Friday, June 03, 2005
I ordered 5,000 men to their deaths. We used 15,000 bombs and still we only gained 7 miles of land. 7 miles. That is 715 men and 2,143 bombs per mile. How can I say this is a success? How can I encourage my men to commit to another action when they are likely to see their closest friends, their brothers in arms, slaughtered and maimed or worse lose their own lives? How can I look them in the eye and order them, not ask them, to charge back into combat and kill other human beings. This is ridiculous but it is what I have been tasked to do. It is for the greater good. The greater good? An interesting notion when you see young man after young mown down and know it is because of your orders. War – it must be done.