"...and there's too little atmosphere to land like we do on Earth."
I wonder if those people even considered the Red Dragon approach, i.e. whether "land like we do on Earth" even includes "like we'll do in fairly close future". (Of course, if they talk about the Apollo capsule approach, THAT is not going to work.)
Those aren't racist though. All white people are not sometimes described with the same descriptor.
Plus, Obama obviously isn't a monkey. He's an ape!
Don't underestimate the F-35 with a US pilot. The airframe may or may not be competitive against the opposition but I suspect the training will be.
It's the combination that counts. It's why I'm not terribly concerned by the UK selling our top arms to other countries: we'll just be so much better at actually using them.
Good universities teach you how to learn. It's a skill that isn't necessarily obvious, and isn't inherent to people that can become utterly awesome at other things if they know how to learn how to improve.
Anyway, your overall premise is clearly and demonstrably flawed. Great sports coaches are seldom as good as the people they coach, but they still help them get better.
I don't need to be able to intuitively apply knowledge and experience to know that piece of knowledge and experience in applying it are important, and I can share that wisdom with someone capable of intuitively grasping the concepts and applying them.
I like to think I'm pretty good at what I do. I do continually train myself and learn new things - and one key way of doing that is to listen to people that I can learn from. They already have the answers, and one thing I have learned is not to waste my time on solved problems.
Oddly, I probably largely can. Very few (if any) countries on the planet would refuse me residency.
Many of them would require me to have a job in an in-demand field first, but that's not a massive problem.
Many wouldn't. I could just sell everything and go live there. Buy a mansion, with what my current house is worth - not because it's worth a lot, but because it's only not worth a lot locally.