Lessons of a few good men

Ventura County Star has this posting.

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Lt. Cmdr. JoAnne Galloway (Rachael Pugh) fights to clear the names of two Marines in "A Few Good Men." Hunter Wells (left) and Rick Perry play the defendants.
Aaron Sorkin’s "A Few Good Men" makes a few good points about military honor and justice. Sorkin, who also was the chief writer for TV’s lively "West Wing," brought forth "Men" in 1989, when its issues were underscored by the possibility of global war. But the basic question of fidelity to military command resurfaces with unsettling regularity, from Nuremberg to Abu Ghraib. The problem often involves whether criminal deeds were done by soldiers freelancing, or rather as a response to suggestions or direct commands from higher authorities. Clearly it can be a complex puzzle separating the two and deciding where responsibility lies.

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