Global Zero, a group dedicated to the total eliminiation of nuclear weapons worldwide, has a new video out in support of President Obama's Iran nuclear deal.
The video stars Hollywood celebrities Jack Black (iCarly, Prop 8: the Musical, School of Rock), Morgan Freeman (Shawshank Redemption, Dolphin Tale 2), and the lesser-known Natasha Lyonne who co-starred in The Auteur Theory with TWS senior editor and Iran deal critic Lee Smith.
It also features American-born Queen Noor of Jordan, former U.S. ambassador Thomas Pickering, and embattled former CIA agent Valerie Plame.
The video, an attempt at humor, offers a false trichotomy in that Congress can either choose President Obama's Iran Deal, go to war with Iran, or we all die "like totally fried by a major nuclear bomb dead."
Nowhere is it suggested that Congress could reject a bad nuclear deal with Iran and pressure the Obama administration negotiate a better one.
My review of former top CIA lawyer John Rizzo’s book Company Man appears in the current issue of this magazine. A friend in a high place who read the review pointed out to me that the book adds something significant to our understanding of the Valerie Plame, Scooter Libby, Richard Armitage, Judith Miller, Robert Novak imbroglio.
"Valerie Plame’s career as a CIA operative was cut short when her cover was blown by George W. Bush’s White House,” reads the blurb of Plame’s latest imaginative stab. “Now, after dedicating herself to protecting the nation from its enemies, Plame turns to fiction . . .”
When Valerie Plame’s status as a CIA operative was revealed in 2003, Bush administration critics were adamant that a serious crime had been committed, that American national security interests had been put into jeopardy, and that the exposure warranted nothing less than the prosecution of a wide array of Bush administration officials.
Maureen Dowd screens “Fair Game,” the new Valerie Plame-Joe Wilson bio-pic, and gives us an account: if we are to rely upon her (a riskyish venture), the flick peddles a glammed-up Vanity-Fairy-tale of a damsel in distress defended against the forces of evil bravely if perhaps overbearingly by her manly husband/protector (oh, straight up the heart-fluttering MoDo alley).