June 09, 2015

Instill Ye the Gift of Reason

When intellectuals or rich people go wrong, they go very wrong.  Lose all common sense.  So, let's say you have an extra $400 million burning a hole in your Lamborghini and want to donate it.  Help the poor?  Donate to world's richest university?  Tough call 'eh?

Malcolm Gladwell called out John Paulson on Twitter:
It came down to helping the poor or giving the world's richest university $400 mil it doesn't need. Wise choice John! 
Another example:  Let's say you remove Saddam Hussein and then look forward to Shias, Sunnis and Kurds singing Kumbaya.  Your average fourth grader would say, "Maybe they should be separated so they won't fight."

But the best and brightest in American foreign policy laughed at that, and laughed at Joe Biden when he suggested as much.  Ol' Joe may not be an intellectual, but he sure nailed it on "Iraq", a country not deserving of a label that makes it sound unified.
He was ahead of his time. "Biden got it dead right, and I still think transitioning to a federal power-sharing arrangement is the only way to stop the killing and hold Iraq together," says Leslie Gelb, former president of the Council on Foreign Relations, who wrote the op-ed with Biden.

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