Recently, I have been watching Scandal, the television series about scandalous behavior in and around the United States government. Although fiction, I believe such things transpire amongst power-hungry and greedy people. I could have become involved in government intrigue...if I had been married.
As a junior officer in the Army, I was commanded to interview for the position as a general’s aide d’ camp. I had little inkling what the job entailed, but showed up for the interview. One tends to follow orders, especially if they come from a general’s office. This general was not in the normal chain of command, but ensconced in a building in an outlying compound away from the main base. No one knew what he did.
Fortunately, I was not chosen, being told that the lack of a wife was a disadvantage. The aide does the bidding of the general, but the aide’s wife becomes the personal slave of the general’s wife. Being an officer’s wife is bad enough; being the wife of a general’s aide is hell. Aide’s tend to stay close to the generals to which they have been a aide.
Many years later, I read about the general that interviewed me in the news. He was under congressional--perhaps even criminal--investigation for the Iran Contra scandal. If I had become his aide, I would surely have gotten closer to events than I would have wished.
And, that’s one part of the reason why I believe Scandal. People in large organizations do things, regardless of the rules governing their behavior, because they think they are right. This becomes particularly dangerous with the power of government to protect their own...
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.