Date registered: Sep 2004
Vehicle: 95 E300
Location: Inside my head
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True, you have have very smart, yet bad people. But your comments on Rummy, Ashcroft and Tenant [assuming they were the subject of the original post comment] threw me as little in their actions from the time they took office showed particularly high intelligence, either for good or evil.
High Intelligence is not a necessary requirement for a good leader but a leader of moderate, or modest intelligence cannot also be arrogant and full of hubris, as Bush 1.1a has shown.
Are of the opinion that Rumsfeld or Rice are only modestly intelligent? Before you answer you might wish to review their CV's.
Is it that you conflate intelligence or lack thereof, with what you consider wise or unwise political decisions? For example, I don't think anybody would argue that Woodrow Wilson (election slogan: "He kept us out of war") was anything other than an intelligent man. But I believe his leading the USA into WWI was a huge blunder for which we paid and paid again over the following decades.
Same with Teddy Roosevelt and the Canal. One consequence of his actions in securing the canal was to encourage subsequent presidents to get involved in engineering coups de etats whenever they believed it expedient. TR established a hell of a precedent.
The biggest problems we are facing right now have to do with George Bush trying to bring more and more power into the executive branch and not go through Congress at all and thatís what I intend to reverse.
~ Senator Barack H. Obama