The way the doctors dealt with the stress and horrors of war was to mock the war machine.
But when push came to shove, when there were wounded on the operating table, the doctors did what they do best, under the worst of circumstances, using all their gifts, talents, and ingenuity.
Good life lesson there. Mocking the war machine (or your boss, or corporate overlords...) can be a good release valve on the pressure cooker, which enables you to survive the awfulness one more day.
Not to their face, though.
Yes, it's awful. Admit it. laugh about it. Then keep on doing your best, giving 100% every day.
To what awful machine will you give 100% today?