Unformatted text preview: For some time, General Peckem has been sending memoranda to his military superiors requesting that combat operations be placed under the control of Special Services, which Peckem commands. The head of Special Services traditionally sees to matters of recreation or entertainment, such as softball leagues or U.S.O. shows. Peckem wants that changed; his ambition is to direct the war effort. After all, what could be more of a "special service" than bombing people? Now, General Peckem seems to have gotten his wish, in part. He has replaced his rival, General Dreedle, as wing commander and would seem to be, at last, in charge of all combat missions. Two events disrupt his paradise and send Peckem into apoplexy. This short chapter serves as a light transition into the final, mostly serious section of the novel. It also allows Heller an opportunity for one more satiric tweak at military logic and the chain of command. allows Heller an opportunity for one more satiric tweak at military logic and the chain of command....
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- Fall '11
- special services, General Peckem