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The Rock Monologue

The Rock by David Weisberg
Character: General Hummel
Gender: Male
Age (range): 18 - 55
Style: Drama
Length: 2 minutes

 

General Hummel: Stand easy men. Make no mistake about it gentlemen. We are now in harm's way. For Major Baxter and I, this is the last campaign in a career dating back to Tet '68. Likewise for Captain Hendrix and Gunnery Sergeant Crisp who cut their teeth under my command in Desert Storm. Captain Frye, Captain Darrow, this is my first operational situation with you and your men, and I have to say thus far your conduct reflects your reputations.
We have achieved our position through poise, precision, and audacity. To this we must now add resolve. We'll be branded as traitors, the gravest capital crime, punishable by death. A couple hundred years ago, a few guys named Washington, Jefferson, and Adams were branded as traitors by the British. And now they're called patriots. In time so shall we.
God willing, in less than 48 hours you will evacuate this island in gunships under cover of hostages and VX gas warheads. Your destination: a non-extradition-treaty country. You will each be paid a fee of $1 million for services rendered. But you can never again set foot on your native soil. Can you live with that?
The men of Marine Force Recon are selected to carry out illegal operations throughout the world. When they don't come home their families are told fairy tails about what happened to them and denied compensation. Well I have choked on these lies my entire career! Well, here and now the lies stop!
God be with all of you. Man your positions, men.