• Susan Rice: Too Many Smart White Guys on National Security Team Putting America at Risk

    June 2, 2016

    Posted in: Embassy/State, Military

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    Actual Black Person and National Security Advisor Susan Rice told graduates at Florida International University in a commencement speech a week or three ago that the presence of too many “white, male, and Yale” personnel in America’s national security agencies she helps staff and run is posing a threat to the very security of the United States.

    “Too often, our national security workforce has been what former Florida Senator Bob Graham called ‘white, male, and Yale,'” Rice stated. “In the halls of power, in the faces of our national security leaders, America is still not fully reflected. I’m not talking about a human resources issue. I’m highlighting a national security imperative.”

    So what the hell exactly is Rice talking about that’s so dangerous besides herself?

    “By now, we should all know the dangers of ‘groupthink,’ where folks who are alike often think alike. By contrast, groups comprised of different people tend to question one another’s assumptions, draw on divergent perspectives and experiences, and yield better outcomes.”

    So that means all people of a certain melanin ratio think the same way? I think that’s the same kind of racist hate that many still say about people of color.

    Or that once in government, Blacks, Whites, Latinos, gay people and all others don’t all become weasels and suckups who always agree with their boss? Also, one can’t help but notice that Rice, in her powerful position, is already Black. And that other guy, the one who sits at the head of the table, he also looks Black.

    And about that “Yale” part of the equation Rice also does not like. Rice attended elite Stanford University, and then went on to even more elite Oxford University in England, kinda on the Yale spectrum. Her boss, Barack Obama, went to Columbia and Harvard, so so much for diversity there. Maybe she should resign in favor of someone who went to Ohio State on a football scholarship.

    Rice wasn’t done in her commencement speech, as she had to explain her views on the utter shallowness of diplomacy, about how America can fool foreigners with funny costumes that for sure matter more than policies such as drone strikes against civilians and overthrowing governments:

    “Moreover, we want our national security leaders to reflect America’s best self to the world and inspire others to follow our example. Not by preaching pluralism and tolerance, but by practicing it. Think of the LGBT person in Bangladesh who knows that someone at the American embassy understands who she is. Think of the Iraqi soldier, learning to fight alongside Iraqis from other religious sects, who takes inspiration from America’s own multi-ethnic force. Think of young Haitians drawn to converse with a Foreign Service officer who has dreadlocks like their own. That is how we build bridges and deepen partnerships in an increasingly globalized world.”

    Damn, that’s it. If only more of our diplomats grew dreads things would be working better for America out there.

    BONUS: I am in favor of diversity. But the arguments Rice is making were made in part years ago about bringing more women into government. We did, and it didn’t change sh*t about the way America conducts itself in the world.

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    • Susan Rice: Too Many Smart White Guys on National Security Team Put… | Dr. Roy Schestowitz (罗伊) said...


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      06/2/16 7:40 AM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...


      History will say the problem was dumb-ass black women named Rice.

      06/2/16 8:24 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...


      Oreck plans to live in Finland after his ambassadorship ends. How many American foreign service officers currently serving in the Middle East or Africa plan to go “native” and settle down for good near their present post? Does Rice know the number?
      JFK had a handfull of national security advisors. What was once a small team is now an agency employing hundreds if not thousands. Sounds like a featherbedding problem -not a lack of diversity.

      06/2/16 8:26 AM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...


      At Florida International University in Miami, blacks and Hispanics make up nearly three-quarters of the student body, but less than one-quarter of the faculty.

      06/2/16 8:59 AM | Comment Link

    • teri said...


      Well, if THAT doesn’t convince the Trump voters, nothing will.

      06/2/16 9:45 AM | Comment Link

    • jo6pac said...


      “BONUS: I am in favor of diversity. But the arguments Rice is making were made in part years ago about bringing more women into government. We did, and it didn’t change sh*t about the way America conducts itself in the world.”

      Because the white guys are hiring the same type of cycle-0-paths like they are.

      06/2/16 9:57 AM | Comment Link

    • Kyzl Orda said...


      Because you just have to look like your hip, not actually know what you are doing.

      I can think of intelligent folks working in ECA bureau who were experienced and knowledgable who also were African American who didn’t make it at State. Why? They weren’t in the inner circle of ECA’s HR chief.

      Bottom line – if you are great at networking and gossiping – Rice and company have a job for you. If you are serious about what you do and love it — fuggadaboutit. The so-called mirrors of diversity share the same problem as the Yale buds — they fear competition. Best part – you don’t need to know jack about terrorism or the MIddle East. Just be a ‘team player’

      06/2/16 11:33 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...


