be sure to check out the movie @ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1226774/