George F. Will: 'Zero Dark Thirty' reflects the need to face facts

Published: Sunday, Jan. 13 2013 12:00 a.m. MST

The government properly cooperated with the making of this movie because the public needs realism about the world we live in. "We live," says Col. Jessup, "in a world that has walls. ... You want me on that wall, you need me on that wall." Regarding terrorism, the problem is that we live in a world without walls, without ramparts that can be manned for the purpose of repelling an invasion by a massed enemy.

When the CIA woman who drives the pursuit of bin Laden is about to enter, for the first time, the room where "enhanced interrogation" is administered, the CIA man who administers it tells her, "There's no shame if you want to watch from the monitor." She, however, knows, and viewers of "Zero Dark Thirty" will understand, it is best to look facts, including choices, in the face.

George Will's email address is georgewill@washpost.com.

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