Launching a military operation is weighty decision. Commanders must consider all available intelligence and rely on trusted advisors to make an informed decision. Tension in the operation center is high with real time status updates reported through state-of-the-art communications systems. Everyone involved is focused. Head in the game. Eye on the ball.
Donald Trump made his decision over dinner.
The decision to launch the raid in Yemen, an intelligence gathering mission that killed a Navy SEAL and 23 civilians, was made by Trump as he stuffed his face at the White House. As well as the requisite SecDef Mattis and CJCS Gen Dunford, White House shadow cabinet members Michael Flynn, Jared Kushner and Steve Bannon were present.
According to NPR:
…a U.S. official expressed concern that Trump made the decision over dinner. This should have been decided with rigorous debate in the Situation Room, the official said.
Many remember the iconic photo released by the White House of former President Obama surrounded by advisers during the raid in Pakistan that killed Osama bin Laden. The concern with the Yemen raid is the impression that this decision was made too cavalierly.
Military decisions made over dinner… I wonder what was on the menu.