Milo Minderbinder: A fantastically powerful mess officer, Milo controls an international black-market syndicate and is revered in obscure corners all over the world. He ruthlessly chases after profit and bombs his own men as part of a contract with Germany. Milo insists that everyone in the squadron will benefit from being part of the syndicate and that “everyone has a share” even though his selfishness cost lives. He also takes his job as mess officer very, very seriously; as a result, the troops in Yossarian’s division eat better than any others. He also turns out to be mayor, marquis, etc. of several major cities around the world, especially in Italy. In the end of the book, he manipulates it so that Cathcart and all the others in control of the troops are controlled by capitalist selfishness, and causes him to raise the missions for the soldiers so that he can appear to have earned medals and missions even though he actually did more harm than good by killing and destroying Americans and American bases, and should actually be a criminal, not a celebrated international hero like he is. His name is Miderbinder because he uses extremely confusing logic to manage international trade (even with the enemy nations like Nazi Germany) with essentially any country but the Soviet Union. Ironically, he feels bad when Snowden dies, which was his fault, but does not feel bad about Snowden. He feels bad because he wants to sell his cotton and make profit.
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