Lions for Lambs is an American drama war movie from 2007. We meet a Republican Senator (Tom Cruise) who would like to represent a new strategy for victory in Afghanistan to a veteran reporter (Meryl Steel), two special forces who are ambushed in said operation on the Afghani ridge, and their previous college professor who tries to re-engage a promising student by telling him the soldiers story. What makes this an interesting movie, is that they are all connected to each other.
The two students Arian and Ernest were inspired to do something with their lives, by their professor Dr. Malley. Therefore, they become soldiers for the special forces. Their story becomes the string between the different people in the movie as the Senators decisions will affect Arian and Ernest’s fates and their story will affect Todd’s life. At some point, they all have something to do with the U.S. involvement in the war in Afghanistan.
“The decisions you make now, can’t be changed, it will take years and years of hard work to redo it. No lifeguard is watching you anymore, you are on your own. The decisions you make are yours alone, from here an til the end.”
This was something the professor said to his student Todd. What he meant was that as we grow up, we have to make choices, someone more important than others. Our future is shaped by our choices we take today. To some, this is very scary, but to others it’s freedom. For me, it’s both. Soon I will graduate from High School and I have to find out what I would like to do. Should I go in the army, should I take a gap year or should I go straight to college? These choices I have to make will play a role in shaping my future. As for the movie, Arian and Ernest’s choices shaped their future. They chose to do something important and as a result, they became soldiers. This decision can’t be changed, and they made it all alone.
America needs to do more. The students in this movie try to get others involved. Discuss how this clip is important to the movie. Do you agree with these students’ choices?
This clip is important to the movie as it shows that
The professor asks Todd to get involved. What can he do?
In order for Todd to get involved, he can
Is there a connection between social conditions, the welfare state and the USA’s involvement in wars?
The U.S war in Afghanistan enters its 16th year, and president Donald J. Trump indicates that there is no end in sight, by tweeting “Let’s get out!”. In August, for example, he sent thousand more troops into the war. It seems like the United States is most likely to stay highly involved in Afghanistan as long as Trump is the president, and perhaps even longer.
A report released by the US Census Bureau in 2010 shocked both Americans and people around the world. It showed that the poverty in the country never has been higher. Ironically, America is the richest country in the world. Clearly, this shows that a few handful of people are very rich, while the majority, on the other hand, does not have a big income. There are definitely most individual suffering in the United States. Critics claim that 99% of the American population no longer has a political representation as the 1% are so rich that they have taken over. This way, only one percent of the population decides whether or not the involvement in the wars are high or not, which makes it clear that there is a connection between social conditions and the involvement in the wars.
Military spending on the wars in both Iraq and Afghanistan is one of the main reasons for the huge deficit in the American economy. Maybe if they would have used the tax money on the welfare state rather than war, the differences between the rich and poor wouldn’t be so big. This way the social conditions would be better, the welfare state stronger and the involvement in wars be smaller.
However, going big makes it harder to go small. Both previous president Bush and Obama put massive resources into Afghanistan to win. Additionally, Americans are patriotic. They pledge allegiance to the flag at school and are tough to dream about fighting for their country. Because a lot of people are so poor, their country is all they have and every victory for the country is a victory for them personally. A lot of Americans are brainwashed and believe that winning the war will make life better.
I believe that the Media has a huge impact on how the American people are informed as well. They have the power to present the facts as they want. Because of this, the war can occur to be in favor for the American people as the information is presented in a specific way. By excluding information, the media can trick the people to only read about the good things, and therefore make people support the war.
Others, on the other hand, are aware of the big military budget which is at 523.9 billion US dollars each year. A lot of people will debate that this money should rather be used to strengthen and improve the social conditions in the country. As the war in Afghanistan is ongoing, it will continue to be a highly debated theme. Unfortunately, there is no correct answer on how the budget should be divided; it depends on who you ask.