Affirmative Action

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION….Does convicted FBI spy Robert P. Hanssen remind you of anyone? Here’s the conclusion of an internal investigation:

The report by Justice Department Inspector General Glenn A. Fine also found that Hanssen, who compromised some of the United States’ most vital intelligence and military secrets, repeatedly advanced on the career ladder despite weak performance, poor management skills and awkward relations with colleagues. One supervisor called him the “strangest person” he had ever encountered at the FBI.

Those white boys can get away with just about anything at the FBI, can’t they?

Think that’s an unfair shot? Here’s what Mickey Kaus said about Jayson Blair last May:

Why isn’t the basic Jayson Blair story obvious from the NYT’s lengthy account–namely, an underperforming and unready reporter was promoted in January, 2001, over the objections of one of the editors who knew him best, because of his skin color.

Will Mickey read the Justice Department’s lengthy account and come to the “obvious” conclusion: that Hanssen survived despite “weak performance [and] poor management skills” due to his skin color? After all, if this so patently obvious when it’s a black guy, why isn’t it equally obvious when it’s a white guy?

Make no mistake: affirmative action for whites exists just as surely as it does for blacks. It’s not formalized into special programs ? it doesn’t have to be ? but it exists nonetheless. And it allows low-performing mediocrities to get promoted over and over and over.

In the case of black affirmative action, the most recent result was some badly reported stories in the New York Times. In the case of white affirmative action the result was hundreds of our country’s secrets being sold to the highest bidder and the deaths of three American spies.

Which one do you think is worse?

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