Monday, 10 December 2012

Bulls on Parade

Military budgets boom under Reagen and the Cold War rhetoric is ramped up. The American military, still smarting from getting its arse kicked in Vietnam and dithering around over Iran under Carter gets stuck into South America in earnest, backing coups, funding anti-communist insurgents, redoubling its efforts in Afghanistan and accelerating the Evil Empire propaganda. Soldiers re-emerge en masse in the Eighties, most famously of all with Rambo

Rambo is a good example of the hyperinflation of the Eighties In First Blood he's half human, still wounded by the trauma of Vietnam, by the third movie (after having returned to Vietnam to set the record straight) he is off to Afghanistan to help those powerful friends of the upcoming American Century Al Qaeda nee the Mujaheddin.)

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