AS a foreign policy wonk I have railing about the incompetency of our SecStaste, Rex Tillerson……this guy may have been a whiz kid at Exxon but as far as the State Department goes he has been a dud and is making a case every day as the worse SecState ever!
Recently at a Q & A he gave an answer that shows just how out of touch this bean brain is…….
The occasion took place Tuesday at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C., where he delivered a speech bubbling over with boilerplate, interesting only for his warnings of Russian aggression and his touting of America’s allies as our most vital strength—both sentiments at odds with those of his president, a sign of his scant influence within the administration.
The eyebrow-raisers came during the Q&A session, when he was asked to explain the sharp reductions in the State Department’s budget and the hollowing-out of its diplomatic corps. Tillerson replied that the cuts are “reflective of an expectation that we’re going to have success … in getting these conflicts [around the world] resolved” and, therefore, won’t need to have so many officials dealing with them.
This may rank as the silliest comment ever made by a Cabinet secretary.
Fearless Leader and Tillerson have done nothing but make a mockery of the State Department from the beginning…..
A number of stories bubbled up over the long holiday weekend, the juiciest being the news that Michael Flynn’s lawyers have informed the president’s lawyers that they can no longer participate in joint communications, which is taken to mean that Flynn is likely now cooperating with the special counsel in the Russia investigation. This is big news, if true. It could even be a watershed moment if, as suspected, Flynn will be required to offer up a bigger Trump-operation fish than himself. The names “Kushner” and “Trump Jr.” are the only ones that come to mind. Stay tuned for more excited speculation through the end of the year.
But the other big story that had social media humming over the four days was this alarming New York Times piece about the apparent dismantling of the Department of State under Rex Tillerson. This has been a recurring theme in the political press for a while, but it seems to have reached critical mass as more and more career diplomats are leaving or being squeezed out while the leadership is largely absent.
To be fair….the problems at State may not not be the fault of Fearless Leader….at least according to The American Conservative……
The bad news? President Donald Trump may be dismantling the State Department. The good news? No recent president has made much use of those diplomats anyway, so they are unlikely to be missed. And that’s really bad news.
Recent stories try hard to make the case that something new and dark has crept into Foggy Bottom. Writing for the December 2017 Foreign Service Journal, American Foreign Service Association President Barbara Stephenson sounds the alarm on behalf of the organization of American diplomats she heads: “The Foreign Service officer corps at State has lost 60% of its Career Ambassadors since January… The ranks of our two-star Minister Counselors have fallen from 431 right after Labor Day to 369 today.”
If true then this could be what is adding fuel to the replacement fire for Tillerson…..
The swap could come in the next several weeks, The New York Times reported, citing senior administration officials. Still, the Times added that it is not clear whether Trump has approved the plan, which was devised by chief of staff John Kelly.
Some administration officials had in the past suggested Tillerson could be replaced by U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley, but Pompeo has become the favorite to take the role due to his rapport with Trump, the Times reports.
The Associated Press also reported that the Pompeo swap is under consideration.
Under the plan, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) would replace Pompeo as CIA chief once Pompeo is moved to the State Department.
Cotton is expected to take the CIA job if offered, according to the Times. A spokeswoman for Cotton said his focus is on serving Arkansas in the Senate.
Tensions between Trump and Tillerson have been brewing for months.
Cotton to CIA? Now here would be a disaster waiting to happen. Cotton is a staunch neocon warmongering douche that would be a horrible pick for the agency….but on the upside at least this pea brain would be out of the Senate.
But what can we expect from a Fearless Leader that has NO experience with foreign affairs other than putting his name on buildings and such?
Plus this could be the best formula if a war with Iran is what Fearless Leader really desires…..especially when an ass kisser is head of the CIA.
Looks like I will not have Tillerson to kick around anymore…….but on the bright side…..I will have a brown nose douche at CIA……he is a feckless fool…….perfect for the Trump administration.