Operation Strangelove: "Stop Cowboy Diplomacy!"

May 14, 2003

Nearly 40 years after its release, Stanley Kubrick’s classic Cold War satire "Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb" is getting a second life, thanks in part to President Bush.

In a form of protest against the Bush administration, "Dr. Strangelove" will be screened tonight in over 40 cities from New York to Puerto Rico to Oakland in an action dubbed Operation Strangelove.

Organizers of Operation Strangelove are billing it as an action to "Stop cowboy diplomacy." That is not only a reference to the foreign policies of President Bush. That is also a reference to the film’s iconic ending, in which actor Slim Pickens as Major T.J. "King" Kong rides a nuclear bomb to Kingdom Come while holding his 10-gallon hat aloft and hollering, "Yee-haw!"

Jen Nessel, organizer of Operation Strangelove, a campaign to hold screenings around the country’s of Stanley Kubrick’s1964 Cold War satire, "Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop and Love the Bomb" to protest cowboy diplomacy, unilateral preemptive strikes.

Link: Operation Strangelove