The West Wing S01E07: The State Dinner

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Storms and ships …

The storm drama, with a hurricane catching an entire battle group at sea was genuinely poignant. I wonder though whether the senior admiral wouldn’t have known that sailing away from a storm trajectory involves the risk of a change in the path of the storm. That’s pretty elementary meteorology. And even more basic risk management.

As a dramatic device I guess it worked. It was not a presidential mistake, but his responsibility all the same, and the ending, during which he stays on the radio with a dying sailor, is perfect. It is indeed the most unpleasant responsibility of high office to accept responsibility for deaths that occur ‘on my watch’.
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