- By Thomas E. RicksThomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008.
I saw Captain Phillips over the weekend. I thought it was very good, and pretty realistic in its portrayal of how the military operates. As I left the movie I thought, Yow, that’s the second movie I’ve seen in two weeks about Americans getting in lethal trouble while out in the Indian Ocean, the other being Robert Redford co-starring with the water in All is Lost.
Then I had another thought: Over the last 12 years, Hollywood has made two movies involving Somalis, and both involve killing Somalis, the first one being Black Hawk Down. Maybe they are the new “Indians” to our “cowboys.”
Joshua Keating is associate editor at Foreign Policy and the editor of the Passport blog. He has worked as a researcher, editorial assistant, and deputy Web editor since joining the FP staff in 2007. In addition to being featured in Foreign Policy, his writing has been published by the Washington Post, Newsweek International, Radio Prague, the Center for Defense Information, and Romania's Adevarul newspaper. He has appeared as a commentator on CNN International, C-Span, ABC News, Al Jazeera, NPR, BBC radio, and others. A native of Brooklyn, New York, he studied comparative politics at Oberlin College.| Passport |