Saturday, November 26, 2016

Kathleen Troia McFarland: Who is She?

Who is Kathleen Troia McFarland.  She is a policy wonk who appears to be well grounded in real world power structure.  She served under Nixon, Ford, and Reagan.  She grew up in Madison, Wisconsin, and is within a month of my age. She has four children and two step children, so she has real skin in the game.  She is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

She doesn't seen to be a limited govenment Constitutionalist, but that is not her job.  I found some interesting quotes. From
"Russia does not have a modern economy: it's a petro-power. The only thing it sells that the world wants to buy is oil and natural gas. When was the last time anyone bought a Russian computer? A Russian car? A Russian cell phone? Russia is so dependent on high energy prices that if oil falls below $100 a barrel, the Kremlin can't meet payroll."

 "As long as the United States - and the world - gets its oil from the Middle East, we will be drawn into the endless crises that seem endemic to the region. American energy independence would not only liberate us, it would also drive down the worldwide price of oil."

"One of the lessons of Vietnam, which we failed to heed in the Iraq war and the Afghanistan surge, is that before you commit U.S. military forces to aid or assist, it is essential to know what you want them to achieve."

 "The problem with people who live in a world of speeches and books and theories is they don't know how to fix things in the real world when they go wrong. They feign ignorance, blame others, and make another eloquent speech."
She was abused quite a bit as a child. In my limited experience, and reading, abused kids, who are bright, tend to make excellent spies. They tend to have a good grasp of reality. They learn to read people and to manipulate them.  This should make them good at politics.  She seems very, very smart.

She should make a good Deputy National Security Advisor.

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