In light of the arguments made above, and in view of the sentence laid out to the Marines, it is my belief that the movie resolves this issue with excessive lenience. A dishonorable discharge is considered to be a serious blemish. But it is my opinion that the sentence administered to the Marines should have carried the due punishment for a charge reduced from murder, such as Aggravated Assault or Battery. After all, it was their inconsiderate action, despite knowledge of Private Santiago’s condition that led to his death. Justice cannot be considered complete if it is not all-encompassing and fair. It is my opinion that by bringing a perspective of the Marines’ actual intentions and the plight of Santiago’s family members into consideration, a case for a slightly stronger punishment deserves to be made from an ethical standpoint.
A Few Good Men is an intense film showing the military system through an investigation into private first class Santiago’s death. Lt. Kaffee, a lawyer and son of an honored military lawyer, is requested to defend two Marines being accused of the murder of PFC Santiago even though they were simply following their orders to perform a “Code Red”. In the movie, Santiago was a misfit Marine that needed to learn a lesson according to Col. Jessep. Jessep, the Colonel in command at the Cuban base and was the one who ordered the Code Red, goes through great lengths to cover u...
Corporal Jones posted his description of the events on his blog which included that the operation took place on Pakistani territory, a detailed description of the entry route his unit used to travel into Pakistan, and he mentioned his commanding officer’s violation of military protocol, which may have led to the ambush and deaths of his fellow marines.
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Reports confirm seven Americans work on the rig, which borders the Chinese-Vietnamese maritime boundary. An American engineer has told the CO of the LCS that the resupply ship was attacked by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and has sunk. The engineer believes there are survivors in the water, the rig is also under PLA attack, and he is pleading for rescue. The PLA Navy ship has contacted the CO of the LCS and has made it clear that this is a police action dealing with illegal activities, and the American ship should stay outside a 10 mile radius from the oil rig. The moral dilemma for the CO is saving the seven Americans but risking the lives of his sailors and/or losing the ship, or sacrificing the seven Americans to comply with Chinese demands. Not only does the CO have a moral dilemma, but he also has maritime rules and regulations to follow and the foundations of Navy
...e reporters, like the protagonist tried to stay true and went against their commanding officers. This force of reporters made up of civilians and enlisted men saw frontline combat like the grunts in the war but were still looked down upon. These people were forced to shoot and kill men as depicted in the scene at the barracks. During the War correspondents were put on long patrols and were up “all night setting up ambushes”
Murder has always been a crime of the offender no matter the context surrounding it: however, current psychology and research experiments suggest that this might not be so. In Rob Reiner’s film, A Few Good Men, he examines the idea of why people of good character behave in an ill manner a in militaristic situation. Lt. Kaffee, a military lawyer, defends two marines (Lance Cpl. Harold W. Dawson and Pfc. Louden Downey) accused of murder after following an extrajudicial punishment known as a Code Red. In court, Kaffee proves their innocence by arguing that a crime committed due to obedience is a crime attributed to the commander, not the executioner. Why do Dawson and Downey follow the Code Red? Dawson fell victim, as many people do, to the militaristic
Tim O’ Brien’s narrative, How to Tell a War Story depicts the livelihood and experience of American soldiers during the Vietnam War. More so evaluating the life Tim O’ Brien and several other characters in his platoon. The sequences of stories reveals the thoughts and behavior of many post-Vietnam veterans and also can be related to the behavior of many veterans today. Throughout the segments of stories, “How to tell a War Story”, “Speaking of Courage and Notes”, and “The Things They Carried”, O’ Brien illustrates a common theme of guilt and sacrifice among the key characters Lieutenant Cross, Rat, and O’ Brien himself. Each character are presented with an unexpected responsibility and are forced to serve their state. A sense of discomfort
When Sgt. Lauritsen was manning a checkpoint on December 21, 1944, his CP was being shelled by a German tank. Just then two jeeploads of soldiers in American uniforms pulled up. There were nine of them. One a captain and the rest in enlisted uniforms. They pulled up, got out of the jeeps and began walking around a house near the checkpoint toward the German lines. Sgt. Lauritsen got suspicious, so he asked the captain what unit he was with. When the captain replied with slight difficulty pronouncing his unit, he was shot in the back. Unfortunately, the eight men with him grabbed him and dragged the shot captain back to German lines. Stories like this are found throughout the book. These stories show how evasive and seemingly overly ambitious there enemy was.