July 6, 2017:

Good boys, that lot.

Eagle Scouts. Military academies. Wives, children. Rising through the ranks.

Good at doing what they're told. Good at not questioning.

That's "the right stuff"?

I suppose from a certain narrowly utilitarian point of view — the point of view of a state which needs people who're good at doing what they're told — that answer's yes.

And I respect them for their loyalty, their dedication, their courage and skill.

But I wonder if their stuff might have been even more right if they'd asked more questions.