A Departing Sting with the Venom Meant to Do Lasting Harm

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» I Would be Lyin' If

You know .. this thing here, where Jeff Sessions fires Andrew McCabe just a few days before his retirement date ..

AG Jeff Sessions fires Andrew McCabe

.. I would be lyin' if I said that this didnt make me think about the time when the captain kicked me off the boat ..

Nuclear-powered submarine underway surfaced

.. a few months before I was getting out of the Navy. [ Which is called EAOS. ] After a 6-year enlistment.

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Today, with the advantage of perspective that comes with the passing of the years .. I can now look back and see what a blessing-in-disguise this thing was.

[ Because this was the easiest job I ever had where I worked directly for the Squadron Masterchief.

Such slim hours I worked .. while the rest of the boat was taking it up the ass in a big way .. putting in such enormous hours.

They always seemed on edge whenever I saw them .. which wasnt very often. Weekends, mostly.

But something inside of me was already moving on to the next thing. I could feel it and it felt good. It felt real good. Tho there were certainly a number of challenges that I had to deal with.

I could feel myself planning and adapting and preparing for the next thing .. even though I didnt know what that would be. ]

But back then, I did not know this. I did not know how things were going to play out. It is much different before you know how things actually turn out.

I remember being back in the engine room, right outside manuvering, when they told me, "There is a meeting going on right now in the captain's stateroom .. to decide what to do with you. So just stand the fuck by."

If the Commodore didnt feel that my argument trumped the Captain's .. then my career would have been much different. Sometimes little things can make a big difference.

So I naturally feel this simpatico thing with Andrew McCabe .. someone about whom I know almost nothing. Doesnt that seem like such a ______ thing? (Uh, I'm not even sure what word to use there.)

For a number of reasons, I find it easy to imagine myself into his shoes. I wonder what he is feeling right now.

» Fired by a New Guy Who is Assuming an Authoritarian Position

I should probably mention here that the captain was new to the boat .. new to the position. He was the third captain that I have had on this nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine.

[ And if someone were to shoot me up with a dose of truth serum, and ask me to rate these three captains ..

.. based on the position that comes with plenty of firsthand experience .. that I had with each of them.

Then I would probably have to say that it went from » impressive to » disappointing to » "Oh, fuck me."

I am just saying that I am able to compare and contrast .. based on plenty of firsthand experience. ]

This is an admittedly big position. (I would not want that position, thank-you very much.)

» The Sense of Insecurity that Comes from Operating at the Ugly End of the Learning Curve

And as any professional knows .. anytime you are new to a position .. you start out on the ugly end of the learning curve.

This is where the most secure among us feel less secure .. because we are trying to figure out how to function effectively in this particular environment.

It is a humbling thing, sometimes, adapting to a new environment. It takes some practice. But after a few times, you start to learn some tricks.

Maureen knows exactly what I am talking about when she writes:

It's even more unsettling covering two Republican presidents who fit this description: George W. Bush and Donald Trump.

I watched in alarm as W., who had promised a "humble" foreign policy with no nation-building and who had been a bipartisan, genial Texas governor, shape-shifted into a hyperaggressive and belligerently unilateral president. His ego and inadequacies were expertly manipulated by his regents, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld, bureaucratic samurai with their own rapacious agendas.

So you naturally expect the people around you to help keep you out of trouble until you start to figure out how this particular organization works.

I feel here that I am merely stating the obvious .. that different organizations work differently. Professional strategy 101.

» Sometimes, When It Seemed Like Bad Shit was Happening...

I have noticed in my own life that there have been times when it seemed like bad shit was happening to me .. only to see later, with the passage of time, that this was actually a good thing.

» A Departing Sting with the Venom Intended to Do Lasting Harm

There is an element of nastiness associated with firing someone right before the end of a lengthy career, no?

You can almost feel the nastiness intended in such a thing. Can't you? It carries a personal attack. It is a personal thing.

A departing sting that contains the venom intended to do lasting harm.

The thing about such a sting is that » you dont forget them. And neither do your friends.

It must be true what they say about fools .. that they » rush in where angels fear to tread.

Fortunes change over time, as the wheels of justice click around into place for the righteous man.

You'll see what I mean. And Coffee Joe will be right there saying, "I tried to tell you fuckers .. but you refused to listen."

I can almost hear the weeping and gnashing of teeth now.

And if Coffee Joe is there, then you know that Mika can't be far.

» Historical Drama Playing Out Right Before Your Very Eyes

This thing here where Sessions fires McCabe .. this is juicy shit .. from a historical perspective. Can't you just see history playing out right before your very eyes?

These are the places where a nation learns a lot about itself. Jeff knows what I am talking about. I bet that Krugman knows exactly what I am talking about here. Mika, too.

» The Emperor has No Clothes

I wonder what general Barry McCaffrey thinks of this.

Fmr General Barry McCaffrey says that Trump is a threat to national security

And of course I can't help but wonder what Laurence Tribe thinks of all this.

Laurence Tribe making the case for obstruction

That's what I thought.

I wonder what James Stavridis thinks.

To be continued. ■

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