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While I do enjoy Sorkin's works (and The West Wing in particular), it seems he rarely questions the parameters within which American foreign policy is conducted (or, as you state in the diary, does so from the wrong angle). Sure, he does so on occasion (for example, in one episode of TWW one character questions the selling of arms to a nation with little or no human rights; in another episode, the president agonises over whether to order the assassination of the minister of a foreign government with terrorist ties, before ultimately giving the go-ahead). I suppose one could argue that the chosen venue puts certain restrictions on what may be said (you wouldn't expect the inner circle of a White House to be a bunch of Noam Chomskys).
Sorry for going slightly off-topic.

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by NordicStorm (m<-at->sturmbaum.net) on Tue Jan 15th, 2008 at 05:51:16 AM EST
Yea, the West Wing was about the only thing I looked at when I still looked at TV.  Charlie Wilson's war doesn't quite have the same sparkling dialog or character development, but then it is quite a short (100 min.) one off film.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue Jan 15th, 2008 at 06:28:19 AM EST
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It's tough to beat the West Wing characters and lines.  I have several seasons of it on DVD.  Along with Boston Legal (the greatest show ever), it's one of the greatest shows in the history of television, although it went downhill after Sorkin left.

Sorkin's latest one, Studio 60, was weak.

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by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Wed Jan 16th, 2008 at 09:07:49 AM EST
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