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When it comes to crazy plans, there's a fine line between "just crazy enough to work" and "so crazy it won't work." That line is explored to great effect in Argo, a supremely entertaining and stimulating film directed by Ben Affleck about the time the CIA used a fake movie production to try to sneak Americans out of Iran during the 1979-81 hostage crisis. Objectively speaking, it was a bad idea. But as one of the characters in the movie puts it, "It's the best bad idea we've got." The mission took place in January 1980 and was big news at the time, but the amazing account of what really happened wasn't declassified until 1997. By then, the episode was no longer of general interest, and it had been overshadowed in history by the...

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