The Sublime Genius Of Our Leadership Class

James Rozoff
8 min readJun 2, 2024
Photo by Fernando Santander on Unsplash

When I see people like Joe Biden, Donald Trump, Kamala Harris, Lyndsey Graham and others, I am confident our country is ruled by some of the most brilliant individuals on the planet. We have such a glut of geniuses, I only wish we could send some of them back in time to help people in the past confront the great crises of their time. Imagine how easily we could have resolved the issues of slavery, The Great Depression, or The Cuban Missile Crisis if Chuck Schumer and Mitch McConnell had been there to assist. But having people so brilliant in charge sometimes makes it hard for a guy of lesser intelligence like me to figure out exactly what they’re thinking. So give me a hand if you will, because sometimes it’s so brilliant it almost looks like they don’t know what they’re doing at all.

Let’s start with Afghanistan. What the hell happened there? We gave money and weapons to Muslim fundamentalist fighters in the 80’s in order to cause problems for the Soviet Union. I get that, it was a genius move, with nary a chance for blowback. But then 9/11 happened and we spent the next 20 years in Afghanistan, but what the hell were we doing? I mean, 20 years is a hell of a long time to be in a country without having any clear strategy. And then, one day, we just decided “Mission Accomplished!” and buggered off. We assured the world that the people we had been fighting against for 20…

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