NOTES: Oh man! I am loving the back and forth in the Comments section. Here's my take on yesterday's conversation: I agree with both sides (if you can even call them sides). Here's why: if you'll remember, when we first started this story I was grappling with the "How could they take down the Marine Corps?" question. I totally agree that this isn't just about money, but that's where the thread started, and for some reason it's the argument that surfaces most often in the real world even though, like Vin said, it's just shifting dollars from one place to another. But in this story, once we started pulling we found a rat's nest of turds trying to insert their egos and ambitions. Money, ego, incompetence, greed, vengeance...
That's what this attack on the Marine Corps is all about. Could it happen in real life? Maybe. The point of this whole thing is that when people have self-centered motives, and have the ability to see their vision implemented, no one is safe, not even the Marine Corps.
Take a look at mighty empires (Roman?) that have crumbled even though they were at one point seemingly invincible. I think that's the point I want to make with the story. We should all, no matter what branch of service, no matter how secure our future seems, take a greater vision into account. We are paint strokes on an larger canvas. Through our actions, will we choose to make the final masterpiece a cohesive piece or will we selfishly sabotage the whole thing for our own needs?
I've always believed that being a good citizen starts with how we treat our neighbors. Take care of one another. Be nice. It's okay to be proud and loyal, but not to the point where it crushes the innocent. Crush the wicked all you want, but let's always question our own motives.
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Anyway, the short version is this: Chain of Command is a story about selfish men with selfish ambitions. It just so happens that the tool/skapegoat they use to get to their goal is the United States Marine Corps. I hope that makes sense. If not...oh crap...
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