It’s as if Barack Obama just got done reading Moneyball by Michael Lewis and has now dedicated his remaining time in office to doing the exact opposite of what Billy Bean would do. It’s a shame the one of the two with actual talent is running a baseball club. You see, Moneyball was really a book about how Billy Bean figured out how to hire the right people and thereby greatly improved his organization. President Obama, on the other hand, has just nominated Chuck Hagel as his next Secretary of Defense.
Maybe this is just me, but if I were Colonel Jessup, Chuck Hagel is not the man I’d want up there on the wall*. Instead, Chuck Hagel reminds me of philosophical predictions of the failed final men that would inhabit a flaccid, deadbeat West. Nietzsche’s portrayal of “The Last Man” springs to the forefront. Wikipedia gives a concise description of what a mediocrity the Last Man would truly be.
The last man is tired of life, takes no risks, and seeks only comfort and security. Nietzsche said that the society of the last man would be too barren to support the growth of great individuals. The last man is possible only by mankind’s having bred an apathetic creature who has no great passion or commitment, who is unable to dream, who merely earns his living and keeps warm.
Yesterday marked the beginning of Chuck Hagel’s confirmation hearing before the United States Senate. All corners of the commentariat had a field day with just how awful Chuck Hagel truly was. He was dismally unprepared. Hagel was so pathetically lowbrow that Giraldo Rivera took one look at that fact that Hagel was an Ex-Senator and decided “Heck, even *I* could do that job.”
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