Not Clueless, Inept, or Stupid

Varda Epstein,

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Varda Epstein
Varda Meyers Epstein is an expatriate, third-generation born Pittsburgher (on her mother"s mother"s side), having made Aliyah in 1979. A blogger with twin interests in Middle East politics and parenting education, Varda serves as a Communications Writer at Kars4Kids, a nonprofit organization that underwrites educational initiatives for children, and blogs at the Kars4Kids blog, an educational blog for parents. A mother of 12 children, Varda began her writing career after the birth of her youngest child in 2000. Her work can be seen on many websites including Arutz Sheva, Huffington Post, the Jerusalem Post, The Jewish Press, Kveller,, YNet, and Israellycool. She enjoys bragging to Pittsburghers (no one else understands) about her distinguished Pittsburgh lineage and writing legacy, as maternal niece of the late, great, one-of-a-kind Myron Cope, sports writer and color commentator for the Steelers....

“Obama is clueless when it comes to foreign policy.”

“Doesn’t Kerry realize that Gaza only brought devastation on itself by using foreign aid to build tunnels and rockets with which to attack Israel instead of hospitals, mosques, and schools?”

You know what I hate? The narrative that attributes cluelessness, ineptness, or stupidity to people who know darn well what they are doing.   

“Goodness, isn’t Jen Psaki stupid? Matt Lee didn’t ask her what was on the menu—he asked if they were going to eat in front of Modi while he’s fasting.”

Jen Psaki is doing her job, which is to deflect when she has no good answer to Matt Lee’s questions. Saying she didn’t have the menu in front of her was actually an intelligent move. Her job is to stick to her talking points, no matter what, as she did in this Megyn Kelly interview.

Similarly, President Obama knows exactly what he is doing when he fails to follow his own red lines regarding Syria or lies to the public about keeping their health plans and doctors.

Kerry too, knows exactly what he is doing when he suggests a moral equivalency between Hamas’ rocket offensive and Israel’s defensive response.

Ban Ki Moon knows what he is doing when he openly expresses sympathy for Gazans but not for the children of Sderot.

Obama knows what he is doing when he suggests that the buying and building of homes in Jerusalem by Jews represents an obstacle to peace.

All of these people know what they are doing. None of them are stupid or clueless. The clueless, in fact, are those who don’t understand that every move these high profile individuals and leaders make is calculated.

In attributing the misdeeds of those holding the reins of power to a lack of understanding, society offers them an easy out: a way to evade responsibility for the havoc they wreak in the world. And as a God-fearing person, I know that every person is responsible for the choices he or she makes along the way.

“But I didn’t know better!” won’t cut any ice in the next world and it shouldn’t in this world, either.