      Kyzi: watch that “your” when you mean “you’re”- otherwise everything you said makes sense.

      06/2/16 1:18 PM | Comment Link

    • traven said...


      Is Stanford the Yale of the West coast for producing right wing African-American women? Condalezza and Susan. And what does this say about our President compared to Bush? Curious minds would like to know.

      06/2/16 1:27 PM | Comment Link

    • sglover said...


      She is preaching stock Dem orthodoxy: All that matters is that management of hierarchical organizations have the proper statistical fractions of various lifestyle groups. The purpose of the organizations, whether they make sense at all, simply isn’t an interesting question.

      It all suggests a useful national project. Why don’t we build an enormous ziggurat, five kilometers high, with thousands and thousands of steps. Then, the day after their graduations, we can send there all the bright graduates in International Relations, Political Science, Economics and Law from Harvard, Yale, Stanford et al. They can climb climb climb to the end of their days. For that lot it should be deeply fulfilling, and it would keep them out of the way of the rest of the country.

      06/2/16 2:36 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...


      Hillary Clinton says Trump is “dangerously incoherent”……as if what has been coming out of the White House for a good many years hasn’t been.

      06/2/16 4:06 PM | Comment Link

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      06/2/16 4:44 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...


      Pity Susan Rice. She is asked to lie regarding the Benghazi attack and then she has to lie about Bergdahl’s “service”. Bergdahl may have defected (we won’t be told). Pity the Taliban stumbling across such a doofus. He had to be nothing but a plant at best in their minds. Any bets he’ll be pardoned as Obama leaves office? That whole prisoner exchange was a sham.

      06/2/16 5:41 PM | Comment Link

    • Sokollu said...


      Peter – an articulate and courageous piece. As a white female, I’m sick and tired of the notion that ‘more women’ will somehow magically (like the Magical Negro in films) fix foreign policy. Women like Nuland, Slaughter, the egregious Samantha Power and Hillary herself are pure neocons. They wrap their belief that Aunt Samantha knows best in a gauze of ‘humanitarianism’ but at base it is all unconsidered, ignorant White Savior Syndrome.

      06/2/16 7:30 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...


      Samantha Power with her goody good R2P mantra is easily manipulated by the warmongers. She hasn’t a clue of how she fits into the imperial ruse.

      06/2/16 9:11 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...


      Meanwhile, this cunt.. is still just a conspirator of Legal Imperialism’s war crimes..



      06/2/16 9:20 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...


      Meanwhile.,. the abomination of Guantanamo goes on to define what Legal Imperialist regimes do …


      06/2/16 9:37 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...


      Moreover.. let me redefine the Dumbest Country on the Planet. From this point on.. notwithstanding Germany in 1939..I’ll refer it to the most Pathologically in Denial Population of any Country on the Planet in history.

      06/2/16 9:46 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...


      btw..did I mention.. FUCK Samantha Powers.

      06/2/16 9:50 PM | Comment Link

    • StarkNakedTruth said...


      …and while we’re on the subject of really stupid women in the current administration; Jen Psaki and Marie Harf get my vote.

      I cringed every time the Barbies opened their yaps.

      06/2/16 10:30 PM | Comment Link

    • Kyzl Orda said...


      StarkNakedTruth: “I cringed every time the Barbies opened their yaps. ”

      You can add to this Petreaus’s mistress Paula Broadwell, making the rounds in the NY TImes in their redemptive piece on her and her efforts to get the media to stop using the word ‘mistress’ because of its negative connotations in favour of ‘lover’.

      ‘Lover’? Really? Do they still exchange cards? Is this really the fight that needs fighting?

      ‘Delusional’ is probably just as appropriate a word and looking forward to Ms Broadwell receding back into the woodwork with the termites

      06/3/16 8:43 AM | Comment Link

    • 5 dancing shlomos said...


      diversity should mean ZERO neoliberals, neocons, jews (dominant in previous 2 neos)

      while hiring, appointing more americans

      06/3/16 11:18 AM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...


      “Mistress” Paula Broadwell, General P’s oral sperm receptacle.

      06/3/16 7:28 PM | Comment Link

    • Bruce said...


      And Hill, NO; don’t fergit white, fem fatale and Yale precedent,CLINTON (Whose BONUS’ also ain’t Changed $HIT) !

      06/4/16 12:39 PM | Comment Link

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