Sarah, at Trying to Grok, has a cute lil' post that I hope she won't mind my snatching in full.
PERHAPS ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE US ARMY
"Why didn't you fight?" one Governing Council member asked Hussein as their meeting ended.
Hussein gestured toward the U.S. soldiers guarding him and asked his own question: "Would you fight them?"
This cracked me up and reminded me of a personal story that occured many years ago to me.
I used to participate in one of those re-enactment groups, the Society for Creative Anachronism, and was in a fighting unit called The Fray. We were a heavy shieldwall unit and early on we managed to earn a fair reputation for our ability to withstand and repulse attacks despite the opposition (unless they were so large they could wrap our lines).
We were at a Potrero War (Kingdom of Caid), many many years ago, and the fighting that day had been a blast. Late afternoon several of us were standing in line for the showers when we heard some folks from another fighting unit talking around the corner. They were discussing one of the bridge battles that happened that day. It was a two bridge battle in which the majority of our sides forces were massed at one bridge and a holding unit, The Fray, and part of the reserves were stationed at the other bridge with the remaining reserves halfway between both bridges so they could reinforce or exploit the situation as needed.
From around the corner we heard, "So they had all these guys on the one bridge and I said, well go around, and he said, we can't, The Fray is there. Talk about a good ego and confidence boost, not to mention a good belly laugh.