In The Stand the United States Military is portrayed as being the main culprit behind the creation of Captain Trips. As well as being ultimately responsible for the destruction of modern civilization when the virus escapes from Project Blue. The military is responsible for the quarantine efforts afterwards. In particular the U.S. Army is shown having a very heavy hand with little to no qualms about killing Americans in vast numbers in an effort to keep the pandemic contained and the news about Captain Trips under wraps.

In many of Stephen King's works ,where the U.S. military makes an appearance, it is often portrayed in a negative light. See also Dreamcatcher and The Mist.


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