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Intelligence Quotient

February 18, 2017

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Intelligence Quotient

IQ is said to be a measure of intelligence.  It’s defined according to tests that rate intelligence on a relational scale.

Last Thursday we witnessed a demonstration of that test as retired Vice-Admiral Bob Harward refused President Trump’s offer to fill the post of National Security Adviser thereby replacing disgraced Michael Flynn.  As a test of IQ, this former Navy Seal showed great intelligence. An intelligent gesture, Harward allowed Trump to save face citing family and financial reasons for declining. Trump immediately began to propagate this alternative fact. Truth be told, Harward felt there was just too much chaos in Trump’s administration and just had too many concerns about serving under Trump. Harward had made it a condition of accepting  the position that he would need to form his own team, but that was not in the cards.  Beyond that, there were too many unanswered questions regarding the lines of authority. Harward described it to his close friends as “eating a shit sandwich.”

To be certain there are many incompatibilities between the ethos of a Navy Seal and that of a shameless Reality Show Producer. Harward, to his credit, being a man of integrity, quickly considered the offer and declined without regret. This action may be the strongest criticism that can be hurled against Donald Trump, after all, considering it in the abstract, what kind of Navy Seal refuses a request to serve from his commander-in chief?

Following Harward’s refusal, Trump named Retired Lt. General Joseph Keith Kellogg, who had been working under Flynn, as the Acting National Security Adviser.

Asked if there was a candidate in sight, a White House official replied, “Not that I’m aware of.”  Any candidate with a bona fide intelligence background should be running scared in the other direction right now.  One thing is for sure, whoever accepts the position will be of questionable intelligence.

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