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Time:01:05 am
“What you need to remember, with these guys, is that they don’t know they’re con men. They’re wildly overconfident. Omnipotence, omniscience-that’s part of the mythology that surrounds the Special Forces. I had those guys hitting on me every last day in Baghdad.” She held up her fist, showing Milgrim her plain gold wedding band. “Your guy can walk in the door and promise training in something he personally doesn’t know how to do, and not even realize he’s bullshitting about his own capabilities. It’s a special kind of gullibility, a kind of psychic tactical equipment, that he had installed during training. The Army put him through schools that promised to teach him how to do everything, everything that matters. And he believed them. - Zero History by William Gibson


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"Quite frankly, I didn’t even want to use you guys, with your dip and velcro and all your gear bullshit. I wanted to drop a bomb." - Zero Dark Thirty


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rezendi
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Time:2013-11-26 04:21 am (UTC)
Ha, I just read ZERO HISTORY. That passage put me in mind of the time I overheard an asshole Blackwater dude on the phone trying to requisition a private helicopter, during my weird brief stint in Iraq.
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razorsmile
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Time:2013-11-27 12:22 am (UTC)
Yeah, when a certain species of dumbass succeeds in the military, it does tend to breed a certain mindset, doesn't it.

That said, for the record, I think the protagonist of Zero Dark Thirty was being a bit of an asshole when she said that. Perhaps it was calculated as a preemptive response to alpha male bullshit, perhaps it was a spook's scorn for grunts. WE MAY NEVER KNOW.
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oflittlefaith
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Time:2013-11-27 01:40 am (UTC)
I think that category of person probably exists in many settings, even if the military draws them in and empowers them. I've met a few people at my current place of employment who were absolutely convinced that they could do every job in the place. And unlike most of us clock-punchers, their place in the org chart enabled them to (attempt to) do so.

We also had one guy who, up until he retired a few years ago, actually -could-. Funnily enough, he was a lot quieter about his own magnificence.
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razorsmile
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Time:2013-11-27 03:58 am (UTC)
Exactly. The truly competent let their work speak for itself and, in so doing, fuel the engines of the world. The braggarts, on the other hand, are almost invariably the ones in the driver's seat, their noise sequentially drawing and then arrogating attention until they are all anyone can hear.
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