Fick walks a delicate line with his men. A good officer should be eager to take calculated risks. Fick privately admits that there have been times when he’s actually resisted sending his troops on missions because, as he says, “I care a lot about these guys, and I don’t like the idea of sending them into something where somebody isn’t going to come back.” While acting on these sentiments might make him a good person, they perhaps make him a less good officer.
Tonight he seems uncharacteristically on edge, as if he’s fighting his tendencies to be overprotective. He admonishes his team leaders, saying, “I’m not hearing the aggressiveness I’d like to.” His voice sounds hollow, like he’s not convinced himself.
→ Evan Wright; Generation Kill