U.S. officials shrug off fictional Turkish movie about Iraq
ARLINGTON, Va. — The U.S government is shrugging off a Turkish movie that portrays U.S. troops in Iraq as merciless killers.
U.S. troops in Europe have been urged to avoid theaters showing the film, “Kurtlar Vadisi — Irak” (“The Valley of the Wolves — Iraq”), which pits the hero character against a sadistic American Special Forces commander and a Jewish-American doctor who sells Iraqi detainees’ organs to Israel and the United States.
Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Tuesday that the chiefs have no plans to protest the movie.
“It is a fictitious movie,” Pace said. “It clearly does not have any basis in fact, and there is no reason for us to comment on fiction.”
Also Tuesday, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Turkey is a foreign country, and that means the issue falls under the purview of the State Department.
Speaking to reporters Feb. 2, State Department spokesman Sean McCormack brushed off a question on what the movie shows about the United States’ efforts to garner support in the Muslim world.
“I don’t do movie reviews,” he said.