Cage is trying to get more of the chips out of the missiles, but two guys Spider-Man down and beat him up and throw him in a cell. Meanwhile, General Frank and Connery have a debate about what is happening, during which Connery makes the very logical point, "I don’t quite see how to cherish the memory of the dead by killing another million. And this is not combat, it’s an act of lunacy, General, sir. Personally, I think you’re a fucking idiot."
General Frank drops a Jefferson quote about the tree of liberty and blood, but Mason has already won the day, and so they put him in a jail cell and don’t guard him. Cage then goes on my favorite rant of the movie, one of those only-by-Cage diatribes in which he sort of meta-calls out the stupid, over-the-top testosterone of the film:
"'I'd take pleasure in guttin' you, boy. I'd take pleasure in guttin' you... boy.' What is wrong with these people, huh? Mason? Don't you think there's a lot of, uh, anger flowing around this island? Kind of a pubescent volatility? Don't you think? A lotta angst, a lotta 'I'm 16, I'm angry at my father' syndrome? Grow up! We're stuck on an island with a bunch of violence-for-pleasure-seeking, psychopathic Marines, SHAME ON THEM!"