[to Kaffee]You want answers?
[pauses]Son, we live in a world that has walls, and those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. Who's gonna do it? You? You, Lt. Weinburg? I have a greater responsibility than you could possibly fathom. You weep for Santiago, and you curse the Marines. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know. That Santiago's death, while tragic, probably saved lives. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives. You don't want the truth because deep down in places you don't talk about at parties, you want me on that wall, you need me on that wall. We use words like honor, code, loyalty. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something. You use them as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it. I would rather you just said thank you, and went on your way, Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a weapon, and stand a post. Either way, I don't give a damn what you think you are entitled to.
[Kaffee has just asked why Santiago hadn't packed despite being due to be transferred in a few hours after the time of his death. Jessop smirks]Is this funny, sir?
[Kaffee hesitates, dumbfounded]Do you have any more questions for me, Counselor?
[pause]Lieutenant, do you have anything further for this witness?
[Jessep defiantly gets up to leave the courtroom]
[stands up defiantly]I'm gonna get on a plane and go on back to my base.:You're not going anywhere, Colonel. MP's... guard the Colonel!
[MPs take post]Captain Ross?
[turning to Kaffee and lunging at him]... I'm gonna rip the eyes out of your head and piss into your dead skull! You fucked with the wrong Marine![contemptuously] You fuckin' people... you have no idea how to defend a nation. All you did was weaken a country today, Kaffee. That's all you did. You put people's lives in danger. Sweet dreams, son.
[glares at Jessep]The witness is excused.
[reading Pfc. Santiago's letter to the NIS]information about an illegal fence-line shooting that took place the night of August 2nd...
[shouts]Who the fuck is Pfc. William T. Santiago?
[Lt. Markinson sits]What do you think of Kendrick?
[Lt. Markinson begins to stand]Matthew, siddown.
[he sits]We go back a while. We went to the Academy together, we were commissioned together, we did our tours in Vietnam together. But I've been promoted up through the chain of command with greater speed and success than you have. Now if that's a source of tension or embarrassment for you, well, I don't give a shit. We're in the business of saving lives, Lieutenant Colonel Markinson. Don't ever question my orders in front of another officer.