It has been a central conceit of the progressive movement since the early 1900’s that simply getting enough smart people together will cure all our problems.
This is the approach of technocracy — rule by experts. We tried it. Wilson and his ilk “solved” the problem of world peace after WWI, Kennedy and his brain trust “solved” the Bay of Pigs crisis with Cuba, Reagan and his A-Team of savvy business people “broke down” the Soviet Union, George W. Bush and his close circle of neo-cons “prevailed” over evil in the Middle East.
All of them with their elite “Ivy leaguers” thought they were going to redraw the maps of the globe. All what they did was create a bigger mess than ever in every single corner of the globe…. We’re still cleaning up the mess in the Middle East caused by acts of hubris and years of “rookie” foreign policy. We now have practically every country in the world on our back resenting our actions after having lost all trust in us to say the least…. and this is just the beginning.