Long before we had “the first two rules of Fight Club” (of which there are eight, but who remembers the other six???), Col. Blake told Hawkeye about the “rules [of] war.”
“All I know is what they taught me in command school. There’s certain rules about a war, and rule number one is: Young men die. And rule number two is: Doctors can’t change rule number one.”
Hard rules to live by.
The first casualty of war is the truth.
We are at war.
Now… The first rule of Fight Club is: We do NOT talk about Fight Club!
The second rule of Fight Club is we do NOT talk about Fight Club!!!