Hell, if nothing else they could have shot a few regular missiles at it to see what would happen. Or sent a number of pilots fewer than "all" just in case the aliens had foreseen the strategy, "SHOOT MISSILES."
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Or, and we can't stress this enough, not send the leader of the free world as one of them.
Instead, the Air Force invests all their resources into seeing if the most obvious, simple thing can kill the ship. It'd be like Franklin D. Roosevelt putting all the allied troops in one big blimp and flying it straight towards Berlin, then mounting a chainsaw on his wheelchair, whistling for his cat, and riding off to avenge them himself.
The Secret Service Agents In Olympus Has Fallen Seem Very Eager To Die
Secret Service agents are some of the most highly trained and dedicated law enforcement officers in the world. They work to protect a man who is, at all times, hated by half the country, and are willing to take a bullet for that man if necessary. Unfortunately, only that last part of their training is demonstrated in the movie Olympus Has Fallen, featuring Gerard Butler as the only Secret Service agent who knows you shouldn't headbutt bullets.
If you've confused it with several other similar movies that came out recently, Olympus Has Fallen is a movie about the White House getting taken over by North Korea, which seems far-fetched until you see how every Secret Service agent in the movie acts. They fight as if there was an office pool on who could get shot the most times and in the stupidest ways possible.
The White House has columns, you know.
Look at that! It's like they're trying to defeat the terrorists by stealing all their ammunition with their chests and faces. When a machine gun starts firing into the White House, a fortress prepared for exactly this type of thing, they all stand in the bullets while Gerard Butler insists they shouldn't. Maybe they were trained in some antiquated gunfighting tradition left over from the Adams administration?
That clip up there isn't taken out of context. Or rather, the context actually makes it stupider. Prior to this, the local police and the Secret Service have been getting torn apart by planes, snipers, and grenades for almost four minutes. So they are, at the very least, alert and keeping their eyes out for things out of the ordinary. In the middle of the chaos, a garbage truck pulls up to the White House. Weird!
This is in the ordinary for downtown Washington D.C.