By Patricia Keeton
No different cinematic style extra sharply illustrates the contradictions of yankee society - notions approximately social category, politics, and socio-economic ideology - than the struggle movie. This ebook examines the newest cycle of warfare motion pictures to bare how they mediate and negotiate the complexities of conflict, category, and a military-political venture principally long past undesirable.
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The articulation of a new imperial timetable originated in the Project for the New American Century (PNAC), a neoconservative think tank established in 1972 by William Kristol and Robert Kagan, consisting of the most influential of the Bush coterie: Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, James Woolsey (CIA director from 1993 to 1995 under Clinton), Paul Wolfowitz (deputy secretary of defense and later president of the World Bank), Richard Perle (assistant secretary of defense under Reagan), Jeb Bush, Richard Armitage (deputy secretary of state under Bush, 2001 to 2005), Senator John McCain, and some Republican-Reagan-era hawks.
If you tell us to make the world safe for democracy we will take you seriously and by god and by Christ we will make it so. . Put the guns into our hands and we will use them. Give us the slogans and we will turn them into realities. Sing the battle hymns and we will take them up where you left off. Not one not ten not ten thousand not a million not ten millions not a hundred millions but a billion two billions of us all the people of the world we will have the slogans and we will have the hymns and we will have the guns and we will use them and we will live.
Lines 161–165) The commander’s plan to test the fighting spirit of his armies immediately backfires. And now the first antiwar renegade in Western literature enters. Th e Wor k e r a s Wa r r ior 23 Thersites, a common soldier, described as “the ugliest man who ever came to Troy,” stands up in front of the Greek armies and denounces Agamemnon. Thersites says what everyone knows but that only Achilles, much later in the text, will have the courage to repeat publicly: Still moaning and groaning, mighty Atrides [Agamemnon]—why now?
American War Cinema and Media since Vietnam: Politics, Ideology, and Class by Patricia Keeton