Watching the trailers for this new action movie, I find myself somewhat bemused. The USA spends more money on our military establishment than the next five nations combined, yet we are supposed to accept the idea that a terrorist organization could not only take over the White House, but also trash the Washington Monument?
And it was not that long ago that we ourselves pulled of the military raid of the century, nailing Bin Laden in his Pakistan safe house without losing a single man. Any rational human would figure that the world needs to be afraid of us, not the other way around.
I guess what puzzles me is- where's the reason for us to be frightened of any other nation-state, or even any terrorist organization? It makes for a dramatic tale, I suppose? Brave but rejected federal agent is the only man standing, so he takes down ALL the evil goons who have taken over the White House, just by himself??
I know there were lots of fans of Air Force One, and Red Dawn, too, even though both of them were absolutely nonsensical in terms of military reality. Where does the paranoia come from? It's not just silly, though. This kind of crap does sink into the national psyche, and convinces us to spend money on weapons we do not need for battles that will never happen. Lots of people criticize Hollywood for being too left wing. But really, lots of movies are ridiculously right wing, in terms of fearing things that are not realistic to fear.