Brad Pitt’s ‘War Machine’ fails despite its epic ideas

McMahon, the latest general assigned to oversee the failing Afghanistan conflict, believes he can be the one to end the war. This will not be the case, and everyone seems to know that but him. The general thinks that a campaign of morale, shaking hands with the Afghan people, and smiling for a photo op, is just what the country needs. Deeming himself the smartest man in the room, McMahon ignores the advice of intelligence advisers. During an early briefing, a British adviser explains that Helmand, the region home to al-Qaeda, is unwinnable. Its also unnecessary, boasting a small percentage

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