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February 04, 2005

Apocalypse Now

Billmon notes a certain convergence between U.S. military doctrine and Apocalypse Now:

From Apocalypse Now:

Col. Walter E. Kurtz: "What did they tell you?"

Capt. Willard: "They told me that you had gone totally insane, and, uh, that your methods were... unsound."

Col. Walter E. Kurtz: "And are my methods unsound?"

Capt. Willard: "Uh, I don't see any method at all, Sir."

Whiskey Bar: Unsound Methods:

"Actually, it's a lot of fun to fight. You know, it's a hell of a hoot. It's fun to shoot some people. I'll be right upfront with you, I like brawling . . . You go into Afghanistan, you got guys who slap women around for five years because they didn't wear a veil. You know, guys like that ain't got no manhood left anyway. So it's a hell of a lot of fun to shoot them."

Lt. Gen. James N. Mattis, USMC
Speech on Strategies for the War on Terrorism
February 1, 2005

"While I understand that some people may take issue with the comments made by him, I also know he intended to reflect the unfortunate and harsh realities of war," [Marine Corp Commandant Mike] Hagee said. "Lt. Gen. Mattis often speaks with a great deal of candor." Hagee also praised Mattis, calling him "one of this country's bravest and most experienced military leaders."

Associated Press
Marine General Counseled for Comments
February 3, 2005

Posted by DeLong at February 4, 2005 01:36 PM