Quotes: America Saves the Day

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    Film — Live-action 

"We cut 'em in half with a machine gun and give 'em a Band-Aid. It was a lie. And the more I saw them, the more I hated lies."
Willard, Apocalypse Now

RAF Pilot #1: It's from the Americans... they want to organize a counter-offensive!
RAF Pilot #2: (standing around impotently) Well, it's about bloody time.

Mgr. Strasser: You give him credit for too much cleverness. My impression was that he's just another blundering American.
Cpt. Renault: We musn't underestimate American blundering. I was with them when they "blundered" into Berlin in 1918.

    Live-action TV 

Tuvok: Captain, any action we take to protect the Ocampa would affect the balance of power in this system. The Prime Directive would seem to apply.
Janeway: Would it? We never asked to be involved, Tuvok, but we are. We are.
Star Trek: Voyager, "Caretaker"

    Music 
We'll send them all we've got!
John Wayne and Randolph Scott!
Remember those exciting fighting scenes?
To the shores of Tripoli!
(But not to Mississippoli)
What do we do? Send the marines!
Tom Lehrer, "Send The Marines"

    Video Games 

U.S.A. is dominate!
Leader Enemy Boss, Duty Calls

Leon: What's so funny?
Saddler: Oh, I think you know. The American prevailing is a cliche that only happens in your Hollywood movies. Oh Mr. Kennedy, you entertain me! To show my appreciation, I will help you awaken from your world of clichés.

We are the most powerful military force in the history of man. Every fight is our fight.
General Shepherd, Modern Warfare 2, before he's revealed as a General Ripper directly invoking this trope

    Webcomics 

I'll be the hero, of course!
America, Axis Powers Hetalia

...just as [Tiki god Graal-Grosh] was about to slay the queen and send the kingdom into eternal misery forever, Americans arrived!
— "Take Your Keiki To Work Day"

    Web Animation 

I've said some mean things about the Uncharted series: like how it's about a smug American cunt so massive that it could use Cleopatra's Needle as a sex aid... But as much as I've joked that Nathan Drake is a one man declaration of war by the United States upon the entire rest of humanity, I'd like to finally move past that.

I'd like to, but I fucking can't, because now he's after ME!

    Web Original 

In short it is the naive belief that if we all let the market run things, ate McDonald's every day, spoke American English and traded with each other that we would all get along and never go to war.

While shirtless men are shooting their way through deadly game shows, a war is on the horizon. The evil General Akhboob, despot ruler of Kookistan, is using his resources to create an army of mutants. He is also, despite his constant protests otherwise, not making baby milk of any sort. Meanwhile, at the United Nations, the decision is made to send in the Doomsday Squad, two shirtless guys who specialize in running around and blowing stuff up. As Captain Carnage and Major Mayhem, it's up to you to shoot your way through Akhboob's forces, rescue as many captured civilians as you can, and generally feel very awkward, given how the whole conflict the game is based on turned out.
Hardcore Gaming 101 on Total Carnage

You might label this as typical American jingoism mixed with our own absurd sense of global entitlement to our opinion and stereotypical view of all things non-Anglo and—well you'd probably be right... We just want to see movies about dudes dropping absurdly large bombs on buildings to the stirring strains of 'Highway to the Danger Zone' and pulverizing the fuck out of some hapless bastards who had no idea who they were messing with when they dared to piss off the U.S. of A. As long as the villains could easily be equated to Nazis and said things like 'I vill have zis Yanqui pikdok's skin nailed to ze vall!' it didn't really matter that they're Russians or Libyans; we were just rocking out and enjoying the firebombing, secure in the knowledge that whoever was getting blown up, they were Bad Guys and had it coming.

...the good guys don’t always come from the land you’re born in, and the geopolitical reality of countries is never quite as simple as the black and white portrayal the media instills in you. But that must be pretty difficult to understand while inside the belly of the beast, where most TVs in bars and restaurants are tuned to Fox News, and where the Nobel Peace Prize winning president allows for Middle Eastern children to be killed regularly by mistake with drone strikes.

A world in which heroism is a banal and rote opposition to a nebulously defined evil, where the wheels turn and the bullets fly without any larger interest being served. Looking back, we can see that the greatest sin of real American heroes is not blind patriotism, or any jingoistic brutality, but the far more banal evil of base nihilism. We do not fight because we must, nor because we can, nor even because we want to. Indeed, we do not fight because. We simply fight, real heroes that we aren't.

Krauthammer is an unapologetic — strident — hawk. He chides Jeane Kirkpatrick, no less, for suggesting that after the breakup of the Soviet Union, the United States might become 'a normal country in a normal world.' On the contrary, he admonishes, we live in a permanently abnormal world. 'There is no alternative to confronting, deterring and, if necessary, disarming states that brandish and use weapons of mass destruction. And there is no one to do that but the United States, with or without allies.' Of course there is no question of deterring or disarming the United States. The very idea is outlandish — America is uniquely benign, history's first 'reluctant hegemon,' almost quixotic in its 'hopeless idealism.'
Scott McLemee on Charles Krauthammer

    Web video 

Witness a film whose message of global unity means only America can save the world.

    Real Life 

Ask the average American what is the salient passion in his emotional armamentarium—what is the idea that lies at the bottom of all his other ideas—and it is very probable that, nine times out of ten, he will nominate his hot and unquenchable rage for liberty. He regards himself, indeed, as the chief exponent of liberty in the whole world, and all its other advocates as no more than his followers, half timorous and half envious. To question his ardour is to insult him as grievously as if one questioned the honour of the republic or the chastity of his wife.
H. L. Mencken, The American Credo: A Contribution Toward the Interpretation of the National Mind

Even if, which I do not for a moment believe, this Island or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our Empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the British Fleet, would carry on the struggle, until, in God's good time, the New World, with all its power and might, steps forth to the rescue and the liberation of the Old.
Winston Churchill, speech in the House of Commons, 1940

I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.
— Atributed to Admiral Yamamoto

War is mankind's most tragic and stupid folly; to seek or advise its deliberate provocation is a black crime against all men. Though you follow the trade of the warrior, you do so in the spirit of Washington — not of Genghis Khan. For Americans, only threat to our way of life justifies resort to conflict.
Dwight D. Eisenhower, Graduation Exercises at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, June 3, 1947

We are also the victims of an unfortunate caricature of our profession. That is, a lot of people think we are pinstriped cookie pushers. I know that because I am a regular guest, for better or worse, on the Ollie North Show. His listeners often tell me that I'm a pinstriped cookie pusher.
—Former U.S. Ambassador R. Nicholas Burns

Roddenberry had his own utopian vision about he perfectibility of man, and I never really believed that. And I don’t think the show demonstrates that. I think it is about gunboat diplomacy. In the final analysis, the Enterprise fires. They’re always shooting and bringing civilization, and coming to worlds where they don’t approve of tyrannical enterprises – no pun intended – and they substitute their own quote-unquote enlightened version of how society is supposed to work, which is essentially American.
Nicholas Meyer, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan commentary track