From Andy To Paul, Definitely Not With Love

From Andrew J. Bacevich’s “Open Letter To Paul Wolfowitz” in the March 2013 edition of Harper’s:

Twenty years ago, you became dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and hired me as a minor staff functionary. I never thanked you properly. I needed that job. Included in the benefits package was the chance to hobnob with luminaries who gathered at SAIS every few weeks to join Zbigniew Brzezinski for an off-the-record discussion of foreign policy. From five years of listening to these insiders pontificate, I drew one conclusion: people said to be smart — the ones with fancy résumés who get their op-eds published in the New York Times and appear on TV — really aren’t. They excel mostly in recycling bromides. When it came to sustenance, the sandwiches were superior to the chitchat.

And the white headstones in our military and veteran’s cemeteries of Iraq War KIA’s attest to the bitter truth of Bacevich’s analysis.

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