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In a White House often accused of being stacked with loyalists, President Obama’s national security adviser said Wednesday there are too many white people in key government posts, endangering national security because they think alike.
Speaking at Florida International University’s commencement, Susan E. Rice, who is black, said a diversified government workforce is more likely to yield “better outcomes” than a predominantly white one.
Referring to criticism that the U.S. national security workforce is “white, male and Yale,” Ms. Rice told the graduates, “In the halls of power, in the faces of our national security leaders, America is still not fully reflected.”
Has anyone suggested she be drug and alcohol tested? I mean, if she's the National Security Adviser and going on some racist tirade opining the lack of non-whites in security positions, she needs to step down and be treated - she's lost the plot.
Too often, our national security workforce has been what former Florida Senator Bob Graham called “white, male, and Yale.”
Obama’s national security adviser said Wednesday there are too many white people in key government posts, endangering national security because they think alike.
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. Whether we’re confronting ISIL or Ebola, cybersecurity or climate change, solving today’s multifaceted global challenges demand more varied viewpoints and experiences than ever.