I have a brother-in-law who can fix computers. Great guy, imminently qualified engineer, go-to-guy for all things tech. However, I don’t consultant him when I want to write a piece for the Huffington Post. I have a sister-in-law who is definitely among the world’s greatest parents and educators. Sweet, thoughtful and an educator in so many different ways. But I don’t ask her to be in charge of the Red Sox bullpen. Yet, Jared Kushner, President Trump’s wunderkind son-in-law is somehow the panacea for both the country’s and the world’s problem.
Jared Kushner is married to Ivanka Trump. He, like his wife’s father, came from a real estate “empire” set up by his daddy. Maybe it’s a good thing he has moved on to the White House. His real estate centerpiece, the focal point of what he is exactly supposed to be good at is in big trouble. (Yes, the street address is “666”).
So when Trump launched his campaign for president, the Boy Wonder was right there, advising all along the way. Ah, but that was just a preview of what’s happening right now. After the election, Kushner excised a long simmering feud and got Chris Christie bounced.
What appeared to be on the top of Kushner’s to-do list was bringing peace to the middle east. Of course that would be quite an accomplishment. The region has been in turmoil for eons and since Israel’s founding, there have war after war. It’s not clear what qualifies Kushner for one of the toughest diplomatic gigs going. Sure, he’s currently celebrating Passover. But that won’t help him when his boss can’t decide between the one- or two-state solutions.
Kushner’s duties at State are not confined to the Israeli-Palestinian question. He recently found himself in Iraq meeting with that vulnerable country’s president. Perhaps they were formulating a plan to rid the planet of ISIS. Hard to say.
Need a new trade deal with Mexico? Jared is your man. There are the pesky problems of dad-in-law wanting to build a great wall and have the Mexicans pay for it.
When China sues for copyright infringement over the “great wall” name, it’s Jared who is going to be your point man. He’s charged with developing private business interests with the Chinese.
We don’t want Jared’s talent to all be tied up in foreign countries. Therefore, he is also heading the new Office of American Innovation. The office is necessary because daddy-in-law has butchered any federal program that funds actual research and development.
If it’s any consolation, experience and qualifications are not a prerequisite for positions in the Trump administration. Besides, if Steve Bannon sees Kushner and Ivanka as the enemy, how bad can he be? As the saying goes, the enemy of my enemy is my friend.