Watching Patton

front-paged at Booman Tribune]

Last night I watched Patton (1970) for, I don't know, the sixth time?  In any case, it was the first time I'd watched the movie since George W. Bush became President.  For those of you that don't know, the movie chronicles the exploits of General George Patton during World War Two.  The story is told largely through the eyes of the G.I.s general, Omar Bradley.  Bradley is alternately admiring of Patton's virtuosity and disgusted by his willingness to sacrifice men to his quest for glory.  I've known men that served under Patton, and they were equally ambivalent.  They hated the man, but serving under him was their proudest achievement.  Even in a war where the cause is indisputably just, war is a moral quagmire.

Patton spoke as a man that knew our cause was just.

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