I don’t remember seeing popular culture engage the first Gulf War the way they are the second. If I remember, Three Kings seemed to be one of the first movies about the first Gulf War. I have to believe there were others, I just never heard about them.
But this time around entertainers (and I use that word loosely) are using the Iraq war much sooner. I suppose a documentary is a poor example, but I’ve seen lots of other fictional works using the war. Last week’s episode of E.R. being a prime example.
I’m not sure what that says about the conflict. I didn’t pay attention the first time around? More people are willing to question this war? More people are willing to examine this war? It’s dragging on longer and making more of an impact?