I loved that John Wayne movie when I was a kid. I am afraid the political aspects completely passed me by, I just loved the action adventure, I guess I responded to it as if it were a Western. In my defence I was very young (about 12?) and it was a different world then. But I do remember the movie being controversial, and Wayne attracting much criticism for being in it and supporting the glamorisation of the situation.
Compared to something like Rambo, Maxine, it was harmless fantasy.