I Always Wanted To Say This...

Will over at Fedup Citizen has posted on a military issue that is close to me...I LOVE Nicholson's rant at the end of A Few Good Men....like Will says, I know of no one who would condone what happened in the movie, discipline is maintained without beating or abusing troops...but, it IS discipline.....but the spirit in which Jack spouts those words "You can't handle the truth!"....damn....I liked the Nicholson character a LOT better than Cruise's lawyer...

"You don't want the truth. Because deep down, in places you don't talk about at parties, you want me on that wall. You need me on that wall.
"We use words like honor, code, loyalty...we use these words as the backbone to a life spent defending something. You use 'em as a punchline.
I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom I provide, then questions the manner in which I provide it. I'd prefer you just said thank you and went on your way. Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a weapon and stand a post. Either way, I don't give a damn what you think you're entitled to."

go read his site, and then talk amongst yourselves...anyway, it is on blogspot, so you'll have to scroll down to the entry called "I relate to the warrior mentality"

by Eric on November 18, 2003 | Comments(2) | Military Stuff

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I have to respectfully disagree. Nicholson's character was saying that any means he employed justified his very noble ends. That's not right. If you want to defend a noble institution, you have to do so nobly. Otherwise, you are saying that nobility is just a convenience.

posted by: David on November 18, 2003 11:30 PM

I agree with you, as I said, I know of no one who has been in the military who would agree with the "Code Red", or any other form of hazing. However, there is a certain aspect of truth in the rant by Nicholson, for instance..

"You don't want the truth. Because deep down, in places you don't talk about at parties, you want me on that wall. You need me on that wall.

This quote came to mind for me, specifically, after reading some other posts on the net. I had seen a few different sites that mentioned either a gap of understanding between the military and civilians, or even just a simple ignorance of what the military servcie provides us all..

This was NOT meant as a cudos for the out-of-line Col played by Nicholson. Thanks for the comment, David.

posted by: Eric on November 19, 2003 06:43 AM