American Good Cowboys

I like the military aspect of these series, however what is pissing me off is the propaganda, which makes them "heroes". Every day this propaganda is seen on censored TVs and doesn't that piss you off?

The closest comparison to a soldier is Mack, who thinks like a soldier, not a moralist... The storyline as you see is very attractive and "popular" which aproves the propaganda even more.

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Nov 9, 2008 6:51PM EST

Could you explain a little clearer please?

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Nov 10, 2008 3:28PM EST

They are heroes........calling it propaganda, to say so, is just a little wacko--- let me guess...9/11 was an inside job, too--

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Nov 12, 2008 8:54AM EST

That the general american population supports this show because it speaks how righteous their deeds are... You can see in many episodes how they twist the actions which resolve in devestation of native people into a "we had to do it for national security" thing. The Unit is a pure tool for justifing the means of American involvement in foreign affairs. Sad part is that the masses don't see this.As I said, I watch the movie because it has a good fictional story, which can't be true in any way with reality. Since we all know what scumbags are in the goverment. The unit might be real, but the deeds they would've done would be far from "the right" things they do in the show.
I don't see what 9/11 has got to do with this. I always rofl when i hear a naive person who belives the goverment. The goverment will never care for you and you should do likewise. ;)

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Nov 13, 2008 4:43PM EST

I only watch it for entertainment. Screw the rest, lol?

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Nov 16, 2008 9:22PM EST

This show isn't meant to portray reality. It is for entertainment and it IS entertaining.
What sickens me is the people out there *ahem* that watch a show like this and call it propaganda. This show is excellent in how it shows the stresses between military obligations and family life. The SACRAFICE that members of the military and even more so their FAMILIES make is incredible.
While you might not agree with US foreign policy it has NOTHING to do with the individual solider. They joined likely for a multitude of reasons, none of which probably have to do with current or past US foreign policy.#1 It is a job and a way for people to provide for themselves and their families. No different from what any of us want for ourselves and our families.#2 It is a job one can do with pride. They do what many are unwilling to and face difficulty that many will never know.

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Nov 18, 2008 7:19PM EST

I refuse to believe, or even merely agree with someone elses opinion on international affairs when they cannot even spell 'government'.

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Nov 19, 2008 2:39PM EST

Send me to the court of spelling. It's nice to find spelling mistakes when you're blind to find the actual point of the debate here.

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Nov 24, 2008 3:56PM EST

Madf11- while I agree with your hypothesis that there is often a wide variance between morality and the dictates of our national security policy, I would like to point out a couple of things. Firstly, soldiers as individuals can be moralists and still fulfill their duties within the dictates of their own conscience- basically, the parts can be separate from the thinking of, but still remain as parts of, the philosophy of the whole. Secondly, while acceding that there are many regrettable actions taken by our government in the name of national security, you cannot fairly condemn us without condemning EVERY other government in the world, for all governments have been known at some point to undertake the same actions and methodologies (if not worse) in the pursuit of sustaining their own national securities. In fact, read Nicollo Machiavelli's seminal work on international politics- written in the political climate of early Rennaisance Italy, it's suggestions confirm that high-handed, amoral actions have been a necessary (and yes, I do mean "necessary") part of international security and intel-gathering for centuries. Further back, the histories of ancients such as Josephus describe actions of torture and deception in the pursuit of gaining the upper hand in international conflicts. You could argue that these individuals were unenlightened, and yet they all had moral systems in place in their cultures, just like we do now (in some cases, even better). Here's the way I interpret it: humanity will always have an amoral element to it, and to maintain security normally moral people may be forced to act on the same level as the amoral. Game theorists have proved this mathematically time and time again, and international conflicts have physically confirmed that it is correct- if you don't push back as hard or harder (or don't use the same methods or worse) your power will be compromised and you will eventually be destroyed.And lastly, congratulations on living in a culture and country where we can openly have a discussion like this, without one or both of us being killed by the government or by anti-government terrorist groups. And it is this way because of these men who, regardless of what they may think about the morality of an operation, will place their lives in jeopardy so that you and I have the right as Americans to criticize the government's morality for them.

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Nov 30, 2008 11:38PM EST

I think anyone who takes Television so seriously has to get a life. This shows are made for entertainment purposes. Not for people to pick apart and scrutinize.

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Dec 8, 2008 1:42PM EST

Thanks for replying to my post banderson, but my point was, that the show sometimes uses itself as a cover for justifying some acts of American empirialism in the world. People sometimes forget that you don't have to intervene in everything. So they justify the acts of governments, as a must. However politics aren't moral, but it's all about resources. And that is what the masses don't see or don't want to see.

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