Alec Baldwin: Oddly Simple

Alec Baldwin has put his considerable brainpower to coming up with a solution to ill will toward the United States in the Middle East.

There is a way to defeat terrorism while building new and better alliances in the Arab world. It will be an enormously complex and difficult diplomatic puzzle. But the first step might be oddly simple. Get rid of the CIA, which has outlived its usefulness and is an embarrassment to this great country, and rebuild and reform US intelligence capabilities to fight this new type of threat. I think our hopes must begin there.

That’s the end of the piece. No explanation at all is provided for why getting rid of the CIA would be helpful. That’s because, presented with something so profound, its obvious brilliance and clarity ends discussion. Alex Baldwin says so. Q.E.D.

FILED UNDER: Intelligence, Middle East, Terrorism,
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James Joyner is Professor and Department Head of Security Studies at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm veteran. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.


  1. Mark says:

    Somewhere, the ghost of Frank Church is smiling…

  2. Dave Schuler says:

    Proof positive that it’s easier to act dumb than to act smart!

  3. John Burgess says:

    There was a reason Baldwin featured so prominently in “Team America”…

  4. Bithead says:

    I had him pegged as a complete idiot, some years ago. Unfortunately, my estimation of him has taken a downturn since then. I now have been pegged as a willful idiot. He’s just a reinforced that perception.

  5. RJN says:

    I agree about Baldwin – for the most part – but, may I ask; what has the CIA done for us lately?

  6. Oddly simple or simply odd?

  7. NoZe says:

    One more reason I’m embarrassed whenever celebrities feel the need to opine on politics.

  8. Rodney Dill says:

    Better yet, get rid of Alec Baldwin.

  9. Patrick T. McGuire says:

    But will it make the trains run on time?

  10. Brian says:

    Now, let’s not be so quick to dismiss the good Dr’s idea. His out of the box thinking worked with that whole Marco Ramius, ultra-silent ballistic missile sub thing in the North Atlantic.

    What I don’t get is how no one has come up with the Sheen for President (speaking of folks whose roles have deluded them into thinking they have a clue) provided he promises to anoint Baldwin Sec of State dream team.

  11. ranymaninokla says:

    A couple of yeas ago in college public speaking class I wrote a 20 min speech on why people should not rely on Hollywood entertainers as their source for political information.(Most entertainers deal in fantasy, not reality).I was surprised at how insulted some of my classmates were when I insinuated that some of their favorite stars might not be as well informed as they think they are. A few of these classmate think that the “Daly Show” is a real news program. A lot of young people are more concerned about how good-looking someone is and not so so much how informed they really are.

  12. Christopher says:

    ranymaninokla, where did you go to college?!?

  13. shipmate says:

    Alec Baldwin? Brainpower? Hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

  14. Anderson says:

    Baldwins are stupid … [yawn] …

  15. Timmer says:

    Alec who?

  16. G A Phillips says:

    All liberals are stupid….yawn…. and why did this fool not move to France yet?

  17. Cassandra says:

    I keep hoping there is an organization like Greenpeace out there that helps stranded organisms like Alec Baldwin find others of their own kind. You’d think if they can gently guide beached whales back out into the ocean, they could help dear, confused Alec onto a place headed for Phrance.

  18. Cassandra says:

    …and maybe there is hope for people who can’t type at the end of an over long work day.

    That would be “a PLANE headed for Phrance…”