Wag the Dog is a 1997 American political satire black comedy film produced and directed by Barry Levinson and starring Dustin Hoffman and Robert De Niro.
The screenplay centres on a spin doctor and a Hollywood producer who fabricate a war in Albania to distract voters from a presidential sex scandal.
The film came out based on that novel, Wag the Dog. In it, a president was failing in his re-election bid, and came up with the scheme of using military action to save his campaign. This became a “reality” the year after it was released, when Bill Clinton faced impeachment during the Monica Lewinsky scandal, where he was caught in the felony of committing perjury. Days after the scandal broke, Bill Clinton ordered missile strikes against two countries, Afghanistan and Sudan. During impeachment proceedings, Clinton also bombed Iraq, drawing further “wag the dog” allusions. With the scandal still on the public’s mind in March 1999, his administration launched a bombing campaign against Yugoslavia.