- Just Think of the US’ Endless Wars as a Constant String of Increasingly Derivative Hollywood Sequels
The US has reprised its crowd-pleasing anti-Islamic State campaign in Syria, the latest instalment of the blockbuster War on Terror series of wars, which has convinced many Americans to back their country’s overseas adventures.
SCENE: Mud-spattered beige MRAPs flying dust-stained American flags crest majestically over a hill in the middle of the Syrian desert, surrounded on all sides by sand and a bombed-out ruin here and there. Ominous music plays faintly in the background, but the mood is a triumphant one – no disaffected Kurds throwing rotten veggies at these proud sons of Uncle Sam! That’s right – the US is back in Syria, and they’re gonna get ISIS – again – and win back the hearts and minds of those Kurds. [end SCENE]
US CENTCOM commander Gen. Kenneth McKenzie did his best to build up excitement for the latest episode in the long-running US vs ISIS series, encouraging Americans not to give up hope of a quality war even if the action in this particular instalment starts out slow: “Over the next days and weeks, the pace will pick back up against remnants of ISIS,” he told reporters last week from the middle of a security conference in Bahrain.
The US vs ISIS saga is a hot commodity just a month after President Donald Trump triumphantly announced the killing of the terror group’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, a terrorist whose mysterious history – did his prison stint in the US’ notorious Camp Bucca merely supply him with much-needed street cred, or did they teach him everything he knew about scaring the critical capacity right out of Americans’ heads? – gave him enough of an intriguing backstory that viewers feel like he’s something more than a monster-of-the-week type throwaway villain.