Film director Ang Lee has blamed George W Bush and tony Balir for 'mess' in Iraq
The film-maker said President Bush and Mr Blair “under-planned” the 2003 invasion and Iraqis had been forced to choose between “dictatorship and chaos”.
Lee said: “It's a bad war. It's a messy situation.
“What happened today comes from 2004 and 2001. It's all relevant. One things leads to the next. What you do today affects what's going on in the next 10 years.“
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Asked whether Mr Bush and Mr Blair were to blame for the continuing crisis in Iraq, Mr Lee replied: “I think they under-planned, created a mess – intentionally or unintentionally, I don't know.
“I have sympathy for both the soldiers' side and the people's side in Iraq. It's miserable.
“Choose between dictatorship and chaos. Pick one.
Choose between dictatorship and chaos. Pick one
Director Ang Lee
“In one way I feel fortunate not to live there. On the other hand, for people who do live there or serve there, I would like to understand them more.”
Mr Lee, who won best director Oscars for Brokeback Mountain and Life Of Pi, has directed a new film about the experiences of a fictional US soldier who served in Iraq called Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk.
Mr Lee went on to claim Iraqis had been forced to choose between 'dictatorship and chaos'
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The film maker claims the former national leaders 'under-planned' the 2003 invasion
The movie stars British newcomer Joe Alwyn as Billy Lynn who is hailed a hero for an act of bravery during his service, which results in him appearing in the Super Bowl half-time show.
Taiwanese-born Mr Lee said: “I would have liked to have avoided (casting an actor from outside America) if I can but my top five choices were all from London.
179 British soldiers who died during the Iraq War
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179 UK servicemen and women died during the campaign that followed the invasion of Iraq on 20 March 2003.
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Ang Lee won best director Oscars for Brokeback Mountain and Life Of Pi
“The best man got the job. Joe Alwyn is good.
“It's not hard for him. I think he did a great job.”
:: Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk is released in UK cinemas on February 10.