Yes, I agree. I was just thinking about this recently. I think your last paragraph about public perception of OC is a bit of a side-note (as you also pointed out). The main point about preparedness is well taken. Think of Will Smith in Legend. Freaking ripped.
I think being able to run a few miles, 20 push-ups, maybe 50 sit-ups, and a pull-up or 5 is all that's needed. General conditioning.
I'm sure opinions will vary widely on this topic and it should be interesting. Nice thread.