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

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 multiethnic 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.

Peter Van Buren blew the whistle on State Department waste and mismanagement during Iraqi reconstruction in his first book, We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People. His latest book is Ghosts of Tom Joad: A Story of the #99 Percent. Reprinted from the his blog with permission.

6 thoughts on “Susan Rice: Too Many Smart White Guys on National Security Team Putting America at Risk”

  1. 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. <—– WRONG … Hillary changed it for the worse!

  2. ” Too Many Smart White Guys on National Security Team Putting America at Risk”

    hummm…
    What if we say too many racist Blacks like Rice are threatening America?

    And this is how stupid blacks like Rice are…..she says …”Think of young Haitians drawn to converse with a Foreign Service officer who has dreadlocks like their own”

    Which is saying of course that a black Haitian wants to talk to another black who looks like him.
    While she decries having whites who’ look like each other’ and says we should add some ‘different’ colors.

    Rice’s own ‘contradictions’ are the perfect example of how racist trap themselves in their own hypocrisy…..and are too stupid to see it.

  3. We are facing so many problem today, I don’t even know where to start…. But one thing is for sure and that is we better fix our act before it is too late… lets stop playing Games and do something which can benefit human beings in general instead of war which is not going to get us any where.

  4. Shallow people like Rice give diversity a bad name.

    Hey Susan, what about the trans-woman who rots in a men’s prison for telling the truth?

    What about the Indian woman who gets slaughtered by our death squads in Guatemala for demanding to get payed a human wage for the back breaking work she does on one of our plantations?

    And what about the teenage Muslim boy in Yemen who gets blown to smithereens because his father said some nasty things online?

    Is this the kind of diversity your talking about?

  5. Susan Rice is that dysfunctional meeting place where affirmative action and political cronyism intersect…and she is appointed and supervised by another affirmative action failure. If merit mattered, Susan Rice would be a parking enforcement officer…. But she would probably issue parking tickets based on race and cronyism.

  6. The article may be right, but it needs to be recognized how easy it is to talk about color blindness and meritocracy when the power structure is dominated by people of your color and orientation. Belittling minority people who cannot so readily see these truths only exacerbates the problem.

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