Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Beware the intellectuals

After reading National Post columnist Robert Fulford's obituary on "wiz kid" Robert McNamara, I starting thinking about intellectuals and politics.

This pondering led to the following letter to the editor which appears in today's Post:

Re: The Smartest Guy In The Room, Robert Fulford, July 7.

This column is a timely reminder that a university diploma isn't everything.

As Robert Fulford notes, Robert McNamara may have been a highly educated intellect, but his policies gave us the disaster that was the Vietnam War.

The lesson: Sometimes great intellectuals just don't make great leaders.

That's something Canadians might want to remember when judging the merits of a certain ex-Harvard professor now leading the federal Liberals.

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