So various leakers in the military are trying to blame Donald Trump for the fucked-up raid in Yemen that killed a kid (an American citizen kid no less) as well as getting one of Seal Team 6 killed.
People: That’s not how it works. It’s not. You bring a plan to your boss, you say you believe the plan will work, your boss maybe asks someone else if it works and approves it when he gets the okay from that other person that it’ll work, then once your boss approves it that’s it. You own it. It’s your job to execute what you promised you could execute.
Basically, what people demanding of Trump when they whine that he went to bed that night after approving the raid is that he be that boss from hell that everybody hates, always micromanaging everybody. Look. I’m a professional. I’m paid damn well to do what I do for a living. I don’t need someone who isn’t even a talented *amateur* in what I do telling me how to configure a router, or second-guessing me about how many VLAN’s to segment our network into. If my boss doesn’t trust me, he needs to fire me and hire someone he can trust. If he does trust me, then once I get his OK to go ahead with the deployment plan, he needs to step back and just damn well let me do my job, because distracting me in any way is going to make things go slower and might distract me enough to make a bad mistake.
I neither need, nor want, my boss second-guessing me or micromanaging me, and would get mightily pissed if he did. I want my boss sleeping at night because he knows I got this. His job is to get me the shit I need to get my job done, then get out of the way and let me do it. And if I fuck up, well, then, and only then, do I get on the horn with my boss and we figure out how to handle the aftermath. Until then, I prefer he be getting a good night’s sleep. Because I’m a professional, and I don’t need hand-holding.
And Seal Team 6 is certainly professionals too. They made a plan. They got it approved. The plan went sideways. It happens. They were the ones on the ground. They were the ones who had all the information to make decisions. There was no military decision that Donald Trump could have made after things started going sideways that would have been better than what the people actually on the ground made, because those were some of the best people we have, certainly far better at doing their job than Donald Trump would be. Once the raid was launched there’s no amount of micromanagement from the top that could have improved the situation, all it could have done was make it worse. Period.
– Badtux the Professional Penguin