Just some thoughts:
KNOW YOUR SOURCES
Just very shortly before the D-Day invasion (June 1944) Prime Minister Winston Churchill goes to Allied Supreme Commander Dwight Eisenhower and tells Ike, “I’m going in with the troops on D-Day. I will be with them at the landing on the beaches.” Ike told him no go, he could not do that.
Churchill then says to Ike, “You have operational command of all forces, but you are not responsible administratively for the makeup of the crews.” To which Ike had to agree. Eisenhower had no authority who was selected to be a part of the British troops, and Churchill was going to appoint himself a member of the troops. “I can sign on as a member of the crew of one of His Majesty’s ship.” Churchill one up and nothing Ike can do about it. Ike did tell Churchill, “you will only make my burden a lot heavier.” Churchill, “I’m goin’ anyway.”
Eisenhower round two. Ike then has his chief of staff (Gerald Smith) make a personal call to the King of England, King George VI. Smith explains the issue at hand.
“You boys leave Winston to me,” was King George’s reply. King George then called Winston to meet with him. The conversation was short and to the point. “Winston as long as you feel that it is desirable to go along, I think it is my duty to go along with you.” No Prime Minister was ever going to see that a King was placed in such harm. Churchill withdrew his request. Some might say that the King had the last word.
Sometimes to get the desired outcome one wants, they have to go to a higher source. There is wisdom in knowing who that source might be.
You might think a bit longer on that last line.
March 25, 2020