“I used to struggle with impostor syndrome, but at 36 I refuse to internalize misguided patriarchal ideas of what a woman can or should be,” claims an unnamed CIA employee in a recent CIA recruiting video now getting hammered from all sides on grounds of flagrant wokeness. The CIA applauds the effort, part of their “Humans of CIA” series that launched in 2019.
A CIA mouthpiece told reporters the series lets “real officers share their firsthand experiences.” Since this purports to be video vérité, a review is in order.
“I am intersectional, but my existence is not a box-checking exercise,” the CIA star claims. She suffered from “imposter syndrome,” which supposedly causes high achievers to doubt their skills, but “I did not sneak into the CIA.” Indeed, “My employment was not and is not of a fluke or a slip through the cracks. . . I am educated, qualified and competent.” That gives viewers plenty to ponder.
On the education side, what exactly is the intersectional agent’s field of study and what is her GPA? Would a degree in sociology or women’s studies qualify somebody as educated? Has she read books on espionage such as Perjury: The Hiss Chambers Case, by Allen Weinstein? Like Clinton security advisor Anthony Lake, does the star CIA agent think Hiss might be innocent? She claims to be qualified but for what the video provides no clue. For many viewers, that will be an issue.
The Central Intelligence Agency is tasked with protecting the United States against hostile, nuclear armed powers such as China, Russia, and North Korea, with Iran soon to join the list. Protecting America would seem to require more than mere competence, but the CIA video star gives no examples of her actual job performance. On the other hand, she leaves viewers with more than a reasonable doubt.
“I am a woman of color,” the CIA star explains. “I am a mom, I am a cisgender millennial who’s been diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder.” Viewers might think that such a disorder would disqualify a person from working for the nation’s most sensitive intelligence agency. Strictly speaking, the CIA is not a therapeutic or training organization.
Whatever “cisgendered” might be, the 36-year-old provides no explanation of how qualifies someone for employment with the CIA. The CIA star also refers to “my brilliance,” so the cisgender millennial mom is also humble and self-effacing. Like Eve Rand in Being There, the CIA star reveals herself to herself, and she is drenched and purged. Like Sammy Davis Jr., she proclaims “I’ve gotta be me,” and there’s more to her.
“I am intersectional, but my existence is not a box-checking exercise,” she says. If any viewer thought the cisgender intersectional was hired for factors beyond her control, such as ancestry or ethnicity, it would be hard to blame them. All told, the video requires considerable suspension of disbelief.
Some viewers thought CIA had somehow been swapped out for AOC, and others suspected the hand of Saturday Night Live. The video doubtless drew the biggest applause from hostile nations and terrorists cells around the world, and they might see it as something of a sequel.
September 11, 2021, will mark 20 years since a squad of Islamic terrorists, based in caves in far-away Afghanistan, hijacked airliners and crashed them into the World Trade Center and Pentagon. With all its power and resources, the CIA and the rest of the vaunted “intelligence community,” failed to prevent that massive death and destruction.
As viewers may recall, from 2013 to 2017, the CIA was headed by John Brennan, who in 1976 voted for Gus Hall of the Communist Party USA for president. Brennan never should have been hired by the CIA for any purpose, but he managed to slip through the cracks. So maybe the cisgender millennial who refuses to internalize patriarchal ideas was on to something.
CIA bosses now believe “diversity is an operational advantage,” and want agents who “look like the UN.” For their part, the embattled American people prefer agents who are the very best at protecting the nation from attack.
Hiring more cisgender millennials with anxiety disorder is not likely to make the CIA more effective or the nation more secure. The intersectional doubtless feels good about herself, but the CIA video guarantees no happy ending for the people.