As the 10-year anniversary of the Iraq War sparks somber reflection among Americans, the Marines pimp good, old-fashioned American interventionism with a troubling new recruitment video. Ominously titled “Toward the Sound of Chaos”, the ad plays like the trailer to an awesome Roland Emmerich movie, with marines rushing bravely toward some unknown danger in treacherous foreign lands. Check out these screenshots:
The video is punctuated by a haunting voice over:
If you believe the ad, the US Marines are a militarized police force with global jurisdiction. It also conflates the deliverance of foreign aid with military invasion, as though the former should have anything to do with the latter. Admittedly, the “boxes o’ Aid” are my favorite part of this ad. They remind me of bags with big dollar signs on them or the energon cubes from Transformers — they perfectly emphasize the child-like perception of war at the heart of the belief in the superheroism of the US armed forces. The ad also reminds me a little of this Nazi propaganda video cheering on the Russian invasion. Let’s take a closer look:
Maybe the video is trying to renew faith in the US armed services as a global force for good at a time when Americans are collectively reflecting on the horrible aftermath of the Iraq War, an effort the majority of Americans believe was a mistake. It’s now obvious to all but the most self-deluded that the invasion of Iraq has left both countries worse off and in need of serious healing. Hopefully, coming to terms with the abject realities of our recent foreign policy will separate Americans from the fairy-tale version of our armed services depicted in videos like this one.