Captain John Miller is leading Company C, or Charlie Company, of the 2nd Ranger Division onto Dog Green Sector of Omaha beach. Suffering heavy casualties, the Company eventually neutralizes the German defenses and sets up camp. Next, we see the United States Chief of Staff, General George Marshall, where he is informed of the Ryan brothers and how three have them already been lost in the past week. He then sends out orders to find Private James Ryan, which are passed to Capt. Miller who assembles a squad to find him.
The Killing Zone was written by Frederick Downs. Downs served as a Second Lieutenant and the commander of the 1st Platoon of Delta Company in the Vietnam War. Unfortunately Downs’ service as an infantry officer was cut short when Downs stepped on a mine and was severely wounded. Fortunately, however, Downs lived and still offered his services working for the Veterans Administration in the Prosthetic and Sensory Aids Service. I liked how the book was written in the diary format.
When tragedy strikes Sergeant X just six weeks later it is that same courage Esmé showed that helps X to recover from his depression. The two different sides of X, his unburdened side and his depressed side, two outright opposites, are told by Salinger using two different methods. His unburdened side is told in first person, thus making him seem more personal and generally caring. While his depressed side is told in third person and uses a lot of morose adjectives, thus making X seem mysterious and secluded. When we are first introduced to Sergeant X, he is an average soldier occupying a tearoom.
Markinson states that Santiago should be transferred for safety reasons, but Jessup says that this could cost lives. Jessup also states that the officers have a duty to ensure that all personnel are well-trained, so he orders Kendrick to see that Santiago shows improvement on the next evaluation, or he would be held responsible. Kaffee initially tries to step down as lead counsel for the defense. His argument being that since he cannot prove that any order was given for the assault, making a legal stand simply because he believes the Marines did as they were told was a foolish act. He soon changes his mind though after Dawson and Downey say they were ordered by Lieutenant Kendrick, under the orders of Jessup, to shave Santiago's head just minutes after Kendrick ordered the platoon not to touch Santiago.
Tyler Long M4 12\16\13 Saving Private Ryan Saving Private Ryan is a film about a squad of men in the marines going and rescuing a fellow soldier who is supposed to come home but he is behind enemy lines. They arrive on D-day the Normandy beach landing. The film is only loosely based on the real event with the real people. Private James Ryan, the character in the movie is supposed to be portraying Sergeant Frederick (Fritz) Niland. The movie should actually be called “Saving Private Niland” because that is who and what it is based off of.
“You never know who your enemy is.” I found this statement to be a reoccurring theme in “The Sniper” while reading. I believe this is a perfect theme because the sniper had no idea who was on the other side and would not have known if he didn’t look at the dead body. The main character in this selection was not officially named but was referred to as the sniper. In the selection the sniper had both an internal and external conflict. The external conflict was that he was fighting in the middle of the war and the only way to survive was to kill all the opponents.
According to Peter Beinart, for a year and a half Tenet and the CIA repeatedly tried to temper the Pentagon and the White House hyping of the Iraq threat (2003). Perhaps if Tenet hadn’t been so patient or friendly with the White House, his voice would have been heard and respected. Additionally, Tenet loyalty to the president and his administration caused him to lose the truth and his responsibility to have the truth heard. He became too involved in the politics of the day and helping the administration use intelligence to justify a decision already made rather than informing them with data to make an informed decision. Instead of having the courage to tell what should be told, he opted to tell the parties what they wanted to hear.
He tends to follow masters who are not noble men in hope to becoming respected and getting a job. However, soon enough he learns not to trust anyone, especially not his masters. His first master and guide was a blind man which seems to be a foreshadow of the way Lazarillo made decisions and chose masters later throughout his life. His masters often did not share his beliefs and values; for example, as much as Lazarillo criticized the church and believed that people bought themselves out of hell, four out of his seven masters served the church. Lazarillo soon learns to be tricky and sneaky in order to survive and get food since his masters would not feed him well.
Why does Michael Moore want to tell us that the USA/Bill Clinton bombed Serbia only one hour before the school killings at Columbine High School? He wants to tell us that what the USA does, affect what the people in the USA may do. Michael Moore interviews a young man who says: If you are a loser now, you are a loser forever. Our opinion: We think that if someone tells you, that you are a loser, you just get into ‘a deep hole’. But if someone tells you that you have to move on and try, it’s easier to learn and get a good life.
Colby's friends had been warning him for some time that they did not like the way Colby had been behaving. But after Colby did something, his friends decided that he should be hanged. They tried to rationalize their decision by saying that they, ".... had a perfect moral right to do so because he was our friend, belonged to us in various important senses, and he had after all gone too far." (Barthelme, 1973, pg. 194) His friends would not listen to Colby's argument that, "Going too far was something everybody did sometimes."