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  •  I'm of the opinion that the President of the US (2+ / 0-)
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    whoever it may be at any given time is actually far less knowledgeable about the real state of the world. The clouding of the truth through the various intelligence agencies makes anyone ignorant because there's simply no way to know whether it's true or not except some sort of vetting system that one can never know the validity of. We talk about conspiracy theories here some times, but basically, being the president means that you are constantly fed conspiracy theories about a million different countries. The more secret information we process the less safe we are because the less accurate picture of the world we have.

    If debt were a moral issue then, lacking morals, corporations could never be in debt.

    by AoT on Tue Aug 13, 2013 at 05:21:11 PM PDT

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    •  I agree that their world is largely (3+ / 0-)
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      filtered through a lot of people with various and sundry agendae, but as you have asserted, this one is supposedly "smart".  I think that he is smart, but as we know being smart in one way is not necessarily transferrable to being smart in other ways.

      Honestly, given the history of leadership for all mankind, it is not really "smart" in my book not to be able to understand and assimilate Machiavelli, Caesar, Caligula, Napoleon, George Washington, the Founding Fathers, King George (numeral escapes me but of the 1700s), Queen Elizabeth I, LBJ, Kennedy, Hoover, Buchanan (who was one of my relatives, apparently), et al no matter what wild tales people are telling a person about how everything "now" is so incredibly "different".  It is the same old story with the same old pitfalls for most leaders.  The smart ones avoid the pitfalls where and when they can.

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