GM vs. Afghanistan
But why, pray, does this not equally apply to running Iraq or Afghanistan? Why does our conservative elite believe that these vast, complex, foreign cultures and countries are somehow more manageable than GM? What expertise does Barack Obama have in running Afghanistan?
All he knows is Chicago, Hawaii and America. If you think of the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan as essentially foreign government take-overs of failed states, why would a conservative believe that it could be successful? If government cannot run a company within its own borders, why do we believe it can build a nation thousands of miles away? If it cannot control its own borders or balance its own books, what on earth is it doing trying to run or reorganize or pacify parts of the world it knows next to nothing about?
Still, the fact of the matter remains that the United States Government employs thousands of people with expertise in foreign affairs (the State Department, National Security Council, congressional foreign affairs staffers, etc.) and hundreds of thousands of people with expertise in military affairs. So far as I know, it employs no people with experience running an automobile company – let alone transforming one to cope with a new era in which it is cornered on all market segments by foreign firms enjoying comparative advantage.
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