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The Warfare of Genghis Khan 

A nuclear device is tested in the Indian Ocean, but none of the known nuclear powers will claim responsibility, leading to the possibility of a terrorist group holding missile tests. Vice ... See full summary »

Director:

Bill D'Elia

Writers:

Aaron Sorkin (created by), Peter Noah | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dulé Hill ... Charlie Young
Allison Janney ... C.J. Cregg
Joshua Malina ... Will Bailey
Janel Moloney ... Donna Moss
Richard Schiff ... Toby Ziegler
John Spencer ... Leo McGarry
Bradley Whitford ... Josh Lyman
Martin Sheen ... Jed Bartlet
Armin Mueller-Stahl ... Israeli Prime Minister Efraim 'Eli' Zahavy
Gary Cole ... Vice President Bob Russell
Jay Mohr ... Taylor Reid
Anna Deavere Smith ... Nancy McNally
Terry O'Quinn ... General Nicholas Alexander
Steve Ryan ... Secretary of Defense Miles Hutchinson
Christina Chang ... Alex Moreau
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Storyline

A nuclear device is tested in the Indian Ocean, but none of the known nuclear powers will claim responsibility, leading to the possibility of a terrorist group holding missile tests. Vice President Russell, heretofore dismissed by west wing staff as a joke, a four-term congressman alleged to be securely in the pocket of a large Colorado mining company, recalls a junket he'd taken early in his political career in which a drunken Israeli statesman confessed to secret missile tests. Russell visits the sit. room and puts the military and national security leaders at ease, leading the president and Leo to reassess the man's political gravitas. Bartlet then drags the Israeli p.m. to the White House, where they debate the power of the U.S. to dictate which states should have nuclear capabilities. Written by No indication it was a missile, device is more accurate

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Drama

Certificate:

TV-14
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 February 2004 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The main plot of this episode closely resembles the Vela Incident, although in the real-life incident the responsible party was never found, nor was it ever confirmed there actually was a detonation. See more »

Goofs

In season 2, the White House is committed to space exploration, evidenced by the Galileo probe sent to Mars. In this episode, Josh indicates that the White House has no plans for space exploration. See more »

Quotes

Leo McGarry: My generation never got the future it was promised... Thirty-five years later, cars, air travel is exactly the same. We don't even have the Concorde anymore. Technology stopped.
Josh Lyman: The personal computer...
Leo McGarry: A more efficient delivery system for gossip and pornography? Where's my jet pack, my colonies on the Moon?
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West Wing Main Title
(uncredited)
Written by W.G. Snuffy Walden
Performed by Pete Anthony
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