There's also the possibility that the cloning machine is the most brilliant magic trick of all time, but even then, dude, get a job.
The Bad Guy In X2 Involves The President In His Scheme For No Reason
In X2: X-Men United, William Stryker attempts to use a brainwashed Professor X and a duplicate of the mega mutant Tinder, Cerebro, to psychically blow up the brains of every mutant on the planet. The plan is to infiltrate Xavier's school, gut the existing machine, and restore it at their elaborate underground dam base. But before they can start creeping around a school, Stryker first needs the president's permission. To endear the president to his desires, Stryker brainwashes Nightcrawler into an attempted assassination. Then, because he's still miffed about the whole attempt-on-his-life-by-a-mutant thing, the president readily gives Stryker his approval to do whatever he wants with that school.
Hold It ...
Why does Stryker need POTUS' permission for this, exactly?
Stryker seemingly doesn't need anybody to sign off on all the other bad shit he's been doing. A few things that the president didn't need to OK: performing experiments on mutants, kidnapping Xavier, building a sprawling secret base filled with soldiers, starting the plotline that would lead to X-Men Origins: Wolverine. When the president is shown all the things Stryker's been up to at the end of the film, he has no idea what anybody's talking about.
At this point, nobody knows about Xavier's school. Why is Stryker so confident that he could build a big dam base without the president knowing, but he isn't sure how to cover up that he's going to attack a random school that essentially doesn't exist? That's like successfully turning your bedroom into a brothel without anybody finding out, and then asking your parents if it's cool to go bang a prostitute at Jeff's house. They didn't know Jeff had a prostitute until you told them, moron. Except if this was Stryker, he'd also hire some hooker to attack your parents so they'll be okay with you revenge-fucking a prostitute. To put it bluntly, William Stryker probably would've gotten away with it, if he hadn't gotten mixed up with one too many hookers.
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