Susan Rice: Our National Security Agencies are Too White, Putting US at Risk

The overall number of federal workers is hugely skewed in favor of minorities, and there is no question that great advantage is had by minorities in gaining a government job. Those jobs have compensation and benefits far in excess of the private sector, but it seems that liberals have made that a form of pay back in order to ease their consciences. In the world that Dr. King spoke of, and that liberals pretend they seek, we would live in a color blind society, where every job and every program would be distributed by merit, not privilege. But people like Rice cannot help themselves, and so they count and calculate and look at percentages, and then they hand out the prizes based on what percentage of blacks have these jobs, how many latinos have those spots in the university, and an endless parade entitlements based on skin color.

When it comes to key government positions and national security, which should be distributed only by merit because of their critical nature, Rice only sees percentages and demands a divvying up of the “goodies.” How can someone in her position make that a criteria for such a critical role in government? It is because she chooses to discriminate in order to “equalize” society. Here are a few of her unbelievable comments.

Now, there are voices out there that disparage our diversity—that question whether America should welcome people of all races, religions, and creeds.  Those voices can be loud.  They can be intimidating.  They can make us feel like we don’t belong.  But, you know what?  Let fear be their problem, not yours.  Shake it off.  Ignore the haters.  And, don’t you dare let them slow you down.

And, we can see the profound importance of our diversity in the realm of foreign policy and national security.

To those who deride our diversity, my answer is:  I see why it matters every day, in those who protect this country and grapple with the toughest global issues we face.  I’m privileged to work with brilliant and dedicated professionals across our government.  But we must acknowledge that our national security agencies have not yet drawn fully on the strengths of our great nation.  Minorities still make up less than 20 percent of our senior diplomats.  Less than 15 percent of senior military officers and senior intelligence officials.  Too often, our national security workforce has been what former Florida Senator Bob Graham called “white, male, and Yale.”  In the halls of power, in the faces of our national security leaders, America is still not fully reflected.

President Obama feels strongly about the need to make our national security workforce more diverse.  So do I and many other national security leaders.  In 2011, the President signed an executive order prioritizing diversity and inclusion throughout the government.  As I speak, we are pursuing ways to recruit and retain more diverse national security talent.

To those like Obama and Rice, diversity is the highest and ultimate goal of everything government does and promotes. It is pernicious and it is wrong. The goal needs to be to encourage, hire and promote the best and the brightest, and skin color should be demoted to irrelevance. The best qualified should be the one that gets the job because the job is so important, and it effects the safety and security of all citizens, no matter what their skin color is. Rice no doubt thinks that her posture is noble and inspiring, but it is not. It is just another form of racism and bigotry that divides the country and picks winners and losers by skin color rather than by performance. It disheartens those who think that what they do is more important than what their racial background is, and Dr. King would no doubt be ashamed.




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