Card: It's a big, bad world out there, Michael.
Guys like you and me-- we make calls. Why do you think
Anson had to go? Because he knew what I had going on in Yemen,
China and Pakistan. Someone has to carry the
bag on the front line. (Someone has to risk everything?) So I pull the trigger on a
couple of really bad guys... or we roll the dice on a
couple of really bad conflicts.

I don't know what that means. Maybe I would, with more context.

With the context as given, I'd guess eg be a soldier eg take military responsibility.
Or am I wrong in guessing they are soldiers?

Guess you didn't need more context after all.
Thanks, Clive!