To my small coterie of readers I now offer my shortest and most painful post.
In relating the story at the core of my last post, Cookie Diplomacy, it was my intention to reflect on human nature and its role in the subtleties of how bureaucratic decisions are made. Anson Burlingame, Captain, USN (Ret.) took me to task for it, pointing out that by doing so I had given the non-Navy public the impression that I “. . . revealed corruption and politics in our professional assignments . . .” As I have said in replies to comments on that post, I never in my 22 year career had any evidence that the assignment system was other than merit-based.
Captain Burlingame is correct. I asked my wife to read my post and she agreed with him that it well might give the wrong impression to someone unfamiliar with the Navy. (She doesn’t read all my posts. I may enlist her as editor from now on.)
That “Ron” got his assignment because of the cookies was purely circumstantial and there is zero proof of any misconduct. In fact, I am certain that Ron himself has no evidence as to whether the cookies made any difference. I would also add for the civilians out there that
Navy duty assignment is serious business and well-supervised. While I intended no harm, it is harm I have done and I apologize for it.
My appetite for sugar cookies is sharply diminished. It is probably because I now detect in them the flavor of crow.