The rhetoric of bravery

Captain Spodelhawk Fomgalation saluted his crew:

‘I have full confidence that if all do their duty, and if nothing is neglected, that we, the Galactic Rangers, shall prove ourselves able to bring humanity the antidote it so desperately needs. This is going to be a very dangerous mission. 

Our spacerocket is damaged and leaking fuel. 

The Martians will be waiting in Saturn’s rings.

But, know this -no Ranger has ever been lost or injured during my time as captain. 

Which is why I’m going to step down and wait here on Pluto for ye to return. If ye do. Godspeed.’