I recently ran across this quote by Graydon Carter, who is the editor of Vanity Fair:
“Arrogance, ignorance, and incompetence. Not a pretty cocktail of personality traits in the best of situations. No sirree. Not a pretty cocktail in an office-mate and not a pretty cocktail in a head of state. In fact, in a leader, it’s a lethal cocktail. Our president and his administration were arrogant during the lead-up to the Iraq war in that they listened only to those who would tell them what they wanted to hear. They were ignorant in the lack of scholarship and due diligence they brought to the matter of how the invasion would be received by those being invaded. And they were incompetent at almost every level in the execution of the war and its aftermath.” — from “Three Horsemen of the Apocalypse”
Although it was written in reaction to the political landscape of 2007, I found that it resonated with me when thinking about the current situation that Falls of Clyde is in. (Replace “war” with “preservation efforts.”)
Should the people currently running the Friends of Falls of Clyde organization chance to come upon this post, I would challenge them to take a hard look at themselves and admit that the act of honest introspection is way overdue.
Arrogance, ignorance, and incompetence.
Deadly, indeed, should Falls of Clyde be sentenced to an ignoble fate on their watch.