A Few Good Men
from the original play by Aaron Sorkin

Kaffe: Submit for Defense Exhibit "B". It's the tower cheif's Log book for Andrews Air Force Base for the Evening of July seventh. It seems that at 9:26 p.m., 21:26, an AF-40 transport landed at Andrews with ninety-four empty seats having taken off at two minutes past 6:00 p.m. It's departure point? ... Colonel? ... Naval Air Station, NAVBASE, Guatanamo Bay, Cuba. (Pause. Crosses to Jesep) You that Kendrick ordered the Code Red on Santiago. Because that's what you told Kendrick yo do. And Kendrick follows orders. Or people die, isn't that right, Colonel? You ordered the Code Red and, when it went bad, you cut these guys loose. You had Markinson sign a Phony Transfer order so it'd look like you tried to move Santiago, you forged the log book so it'd look like the oh-two-hundred was the first flight out and you told the doctor to say it was posion so it wouldn't look like a Code Red. You trashed the law. But we understand. You're permitted. You have a greater responsibility than we can possibly fathom. You provide us with a blanket of Freedom. We live in a world with walls and those walls have to be gaurded by men with guns and nothing's gonna stand in your way of doing it. Not Willy Santiago, not Dawson and Downey, not a thousand armies, not the Uniform Code Of Military Justice and not the Constitution of the United States. That's the truth, isn't it Colonel? I can handle it.

Kudos and much thanks go to Chance for this monologue, it is very much appreciated.

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