The West Wing

Season 5 Episode 2

The Dogs of War

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Oct 01, 2003 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Leo: Oh, I don't think all Qumaris.

      Qumar is a made-up country.

    • The title of this episode is not mentioned in this episode but the one before it, "7A WF 83429." The possibility is high that these two episodes were meant to air back-to-back as the two-parter that they are.

    • Leo: Your government actively supports the Bahji.

      The Bahji terrorist cell is made-up.

    • The attack took place at 1110 Zulu Time, and the President was informed at 6:30 a.m. Eastern Time. During Daylight Savings Time, Eastern Time is only four hours behind Zulu (Greenwich Mean) Time.

  • Quotes

    • Steve: You don't get it, do you? Republicans are in awe of Bartlet. He recused himself in the only way he could. In the way envisioned by the Constitution.
      Josh: None of the framers were afraid of the President's daughter being kidnapped at musket-point.
      Steve: The whole notion of the 25th Amendment is that the institution matters more than the man. Bartlet's decision was even more self-sacrificing because he willingly gave power to his opposition.
      Josh: The institution may matter more, but it's your guy protecting it, not ours.
      Steve: A truly self-sacrificing act usually involves some sacrifice.

    • Bartlet: Six more American boys are dead.
      Leo: And that doesn't make you angry?
      Bartlet (yelling): Of course that makes me angry! (pause) "The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral. Returning violence with violence only multiplies violence, add deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars."
      Leo: Dr. King.
      Bartlet: I'm part of that darkness now, Leo. When did that happen?
      Leo: Dr. King wasn't wrong. He just didn't have your job.

  • Notes

    • Additional Credit:
      Washington D.C. Production Services by Thinkfilm, Inc.

    • Guest star William Devane and Martin Sheen co-starred together in the 1974 Made for TV film The Missiles of October.

    • William Devane is no stranger to White House roles. He also plays the Secretary of Defense in season four of "24," JFK in "The Missiles of October" and the President in "Stargate SG-1."

    • The title comes from Act III, Scene 1 of William Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar" as Marc Antony mourns the death of Caesar:

      "And Caesar's spirit, ranging for revenge,
      With Ate by his side come hot from hell,
      Shall in these confines with a monarch's voice
      Cry 'Havoc!' and let slip the dogs of war;
      That this foul deed shall smell above the earth
      With carrion men, groaning for burial."

  • Allusions