The Mimic Octopus
'"I was just following orders" is no longer supposed to be the ideal'.
It pretty much stopped being the ideal at a place called Nurenberg in 1945-1946.
Some people were on trial there for some pretty bad shit, and some of them tried to use "I was only following orders" as a defense. This didn't work out all that well, and it is today known as the "Nurenberg Defense" (i.e. the defendant was only following orders, and is therefore not responsible for his or her crimes).
And @ #1947512 Bob: What military do you base that derogatory statement on, exactly?
Regards & all,
Thomas L. Nielsen