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  • Sir...

  • A moment ago, you said that you ordered Lieutenant Kendrick to tell his men...

  • ...that Santiago wasn't to be touched.

  • That's right.

  • And Lt. Kendrick was clear on what you wanted?

  • Crystal.

  • Any chance Lt. Kendrick ignored the order?

  • Ignored the order?

  • [Kaffee] Any chance he... forgot about it?

  • No.

  • Any chance Lt. Kendrick left your office and said, "The old man is wrong"?

  • No.

  • When Lt. Kendrick spoke to the platoon, and ordered *them* not to touch Santiago, any chance they ignored him?

  • You ever served in an infantry unit, son?

  • No sir.

  • [Jessup] Ever served in a forward area?

  • No sir.

  • Ever put your life in another man's hands? Asked him to put his life in yours?

  • No sir.

  • We follow orders, son.

  • We follow orders or people die. It's that simple.

  • Are we clear?

  • Yessir.

  • *Are we clear*?

  • Crystal.

  • Colonel, I have just one more question before I call Airman O'Malley and Airman Rodriguez:

  • If you gave an order, that Santiago wasn't to be touched...

  • and your orders are always followed...

  • ...then why would Santiago be in danger?

  • Why would it be necessary to transfer him off the base?

  • Santiago was a substandard Marine.

  • He was being transferred--

  • That's not what you said. You said he was being transferred because he was in grave danger.

  • [Jessup] That's correct.

  • You said he was in danger; I said, "Grave danger?"; you said "Is there any other kind?"

  • [Jessup] I recall what I said! You said he was in danger; I said, "Grave danger?"; you said "Is there any other kind?"

  • I can have the court reporter read back to you--

  • I know what I said! I don't have to have it read back to me like I'm--

  • Why the two orders?

  • Colonel?

  • Sometimes, men take matters into their own hands.

  • No sir; you made it clear just a moment ago that your men never take matters in their own hands.

  • Your men follow orders or people die.

  • So Santiago shouldn't have been in any danger at all...


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