‘Open your eyes, Clevinger, it doesn’t make a damn bit of difference who wins the war to someone who’s dead.’
Clevinger sat for a moment as though he’d been slapped. ‘Congratulations!’ he exclaimed, the thinnest milk-white line enclosing his lips tightly in a bloodless, squeezing ring. ‘I can’t think of another attitude that could be depended upon to give greater comfort to the enemy.’
‘The enemy,’ retorted Yossarian with weighted precision, ‘is anybody who’s going to get you killed, no matter which side he’s on.’
From Catch-22, by Joseph Heller
By the second decade after World War II, the dominant characteristics of the senior leadership of the American army had become professional arrogance, lack of imagination, and moral and intellectual insensitivity… The attributes were the symptoms of an institutional illness that might most appropriately be called the disease of victory, for it arose out of the victorious response to the challenge of Nazi Germany and imperial Japan.
From A Bright Shining Lie, by Neil Sheehan