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Afghanistan and the Managerial Elite

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It will be interesting to see what Joe Biden has to say on the 20th anniversary of the September 11 terror attacks. Some believe that Biden rushed the withdrawal from Afghanistan so that he could claim on 9/11 that he had ended America’s longest war. But in the scramble to end the war before 9/11, mistakes were made, corners were cut, lives were lost. And by leaving in the way he did, what has Biden really ended? It seems likely that Biden may have done nothing less than heat up the GWOT, the Global War on Terrorism.

The pullout from Afghanistan was so horrendous that the kindest thing one can say about it is that it was incompetent. In “Farewell to Bourgeois Kings” on August 16, the Swedish blogger Malcolm Kyeyune (whose byline is “tinkzorg”) had some interesting things to say about incompetence, as well as political legitimacy, meritocracy, experts, elites, and the managerial class:

When Michael Gove said “I think the people in this country have had enough of experts” in a debate about the merits of Brexit, he probably traced the contours of something much bigger than anyone really knew at the time. Back then, the acute phase of the delegitimization of the managerial class was only just beginning. Now, with Afghanistan, it is impossible to miss.

It is not just that the elite class is incompetent… it is that they are so grossly, spectacularly incompetent that they walk around among us as living rebuttals of meritocracy itself. It is that their application of managerial logic to whatever field they get their grubby mitts on -- from homelessness in California to industrial policy to running a war -- makes that thing ten times more expensive and a hundred times more dysfunctional.

The “best and the brightest,” right -- but is incompetence impeachable?

Regardless of what the Constitution says about “high crimes and misdemeanors” and what the “experts”........

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