In the comics and the 80's cartoon, G.I.Joe was an American-backed special missions unit made up of the best soldiers in every military outfit, fighting together to stop the terrorist organization known as "COBRA."
In the movies, they are made up of the best of the best of soldiers from around the world. The first movie dealt with them stopping the group which would become the cinematic version of COBRA.
The sequel made G.I.Joe more American roster-wise, but the fight against COBRA remained.
Anyway, now that we seem to be having more terrorism problems in the real world, some pundits have decided that a G.I. Joe-type template would be the key to victory: namely pay random soldiers to fight our wars for us. Some would can these mercenaries because, well that's what mercenaries do. G.I. Joe even has their own mercenary characters; most are COBRA-affiliated
But logic and reality doesn't stop someone like Bill O'Reilly. I'm pretty sure when he was watching the sequel and saw the scene regarding the "president's" um, method for nuclear disarmament he said, "WOW...we really need to make sure that never happens!"
Fortunately for humanity, there's enough real military officials who are calling the idea crazy
Labels: Bill O’Reilly, G.I.Joe, Media Matters