This post will be a bit different. It’s a transcript of a video interview with Larry Wilkerson, most of whose career revolved around Colin Powell. Listening to this interview I see Wilkerson as part of the “expert class”—assistants to the Ruling Elite. You can see that he has all the credentials for membership in that class—in spades. What I’m hoping readers will find interesting is his mentality, which I take to be fairly representative of that class. He views himself as largely above politics, but you’ll see he has strong views on politicians. With all his experience, he seems to have largely adopted the views of those whose coattails he rode—which means, mostly Colin Powell. He has harsh views of certain people—especially Trump and Bill Clinton—while absolving others. Most of all, though, he appears baffled at how the people he served for decades have screwed up so royally, how we came to this pass. He can’t quite figure that out, and the only way forward he sees is submission to the Leadership Class that he served. In that sense he doesn’t seem to have learned much at all.
As I read this I am reminded that these people in Washington DC think that they are smarter than everyone. Larry is a perfect example. I work for some really smart people in technology and my customers are very intelligent. These people couldn't last a year in our work. I respect Feds. I have relatives and friends who are Feds. My uncles were Feds. One was Chief Clerk to the Senate Appropriations committee. He left the hill with offers to be helped to be a senator. He knew better. I respect your work Mark but don't expect me to have respect for guys like Larry who thinks that Joe Biden knows what he is doing because Colin Powell thought so. Give me a break. We are reaching a tipping point.
I agree with you that Wilkerson has no depth. My impression after reading was that his opinions are shallow. He takes gratuitous swipes at Republicans (they are morons), Ronald Reagan (suggests he got his ideas from a movie script), and even calls Henry "Scoop" Jackson a near fascist.
That last one really puzzled me, since I vaguely remember Jackson as a long-ago prominent Senator. But when I looked him up to get more details, I found that Jackson's main ideological opponent was William J. Fulbright. The namesake of the Fulbright scholarship program that is sponsored by the US State Department. Then WIlkerson's casual insults started to make sense. Basically he is just a "yes man" saying things that will win approval from friends and former colleagues. All those Fulbright Scholar alumni must still hold a grudge against poor old Scoop Jackson.
"...Stupid move..." in the mid-body of your piece sums up virtually all the moves made by this administration....from the beginnings ot the sanctions against RF which became the exploding cigar in Uncle Sam's face, to the incessant lying to themselves of how well UA was making out on the battlefield. Zellensky is on the ropes, Rasputitsa is arriving soon, and we will either see Abrams M1s stuck while firecely burning or on display at the Russian War Museum.
$100B+ gone up in smoke while the Republic burns.
Thank you, CONgress.
Last thought: Chuck U. Schumer, caught bowing to the cocaine midget, likely had previously agreed to perform this circus act in order to collect his spiff. Even a maroon would understand the horrible optics .
Epic rant, and all of it true (except for "Mike Milley") about the massive hole the elites have dug for themselves. However, this is yet another "expert" acknowledging what most of us here knew years ago. God save us from "experts".
New allegation: @CIA secretly escorted Dr. Anthony Fauci into Agency Headquarters to "influence" its COVID-19 origins investigation. pic.twitter.com/MilogK6xll
— Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic (@COVIDSelect) September 26, 2023
Fauci's alleged CIA meeting was revealed in a Tuesday night letter from Subcommittee Chairman Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) to the Inspector General of the US Department of Health and Human Services, which demands documents, communications and other evidence between Fauci and the CIA.
What difference does it make to @CIA whether the pandemic originated at a Chinese lab or in nature?
Now, same question for Dr. Fauci.
This allegation is even more interesting in light of a report from two weeks ago that the CIA bribed analysts to say Covid-19 did not originate in a Chinese lab.
My God. So close but utterly unable to diagnose psychopathy. If these people cant figure it out, our best hope is to pray that Luongo is right about Powell and Diamond. It's gonna hurt like hell, but maybe now is the right time to let that bond market go where it hasnt gone before. Far better that compared to a nuclear flash. Im gonna add 100 lb of coffee beans to my full gas tank.
If I remember correctly from when I learned about the disastrous Sicilian Expedition way back in my College days, the General in charge was from the correct class of people, and it was his turn. Trump not only was involved in the Art of the Deal, but managed major projects and dealt with the realities of construction and financing. But he is not from the proper class of people. Our experts are not experts. They have the proper connections. That is all. It is Biden's turn.
Hmm...30 years he made it all the way to bird colonel! Not sure I’m very impressed.
From Wilkerson, “And those plans, as I said, need to be based on three very basic things: climate change, nuclear weapons, and economies. And everything associated with those things needs to be prioritized and the only way you can do that is through cooperation, collaboration, and comity.”
He gives himself away right there. Kumbaya, Let’s all hold hands and sing together. Globalist’s wet dream. The problem is that the rest of the world does not share in the same “priorities” that he has, and they ultimately get a say in the matter.
When I read the first paragraph Larry Wilkerson immediately reminded me of David Brooks of the NY Times; famous recently for his $88 hamburger with fries and two double whiskeys tweet on X/Twitter. Wilkerson, like Brooks, wants to be thought of as upper crust intelligent and savvy enough to know the score and tell you what it is. They both seem more like John F'n Kerry wannabes without the rich wife.
Wow, rarely have I read someone so at odds with the thinking of most sane people. How did he reach the levels he did, while he calls Biden’s history pretty accurately, he does his mentor, Powell, a knife in the back with his assessment of Biden. I expect more from “my betters🤮”
Sparta’s Sicilian Proxy War: The Grand Strategy of Classical Sparta, 418-413 B.C. Paul A. Rahe. Available now.
Does Wilkerson think that the class of people he worked for have ever heard of, much less read about, the Sicilian Expedition? Perhaps it boils down to ‘Sicily? It was in that movie ‘Patton.’ Icky. Better not talk about it.’ BTW for those interested Professor Paul Rahe just published a book about the Sicilian Expedition. Sounds like it will be from the Spartan perspective. The Spartans sent just one of their own and he helped Syracuse beat the Athenians catastrophically. One person and good leadership can be decisive. We seem to be finding out what the bad ‘leadership’ of many will do. Perhaps we should start reading about the perspectives of the great land powers in history. Land power? We don’t need no stinkin’ land power. Or something like that.