What The Hell Is Going On At State?

As a degree holder in international relations and conflict management I am always interested in the doings at the State department…..since it is suppose to be the diplomatic arm of the US government it gives us wonks a scale by which we judge the actions globally of this country.

Since Pres. Trump nominated Rex Tillerson we have been struggling to get a grip on his attitudes to his new position of power.  So far I am NOT impressed.  This man is an amateur…I do not care how many companies he ran and how many trips he has made overseas….he is an amateur and needs replacing with someone with experience.

For instance. he has decided not to go to the FM meeting at NATO instead he will travel to Russia.  Russia?  Why?

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s travel plans aren’t sitting well with his counterparts in Europe. Tillerson will skip a NATO meeting early next month, the first time in more than a decade a secretary of state has done so, reports Reuters. On top of that, Tillerson will travel to Russia later in the month. “No matter how you spin it, this is unfortunate symbolism,” a veteran European diplomat tells Reuters, referring to the perception that the Trump White House is anti-NATO and pro-Russia. The State Department didn’t provide an official reason for Tillerson’s decision to skip the April 5-6 meeting in Brussels, notes CNN, but it appears he’s opting instead to be in Florida for Trump’s meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping on April 6-7.

Tillerson will, however, see foreign ministers from NATO in Washington on Wednesday in a meeting about the Islamic State, notes Politico. The semiannual planning session in Brussels will be more focused on NATO itself, and Tillerson will be represented there by Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Tom Shannon, who served under President Obama. After the China meeting in Florida, Tillerson will attend a G7 summit in Italy on April 10-11, and the State Department says he’ll visit Moscow after that. Democrats were quick to pounce on the decision—”a grave error,” says one House lawmaker—and ABC News rounds up their criticisms.

Then there was his visit to China…..BTW he blew off part of his South Korea visit because he needed a nap……and his words while there were at best confusing…..

“You said that China-US relations can only be friendly,” Chinese President Xi Jinping said to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Sunday. “I express my appreciation for this.”

Beijing could not be more pleased with Tillerson’s choice of words. Chinese state media is now crowing because the American diplomat, who seemed resolute in Tokyo and Seoul, appears to have turned deferential in Beijing—perhaps unwittingly. In the Chinese capital, he repeated in public the preferred Chinese formulation of relations between the two powers. On the preceding day at a press conference with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi, Tillerson said ties between the two countries were guided by “non-conflict, non-confrontation, mutual respect, and win-win cooperation.”

Source: Tillerson’s Deference to Beijing or Unfortunate Rookie Mistake? | World Affairs Journal

Since Trump has decided that diplomacy is not important I am guessing that the various desks with State are vacant and this leads to moronic words and actions….

His impotent tenure so far is nothing but amateur hour at the cost of the nation’s reputation…..if he is not so good at this job then why would he want to do it?

As the old saying goes: Behind every successful man there stands a woman … making him become the United States’ secretary of state. At least that’s how the adage was apparently interpreted in Rex Tillerson’s household, per an interview with Tillerson that appeared Tuesday in the International Journal Review. “I didn’t want this job. I didn’t seek this job,” says the secretary, who IJR notes seems to have a “relative disinterest in the pomp and circumstance” of the job he now holds. In fact, Tillerson reveals that pre-2017, he’d been planning on retiring this month and heading off to hang out with his grandchildren at his Texas ranch. So what changed his mind? A little finger-wagging from his wife, Renda St. Clair.

“My wife told me I’m supposed to do this,” Tillerson tells IJR, noting that St. Clair exclaimed, “I told you God’s not through with you!” when he came home “stunned” after meeting with Donald Trump post-election and finding out the then-president-elect wanted him to run the State Department. Not that Tillerson, who turns 65 on Thursday, hasn’t since come around. “She was right. I’m supposed to do this,” he says, adding he’ll stick around “at the pleasure of the president.” Read the rest of the interview—including his take on how diplomacy mixes with the “America First” concept, and how an aide says he and Defense Secretary James Mattis “get along like gin and vermouth”—at IJR.

My wife told me I wanted the job….well maybe she should have got the nod and left hubby to screw with the oil industry.
This is not the person we need as pilot of American foreign policy…..time for Trump to see the writing on the wall and replace this toad before his does some real damage….but then that may have been the plan all along.
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9 thoughts on “What The Hell Is Going On At State?

  1. Two sides to that, chuq. If Trump is reducing the need for a State Department then what more better person than Tillerson to lead a shell of a department anyway. But… I agree… the man likely knows how oil flows through a pipeline but I don’t see how that makes him a diplomat. Oh wait.. we now have a president without qualifications as well. In fact, the entire government is without qualification. Ugh.

    1. Ted Mack’s Amateur Hour….damn that was a good reference…LOL My dog could do a better job…..wait I already used her….my rutabaga plant could do a better job…chuq

      1. Yes, after I wrote that, I realized they would accommodate the US. I wonder how long that will continue during Trump’s WH. Trump is so adept at making sure the OFFICE is losing creditability.

        Putin is now taking advantage more than ever, what with reaching out to le Pen in France. I heard he has loaned her 10 million towards her campaign. Crimea, Ukrane and what is next on his list?

  2. I’m amazed that NATO decided to reschedule the meeting. That amazed me more than Tillerson telling them his schedule won’t allow him to make the meeting. What an insult! He has no business operating as a Secy of State.

      1. Yes, after I wrote that, I realized they would accommodate the US. I wonder how long that will continue during Trump’s WH. Trump is so adept at making sure the OFFICE is losing creditability.

        Putin is now taking advantage more than ever, what with reaching out to le Pen in France. I heard he has loaned her 10 million towards her campaign. Crimea, Ukrane and what is next on his list?

  3. ‘God’s not through with you’. What’s that about? is this idiot supposed to be doing the ‘Lord’s work’? I am getting really sick and tired of all this ‘God’ stuff, to be honest. Do any shit, then say ‘God told me to’, and it is supposed to be OK. Let’s not forget, that is just what ISIS say, when they cut off someone’s head.
    If these people want to be religious, and get some comfort from it, then that’s fine by me.
    Just leave the real world out of it.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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