Mr. Rex Tillerson can hardly do worse as Secretary of State than the previous lineage over the past two decades…Ms. Condoleezza Rice (2005-2009) excluded, perhaps.
Narrow intellectual inbreeding in the U.S. Department of State has produced an infertile American diplomatic seizure, known as “grand mal political correctness”.
Where do we begin the parade of goofy?
It started well before Obama-ian red lines drawn (or not drawn) in Syrian sand; and long before the Obama-ian nuclear deal (or not deal) with the mullahs in Iran.
For our illustrative purposes of the intellectual inbreeding within the Department of State, we’d start with Warren Christopher, President Clinton’s hand chosen consummate Washington D.C. insider-as-diplomat. Christopher spent a formative year (1949-1950) clerking under Justice William O. Douglas.
In other words, Christopher was a long term Democrat Washington insider for over forty years prior to his vestment at State, and just the sort of close political cousin upon whom to bestow a federal dowry estate. Christopher’s curriculum vitae demonstrate the level of inbred buffoonery within the U.S. Department of State.
Buffoonery? Well, the Oslo Accords of 1993 come to mind. Then there’s the “muscular” diplomacy…like the mid-April 1993 attempted assassination of former President Bush, Sr. by Iraqi intelligence agents.
The response, hardly “shock and awe,” came a belated two months later, when a mere 23 Tomahawk missiles were shot into the sands of Iraq. Those sands, incidentally, were basically empty following the State Department’s ample warning broadcast which permitted force dispersal. Yeah, boy. That sure showed ‘em.
Lest we forget, the late-June 1996 Khobar Towers bombing and the State Department’s “get tough” posturing…at least by Hollywood standards. Christopher hajj’ed to Saudi Arabia, ostensibly to “force” a promise of full cooperation. The Saudis immediately set about to hamper any true FBI investigatory work…promises notwithstanding.
Not even sequential centuries of Habsburg levels of incest are capable of producing a more diplomatically mutated foreign service. Little wonder our adversaries do not respect the United States.
As for Christopher’s ideological mentor, in 1972 Justice Douglas would argue in Sierra Club v. Morton, 405 U.S. 727, that inanimate objects such as: “valleys, alpine meadows, rivers, lakes, estuaries, beaches, ridges, groves of trees, swampland, or even air” have standing in federal courts to sue under a novel “conferral of standing.”
In so many words, Douglas called for judicial activism “put neatly in focus if we fashioned a federal rule.” But the following year, in 1973, good Justice Douglas could find no such “conferral of standing” (much less personhood) for unborn children in his majority opinion in Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113.
Social mores among these closely bred political insiders (America’s neo-royalty) have always defied decency. It has blurred lines of right and wrong, a fuzzy sort of social math. Incorrigible and inconsistent, it even defies rudimentary decipher, since “It depends on what your definition of ‘is’ is.”
It also depends on your “basket of deplorables.”
The basket of intellectually inbred Secretaries of State is certainly full to the brim. Take, for example, the Czech-born Madeleine Albright (1997-2001). No wonder a peal and cry for diplomatic competence is heard across America.
Ms. Albright has the proper inside Left pedigree—Wellesley College and a PhD from Columbia University. Mere commoners are not to question her decision (while U.S. ambassador to the United Nations) to refuse to label the killings in Rwanda as genocide. Even Secretary Christopher at the time did not address the wholesale slaughter in Kigali. Over three months (early April to mid July 1994) nearly a million Tutsis were killed by Hutu militia…again, it depends on your definitions.
In late October 2000 timed no doubt with the presidential election–as an assist to Mr. Gore–Secretary Albright became the highest American official to meet with North Korean despot Kim-Jung-il. Still, given that PhD she sports, one has to wonder.
Albright became the willing photo op chump of the North Korean dictator. Chump?
Yeah. News reports at the time stated that Kim-Jung-il asked Albright how her day in totalitarian North Korea had gone. Albright replied, after visiting Rangnang Kindergarten, “I danced with the children and I’m very satisfied.”
That dancing?…Albright stood on the steps of the kindergarten, kicked up her heels and waved her arms, following the lead of a North Korean teacher. The whole being staged (conveniently) under a sign which read: “Thanks To The Respected Generalissimo Kim Il Sung”…that paternal founding dictator deity of North Korea.
So great was the desire by the Clinton/Gore team to score a final election winning “Hail, Mary!” chuck to the end zone, a bevy of endorsements were issued…too easily picked off.
If you try hard enough, you can hear the disco beat strains of “The Age of Aquarius”. The US press gushed that Kim was: “an affable diplomat, a congenial host and a bright conversationalist.” Albright gushed: “he is amazingly well-informed and extremely well-read…He was making notes. He has a sense of humor. He’s not the madman a lot of people portrayed him as.”
And President Clinton gushed (basically over himself): “This is a good deal for the United States. North Korea will freeze and then dismantle its nuclear program. South Korea and our other allies will be better protected. The entire world will be safer as we slow the spread of nuclear weapons.”
For all the gushing, that North Korean “freeze and dismantle” was short lived, if it ever had life at all. Albright admitted: “They did cheat. There’s no question. But I think that there would have been a way, in an agreement, to get them to explain what they were doing and hope that that would be a way to mitigate the issue…”
Hope—is a Chamberlainesque diplomacy to be sure. It is especially so after a number of “unfrozen” nuclear test blasts, unabated ballistics tests, with Seattle now under the range of North Korean “dismantled” rocketry.
So, if Tillerson brings fresh DNA and a degree less consanguinity to State, that has to be good for America’s long term vitality. Comparatively speaking, Tillerson can bring a vigor not seen among the intellectually effete, rainbow flag-flying U.S. Department of State since…well, let’s see.
How about…since William H. Seward (1861-1869)?
Late in his life, Seward wrote: “I know not how long a republican government can flourish among a great people who have not the Bible; the experiment has never been tried; but this I do know: that the existing government of this country never could have had existence but for the Bible.” [Source: The Bible in New York Quarterly, Vol. IX, Number 31, May 1916.]
That was then. This is now. And it is time to stop “the experiment” being tried by the intellectual inbreeds, trans-humanists or by whatever label they know (pun intended) themselves. It is time to make U.S. foreign policy function again, a vigorous foreign policy that will actually benefit Americans for a change, rather than the ring chromosome defected neo-royals busily experimenting with an ever narrower mental gene pool.
If Mr. Tillerson keeps only that comment from Mr. Steward in mind, and can avoid propositions of betrothal into that sick federal family of courtiers, he will bring about a more successful American foreign policy than anything born from the intellectually inbred lineage in their State of Denial in the last twenty years.
Make America Great Again, indeed.