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“In the Loop,” follows the run-up to a joint British and American conflict with an unnamed Arab nation. It quickly becomes clear that war is foolhardy — yet inevitable. The machinery, once set in motion, can’t be stopped: Staffers, politicians, and the press all have their reputations to maintain. There was no conspiracy to take the nation to war — just a confederacy of dunces.

Though I reject that view of the Iraq War, it is far closer to the truth than the anti-capitalist paranoia of leftists like Michael Moore, who saw business-based conspiracies driving the march to war.

In the nation’s capital, conspiracies a la “Scandal” are rarely necessary. Simple incompetence and career-building, a la “Veep,” will usually suffice.