“Paul Haggis is in final negotiations to direct and produce Columbia Pictures’ adaptation of ‘Against All Enemies,’ the bestselling book by Richard Clarke, the former White House counterterrorism adviser,” Variety reports. “In the book, Clarke asserts the Bush administration did not sufficiently heed his warnings of a growing threat from Al Qaeda in the months leading up to Sept. 11, 2001, instead focusing obsessively on Iraq.”
Here are sample scenes from the Haggis project:
EXT. IRAQ – NIGHT
The infrared bombing raid on Baghdad: Flashes of light illuminate the green-hued sky.
Richard Clarke: (voiceover) It’s the sense of touch. In any real country, you talk, you know? You brush past people, people bump into you. In the White House, nobody touches you. We’re always behind this metal and glass and security detail. I think we miss that touch so much, that we invade other countries, just so we can feel something.
INT. WHITE HOUSE – DAY
George Bush: I would like to invade Iraq in the morning.
Richard Clarke: You what?… Look, why don’t you just go lie down, ok? Have you checked on Condoleeza?
Bush: Well of course I’ve checked on Condoleeza. I’ve checked on her every five minutes. Do not patronize me. I want to invade Iraq in the morning.
Clarke: Shhhh. It’s ok. Just go to bed, all right?
Bush: Okay, didn’t I just tell you not to treat me like a child? I would like to invade Iraq in the morning. And you know what, we’d appreciate it if you said that Sadaam Hussein was a terrorist threat.
Clarke: Sadaam Hussein?
Bush: Yes, yeah.
Clarke: What do you mean? Hussein?
Bush: Yea. Hussein. That guy out there with the big moustache, the pants around his ass, the WMDs.
Clarke: Oh come on. Hussein isn’t an imminent threat.
Bush: Oh really? And he isn’t going to sell WMDs to one of his friends the moment we let him off the hook?
Clarke: Look, you’ve had a really tough night. I think it’d be best if you’d go upstairs right now and…
Bush: And what? Wait for them to invade us?
Bush: I just had a WMD pointed in my face…
Clarke: You lower your voice.
Bush: [yelling] … and it was my fault because I knew it was gonna happen. But if a president sees two Arab leaders walking towards his country and he turns and walks away, he’s a racist, right? Well I got scared and I didn’t do anything and ten seconds later I had a WMD in my face. Now I am telling you, Sadaam Hussein is going to sell WMDs to one of his homies and this time it would be really fucking great if you acted like you gave a shit!
INT. WHITE HOUSE – DAY
Bush: Do you want to hear something funny?
Condoleeza Rice: What’s that George?
Bush: You’re the best friend I’ve got.