Best and the Brightest

The Best and the Brightest is a catch phrase which commonly refers to President John F. Kennedy’s closest advisors. In fact, it’s is the title of a popular book by David Halberstam which, used ironically, criticizes these “whiz kids” for arrogantly insisting on “brilliant policies that defied common sense” in Vietnam, often against the advice of career U.S. Department of State employees.

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