"Intelligent idiots, smart fools, multi-degreed morons--lots of monikers could describe a category of individuals dismayingly prominent in the ruling elites of the West. They are the people so divorced from reality, so engrosed in bookish pursuits that--for all their undoubted intellectual accomplishments and often as a direct consequence thereof--they invariably end up with egg on their faces whenever they try to engage in practical activities. ... It is a common mistake of intellectuals to confuse IQ with common sense and verbal fluency with leadership qualities. ... All [of Obama's] brilliant academics have been brought on board for the sole purpose of lending an intellectual veneer to Obama's political schemes and validate his power grab. ... Which should remind us of the conduct of the Vietnam War by another undeniably brilliant man, full of theories and impressively in command of the data, Robet McNamara, 'the perfect man' in Lyndon Johnson admiring characterization, who died earlier this week at 93. John F. Kennedy brought a tean of 'the best and the brightest' from Harvard to manage the war. They invaded the Pentagon and set about doing what they did best (and actually the only thing they knew): writing learned position papers, drawing charts and measuring results. ... Finally the day came when the fateful point was reached and ... nothing happened. The enemy blithely continued fighting ", Vitor Volsky at The American Thinker, 11 July 2009, link: http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/07/the_audacity_of_conceit.html.
I disagree with DC about one thing in his piece, our war with Islamofascism. It is one more battle in the jihad against Christendom that began in 710 AD when Moslems went from Africa to Spain. DC may not like this, but it is literally kill or be killed. The Crusades were a response to Moslems chasing Christians out of the Middle East. That's history. Unlike Viet Nam, the US has not "escalated" anything in the current "Global War on Terror (GWOT)". While we are making many of the same mistakes in Iraq and Afghanistan we made in Viet Nam, we aren't fighting a GWOT. Terror, as many have noted is a tactic, not an enemy. We even arm Palestinians against Israel. Our "GWOT" is insane. DC is correct about how terrorists do not need ICBMs to set off a nuke in the US. Just float a ship into New York Harbor, dock and then kaboom. I said this years ago. For decades now, I've called Robert McNamara, the "Man Who Never Did Anything Right In His Life".