posted on Jul, 27 2012 @ 11:31 PM
I guess it depends on how you define "smart". It is very easy for the media to portray a political leader as unintelligent. There is little room
for human error when you have the national media watching your every move.
When you are talking about the elitist of the elite, this kind of elitism is all based exclusively on bloodline, and family connections. Even for the
self-made man - a millionaire or even a billionaire - they aren't even in the same league as the power elite at the top of the heap. Bloodline does
not necessarily entail intelligence, though these bloodlines are exceptionally powerful in the political sense, and rich beyond belief.
Wealth and political power are not the same mechanisms as book smarts. You could have a highly intelligent individual that is dirt poor, and has no
political power whatsoever.
Like all segments of any population, there is a bell curve. Elites are human beings, and have varying degrees of aptitudes for intelligence and book
smarts. Some are more talented than others in this regard.
When you ask yourself, "How did these Ivy League graduates make such a mess of such and such a situation in our current events?" Remember, some of
these "situations" are deliberate, even though they appear to be a fiasco from the outside world's point of view.
Regarding MacNamara, you have to put his comments in historical context. It's easy to look back in hindsight and talk about regrets.