So I’m watching the tube, Rachel Maddow to be exact, and she is talking about the raid in Yemen, the first to be ordered by Trump, designed to collect intel. You know, computers and cell phones and such. And she’s talking about what she has heard regarding the making of the decision to conduct such a raid.
I don’t know if I got this right, but as I understand it, the decision to go in and get this stuff was made at dinner. And the people at the table included Mattis and Flynn who I would have expected; ard Cushner, the son in law, the BriteBart guy… oh you know of whom I speak, and one other that seemed like an odd choice to be there. And of course Trump.
Anyways, the way it was described reminded me of a bunch of people, really, who are playing a war like video game. It reminded me of watching my husband standing at the bar with a bunch of his friends discussing a particularly invigorating round of golf, or an outstandng game of pinochle they shared.
Then I saw the president come right back from Dover where he had met and joined the real life family of the Seal who died as a result of that ‘over dinner’ decision to conduct that Yemen raid. His body was was being returned. The president had to speak on an entirely different subject. I could be wrong, but he who generally seems so blustery and cold hearted, seemed a little choked up. I found that interesting too. Could it be that when he climbs down from his castle to join in with those playing at ‘real life’, (his playing pieces) he finds out what ‘real life’ truly is? Interesting for me to watch that. I dare to hope the experience stays with him when he has to make future decisions that affect the everyday person.
Life IS a game. No doubt in my mind about that. And it is good to experience that game from all perspectives. And the whole thing gives me a sort of understanding about that old saying, It’s not about winning or losing, its about HOW you play it. (Grantland Rice) I’m fascinated. And I’m happy to just watch at this point.