A Quick Summery By William T. Santiago Essay

792 Words Mar 25th, 2016 4 Pages
A quick summery, the setting of the movie is based around a murder that was done by two marines, Lance Cpl. Harold W. Dawson and Pfc. Louden Downey, which they are accused of killing Pfc. William T. Santiago. However, this incident was the result of a direct order by the platoon commander Lieutenant Kendrick who later was commanded by Colonel Nathan Jessep for “code red”. The reason Santiago’s murder was the breaking of chain of command and written a letter asking for a transfer, in exchange for offering information about an illegal fence-line shooting. The two marines are defend by Lt. Daniel Kaffee who first believes that both marines could not defended, but was convinced by Lt. Cdr. JoAnne Galloway and now thinks they could be defend in the courts because of a “code red”. Now, it is time to answers the question that will be asked about the whole ordeal of this case in the movie and the ethical dilemma that arises. Code red defines as the discipline of marines within the group, by the other group members, simply means a groupthink. The question that should be asked about the ethical dilemma of the movies is did both of the marines do the right thing following orders? The marines themselves believe in a chain of command, which is reinforced a lot throughout the movie. An example explained by Jessep, is that a marines is to follow orders without questions or people die. That was the marine’s duty, which brings another question, the means of a duty. Are the marines…

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