"I was Squad Leader. The last mission was therefore my responsibility… and members of my squad died. What did I do wrong?”
"It is acceptable," Mendez said, "to spend lives if necessary." He finally turned and met John’s gaze. "It is not acceptable, however, to waste those lives. Do you understand the difference?"
"I… believe I understand, sir," John said. "But which was it on this last mission? Lives spent? Or lives wasted?"
Mendez turned towards the blackness of space and didn’t answer.