by Hydrargentium

“What the hell is he talking about?!”

Major Pain turned to face me, simultaneously pointing an accusing finger at me and jerking his thumb back at the speaker on the TV screen. It would be tempting to say he looked furious, but since that was the same as his usual expression, it was hard to tell.

“What Mr. Obama is saying,” I replied calmly, spreading my hands in front of me, “is that, in light of the recent problems with government- and terrorist-backed superhumans from places like Afghanistan and North Korea, he and his executive advisors have come to the conclusion that recovering former enrollees into the armed forces, specifically those known to have superpowers, will be an excellent starting point for providing the kind of proactive defense that a post-9-11 America needs.”

“What?! He can’t just-”

“And that he believes that every patriotic former soldier, sailor, airman and marine will recognize this as both their duty and their opportunity to do their absolute best for their country.”

“… Oh. Well, when you put it that way…”