"The post-Vietnam era was bad enough. Indeed, that whole Indochina adventure was a perfect preview of the modern American habit for failure. We showed up in Southeast Asia, killed two million or so people, sprayed half the Vietnamese peninsula with deadly chemicals, then pulled up suddenly and went home to spend the next 20 years or so making soft-lit, woe-is-us movies about how depressing it is to buy a Mexican hooker when your legs don't move." - Matt Taibbi
I enjoy a good rammy about wacky politics in films that I haven't seen as much as the next havering tool, but I think there are two points that need to be made just about the row that's erupted over Clint's latest movie, American Sniper:
1. It looks like nations don't much succumb to Vietnam syndrome if it's only other people who get rubbed out in vast numbers, rather than your own soldiers. You can imagine what this portends, in an era where it's possible to fight huge conflicts using only model planes. And
2. Even after fourteen years of watching the great stupid battletank of terror-war destruction smash dumbly around the planet flattening whole neighbourhoods and cities beneath its mighty treads, you can always rely on your sensitive modern centrist to launch a passionate, all-or-nothing denunciation by wailing about how the bumper-stickers on its huge, depleted uranium-belching arse represent false advertising.