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[SCENE:  a dive bar outside a U.S. military base at a classified location.  General Hawk is slouched at a table in back, alone, a tall glass of Yo Joe Cola in front of him, which he occasionally spikes from a flask. He has a thousand-yard stare to nowhere. He’s seen things.]

[Destro walks in, looks around while his sight adjusts to the gloom. He sees Hawk, considers him, and seems almost sad. He goes to the table, sits across from him.]

Destro:  General, I —

General Hawk:  “I’d wake up and there’d be nothing.. .   When I was here, I wanted to be there; when I was there, all I could think of was getting back into the jungle. I’m here a week now… waiting for a mission… getting softer. Every minute I stay in this room, I get weaker, and every minute Charlie squats in the bush, he gets stronger. Each time I looked around the walls moved in a little tighter –”

Destro:  General Hawk!

Hawk  [starts awake and glares]:  What do you want?

Destro:  I came to see how you were getting along. You know, given the current state of things. Your life’s work made a mockery of by the man you’re ostensibly supposed to take orders from —

Hawk:  That’s right, laugh all you want. I’m sure this is hilarious to you.

Destro:  On the contrary, we’re at loose ends. We could sow chaos and destruction, but what’s the point? What’s there left to do?  And then I thought, you all have spent over thirty years battling Cobra, and now this.  One election, and you have fascists running the country and building camps —  [he leans in conspiratorially, whispers]  Tell me, have any of you considered something along the lines of, well, I’m sure the phrase “military coup” might be a bit strong —

[Hawk glares with a look somewhere between rage and despair. Destro has been at odds with this man a long time, and he’s never seen this expression on his face. No one has.]

Hawk:    44% of active-duty troops have a favorable view of. . . [visibly editing himself]  the current administration.  [citation below]

Destro:  I had no idea. That would mean roughly 44% of the G.I. Joe team —

Hawk: That’s right.

Destro: …

Destro:  Do you know who on the team —

Hawk [now seeming to be in physical pain]:  We have a don’t ask don’t tell policy.

Destro:  Oh. I see.

Hawk:  It’s fine. Really, it’s fine. It’s all going to be…just…fine.

[He breaks the glass with his bare hand, which is a neat trick because the glass is actually plastic. Jack-and-cola goes everywhere. Destro reaches for him, as if to comfort him.]

Destro:  General —

[“Take My Breath Away” starts playing on the jukebox. Time seems to slow. The two regard each other for a long moment.]

Destro:  May. . .may I buy you drink, Hawk?

Hawk:  No you may not.

Destro:  Right then, I’ll just be going now.

[record scratch]

 

Citation: https://www.militarytimes.com/news/pentagon-congress/2017/10/23/military-times-poll-what-you-really-think-about-trump/

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