An excellent piece by the always insightful William Blum. Along with a good lesson on American history, Blum addresses the dangers of judging a person’s leadership abilities based on their resume of achievement in, and acknowledgement by, respected institutions of learning and power, wealth and "success".
LBJ, Lincoln Gordon and the Origins of the Desaparecidos
The American EliteBy WILLIAM BLUMLincoln Gordon died a few weeks ago at the age of 96. He had graduated summa cum laude from Harvard at the age of 19, received a doctorate from Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, published his first book at 22, with dozens more to follow on government, economics, and foreign policy in Europe and Latin America. He joined the Harvard faculty at 23. Dr. Gordon was an executive on the War Production Board during World War II, a top administrator of Marshall Plan programs in postwar Europe, ambassador to Brazil, held other high positions at the State Department and the White House, a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, economist at the Brookings Institution, president of Johns Hopkins University. President Lyndon B. Johnson praised Gordon’s diplomatic service as "a rare combination of experience, idealism and practical judgment".You get the picture? Boy wonder, intellectual shining light, distinguished leader of men, outstanding American patriot.Abraham Lincoln Gordon was also Washington’s on-site, and very active, director in Brazil of the military coup in 1964 which overthrew the moderately leftist government of João Goulart and condemned the people of Brazil to more than 20 years of an unspeakably brutal dictatorship.