The intelligence-chief had known very well that he now served the new President. But, he stunned the committee as well as the rest of the countrymen who were watching the proceeding on live TV. He acknowledged that indeed his agency had been involved for a while in an ongoing investigation to determine whether such a collusion happened! However, it was too early to draw a conclusion, but he assured the committee that he would return to deliver the final investigative report. The very fact that any such investigation had been undergoing at all sent a shock-wave throughout the country. The newly-elected President had been denying vehemently such an accusation since winning the election. But, all this drama was happening in the capital of the country.
Half the world around, at the same moment, it was a dark but starry night along the European shores of the Mediterranean Sea. As a part of his country’s commitment to other NATO countries, young US naval officer Simon Jones was taking part in a nighttime grueling training exercise on the deck of his destroyer. Two years ago, he had received his graduation diploma, shaking the hand of the former President. He had taken the oath of serving the citizens and protecting the country from the enemies, even in exchange of his own life. He was taught that any betrayal, on the contrary, constitutes a treason.
At the end of the exercise, exhausted Simon returned to his basement quarter of the vessel. He turned on his TV to catch up with the news from home. He learned about the ongoing investigation. Then he started to fall asleep amidst the thought “For whom the country sings, then?”