Stupidity or malice? A case study

By Nathan Barton

Did some staffer in the Obama Administration accidentally confuse customs of modern society and give Iranian nuclear facilities a money bomb instead of a high-explosives bombing? Or was it accidental? Was this the large scale equivalent of a “shout-out” by the guy who squats in DC?

I understand that someone once asked either Mark Twain or Will Rogers which he believed in: the conspiracy theory of history or the accidental theory of history. The reply was “both” – that it made no sense that were not many, many groups of people, including some with great wealth and power already, who were conspiring to change events and the course of history. But at the same time, that conspiracies could not and never would account for all the strange events and actions that do change the history of our world.

In the same way, if we were asked if we believe that government actions are the result of stupidity or the result of malice, we should probably answer “both.” We know that both governmental malice AND governmental stupidity are facts of life, and no doubt many actions (like the releasing of billions of dollars to the Persian Islamist government) are due to both factors. As in so many things, government operates at an extreme level: extreme violence, extreme stupidity, and extreme malice. I am sure that the staffers and other minions in the current regime in DC are on a constant lookout for twofer and even three-fer opportunities. The Iran deal let them thumb their noses at their conservative and neocon opponents in DC itself, as well as their supposed allies in both Israel and Saudi Arabia, while buttering up their naive progressive comrades. Who could have resisted?

About tpolnathan

Follower of Christ Jesus (christian), Pahasapan, Westerner, Lover of Liberty, Free-Market Anarchist, Engineer, Army Officer, Husband, Father, Historian, Writer.
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