August 20, 2013

Obama Could Learn a Thing or Two from George Costanza

Wow, I can't believe I hadn't thought of this myself:

We have now had five years of an administration whose defective instincts have resulted in consistently flawed U.S. foreign policy behavior....

My humble suggestion is as follows -- it is time for President Obama, and his administration, to adopt the Costanza Doctrine. It comes from the television comedy show Seinfeld. The salient principle of the Costanza Doctrine is the statement -- "(i)f every instinct you have is wrong, then the opposite would have to be right." ...

I am certainly not suggesting that by following the Costanza Doctrine, the Obama administration will produce perfect policies. But more often than not, the instincts of the president, and his administration, are demonstrably faulty. A quick fix for these bad instincts, and the bad policies that have resulted from them, would be for the administration to do the opposite. Just like George Costanza. READ THE REST


By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:06 PM | Comments |