‘Arrow’ Drops a Nuclear Bomb: Where is the Military?

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It actually happened. Damien Darhk’s (Neal McDonough) plan to kill the world off came to pass on “Arrow” — sort of. After trying to launch an arsenal of nuclear weapons at the Earth, one of them was not only fired but actually made impact and wipes out tens of thousands of human lives.

Why? It turns out a criminal, an IT person and two guys in Halloween costumes — those are the president’s words, not ours — just couldn’t get the victory this time, at least not entirely.

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As Darhk and HIVE took control of the world’s arsenal of nuclear warheads though, one question came to mind: Why is this being left up to Team Flash? Where’s the US military — the world’s entire military force?

If the fate of the world is legitimately in the hands of Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) and his band of misfits, we’re screwed. Their whole team hasn’t even made it out of this fight alive and Thea (Willa Holland) is in some underground “Pleasantville”-style bunker.

Granted this is “Arrow,” so the Green Arrow will always be the one to save the day. The lack of an Army, the Marines, the Navy or even the FBI seems a bit strange. In the real world, the US has a projected 1,301,300 active members in the service, with an additional 811,000 in reserves.

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What are the chances that over 2 million members of the U.S. armed forces couldn’t at least help Team Arrow topple Darhk and HIVE? They’re not very good.