Monday, July 26, 2010

Best and Brightest 2.0

Those of us old enough to remember the original quagmire, Vietnam, know the phrase, "Best and Brightest." It was the title of book by David Halberstam. It referred to the the "brain trust" President Kennedy collected as his advisers.

Kennedy mined the best brains of the Ivy League and industry. They knew they were the best and brightest in the country. Because they were the best and brightest, they were infallible.

That was the problem. They simply couldn't believe they could make a mistake.

The result was the tragedy of Vietnam.

Neal Gabler of the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington writes that he sees disturbing similarities between the Kennedy and Obama administration advisers.

Gabler's article is a bit long, but it's worth the read.

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