Sunday, January 15, 2017

CSE recruiting the "best & brightest"

CSE is looking to recruit the "best & brightest"... er... hipsters, apparently, for its next student co-op period.


Now, I have absolutely nothing against hipsters, and I'm glad CSE doesn't either. Even the CIA has baristas these days. If the Edward Drake Building didn't get a kick-ass espresso machine or two as part of its $880-million price tag, it certainly should have.

But I do have qualms about any part of the national security state using the phrase "the best and the brightest" in an evidently non-ironic sense.

Maybe CSE's PR folks need to read the book.

What's going on in Washington these days is certainly not a repeat of the "best and brightest" episode.

But as a certain German once popular in Russia wrote, "all great world-historic facts and personages appear, so to speak, twice.... the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce."

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