If screenwriters gene-spliced Wag the Dog with The West Wing and set it in the context of Anglo-American relations, the result would be Armando Iannucci's In the Loop, a scabrously funny look at the cutthroat game of statecraft.
At stake is whether British doves will ally with American hawks to invade an unnamed Middle Eastern nation. So blinkered and careerist are most of the players that only two see the big picture.
The ones with a clear goal are that geyser of profanity Malcolm Tucker (Peter Capaldi), a British press officer, and Linton Barwick (David Rasche), a iron-fisted State Department hawk. Everybody else is a pawn, with teeth.