Since the CFR is where US colonels on a fast track to their first generalship star are sent for a year’s apprenticeship, it’s no wonder that doctrines of feminized warfare such as “hearts and minds” and nation-building have spread even to such battle-hardened warriors as General Stanley McChrystal, a CFR alumnus. Diana West, following her earlier call to fire McChrystal, charged the esteemed general with criminally irresponsible rules of engagement “predicated on a politically correct, see-no-Islam, hothouse-academic, socially-engineering vision of the world as it isn’t that has cost all too many of our men’s lives, limbs, and well-being, not to mention countless billions of dollars, and lost power and prestige that once safeguarded us against our enemies.”
It seems like a contradiction to quote Diana West while bashing the female influence in disciplines resting on the correct reading of human reality. But one must reckon with the fallacies embedded in the confounded postmodern West’s Weltanschauung due to the left’s distortions and misuses of basic statistical concepts.
There are splendid, wise, and courageous women who could teach the male species a lesson. Margaret Thatcher was one of the 20th century’s best and most admirable statesmen. The antics of Dr. Susan Rice (see realist assessments here and here) at the United Nations are a laughingstock. Rice would not be fit to sharpen Jeane Kirkpatrick’s pencils in the same office.
The mean characteristics of a group neither represent nor are represented by the +3 or 4 sigma outlier in that group. Major Heather Penney made an exemplary fighter pilot, but that does not mean that opening military-combat careers to women is generally a good idea. Catherine Destivelle may be one of the greatest rock climbers of all time, but it does not follow that women, as a group, ought to be considered on an equal basis—and no other basis will do—for service as firemen, policemen, or elite-unit combat soldiers.
But all that does not jibe with the liberal-progressive doctrine that rests on non-discrimination, i.e., a conscious refusal to acknowledge and act on biological reality’s discriminations. The same doctrine also construes singular exceptions to reality’s rules as disprovals of reality’s rules.
With women’s ascent into male domains has come the degradation of the males deemed qualified to serve in positions previously reserved for tough men. With this man its Commander-in-Chief and this man its CIA Director and now US Secretary of Defense, the US could have placed Betty Friedan in either of those positions with equal success.
What is to be done? At this stage, after 40 years of major degradation, there are no simple answers left. If reversal could be attained from within, Western men would have to find enough testosterone in their depleted brains and gonads to combat women for control of society via peaceful but radical means such as a reverse Lysistrata. To condense that to a phrase, “Feminist Hex or Sex: Choose One.”
It’s either that, or the solutions will be extracted from us exogenously. There are several candidates who could act as Offended Reality’s scourge—all of them patriarchal, macho-controlled, and totally unconcerned with soft concepts such as social justice or hearts and minds. Choose One: People’s Republic of China, Putin’s (and his successors’) KGBstan, or the 7th-century savages whom we continue invading and bribing for democracy over there while needlessly importing them over here.
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