Spacey makes case for Iraq-nophobia
Kevin Spacey believes that America's troops can oust Saddam Hussein in less than two weeks. But he thinks the country's military brilliance is being misused for political ends.
"We have a job in Afghanistan we haven't finished," the two-time Oscar winner told us Monday night during a party to launch Triggerstreet.com, a Web site that gives undiscovered screenwriters the chance to pitch him scripts.
"We have [fewer] troops in Afghanistan at this moment than we had in Kosovo. There's no clear victory in Afghanistan. There's a clear victory in Iraq in about 11 days. I think the [U.S. armed forces] can pull it off. And President Bush knows it."
Spacey blamed last week's Republican rout of the Democrats on "our having had Iraq 24 hours a day for five months. There's not a single domestic issue that anyone in this country was paying attention to."
Republicans "left the impression that if you questioned whether [an invasion] is a good idea or not, you're unpatriotic," said Spacey, who worked on Jimmy Carter's 1976 presidential campaign and wrote
speeches for Illinois congressman John Anderson's 1980 presidential campaign.
With Saddam waiting to see if the U.S. will blink, said Spacey, "I hope that wisdom will prevail, that we'll find a a way to diplomatically solve what is no bigger a crisis than the missiles of October [i.e., the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis].
"If we did what [Bush] is talking about doing, we'd go down a road from which we would never recover and which would start a chain reaction around the world. I live in the hope that it won't happen."
Wishing him well at the Hudson Hotel on his Internet enterprise were Angie Harmon, Duncan Sheik, Caroline Rhea, Illeana Douglas, James Gandolfini, Jewel, Macaulay Culkin, Liev Schreiber, John Turturro, Marisa Tomei, Mark Consuelos, Molly Shannon, Peter Riegert, Robin Williams, Sam Rockwell, Sophie Dahl, Wesley Snipes and Yoko Ono.