Globalist-Minded Media Fraught Over “Deliberate” and “Well Prepared” Acumen of Secretary T-Rex…

We are so fortunate Rex Tillerson was willing to take on the role of Secretary of State.  T-Rex’s approach is giving the pearl-clutching leftists fits, as outlined in this article by ABC which displays their collective angst.

tillerson-and-trump(Via ABC) [..]  In his first weeks as America’s top diplomat, Tillerson has gone to great lengths to avoid attracting attention, despite a growing perception in Washington that the State Department is being sidelined by a power-centric White House.

Some State Department officials have been told by the White House to expect drastic budget cuts, with much of the reduction potentially coming out of U.S. foreign aid money. Trump and his team have also told those interviewing for top State Department jobs that significant staffing cuts will come. Some appear to have started already.

While Tillerson was in Germany, several senior management and advisory positions were eliminated. The staffers were reassigned. Some other top posts are vacant, and there are no signs they’ll be quickly filled.

While Tillerson has met or spoken with dozens of foreign counterparts in his first weeks, the White House is driving the front-page diplomacy. The lack of State Department involvement has flustered many long-time diplomats.

rex-tillerson-6[…]  It’s a sharp contrast with the Obama administration’s last secretary of state, John Kerry, who routinely found his way to the center of global crises, enthusiastically fulfilling the “public diplomacy” part of the job. Whereas Kerry exhausted staff with impromptu, whirlwind foreign trips and constant press appearances, Tillerson has made it known to his staff that he wants a lower profile.

In private, the Texas oilman with the booming baritone voice is deliberate, independent and cool-headed, according to U.S. and foreign diplomats who have interacted with him and spoke on condition of anonymity in order to avoid possible diplomatic fallout from discussing private conversations. A common thread in Tillerson’s meetings with diplomats has been an emphasis on safety of U.S. personnel, State Department officials said.

It’s a continuation of a theme Tillerson touched on when he spoke to staffers on his first day, and one he plans to echo this coming week on a trip to Mexico City with Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly. Tillerson will stop at the U.S. Embassy to meet with American diplomats, officials said.

Diplomats from several foreign countries said Tillerson is playing it safe in high-level meetings so far, avoiding extemporaneous comments. He shows up seeming well-prepared and confident on the substance of issues, rarely consulting his aides or written notes, they reported.

In Germany last week, Tillerson urged China to help address North Korea’s nuclear threat. He called on Russia to honor a 2015 peace plan for Ukraine.

While those signs of continuity in U.S. policy may have assuaged some foreign leaders’ concerns about Trump, Tillerson’s tight-lipped nature unsettled others.

After meeting Tillerson, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault lamented the “vague” U.S. position on issues such as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Tillerson told several of his international partners the U.S. is still in “listening mode,” leaving some with the perception that Trump may craft U.S. foreign policy on the fly.

In a rare interaction with reporters, Tillerson said before leaving Germany he was bringing home “many” messages for Trump. Asked to share a few, he demurred.

“Not until I share it with him,” he said.  (link)


Everything T-Rex has done so far is absolutely pitch perfect; this guy is buckets of pure American awesome.  Deliberate, focused, steadfast and intensely well-grounded, Tillerson is a walking example of just the right person at just the right time.

Out of all the Trump cabinet appointments that will be recorded in history, Secretary T-Rex will be at the very top of the list.

And to remind everyone, Rex Tillerson was the cabinet nominee that Mark Levin said was the worst possible selection in history.  HERE and HERE – Think about that level of disconnected idiocy the next time anyone gives you an opinion from Old Yeller.

The globalist-liberals are having fits over the impenetrable approach being taken by Secretary Tillerson.   T-Rex is in the center of the global elitist power structure, The Department of State.

The U.S. State Department is the epicenter of all globalist ideological enterprise, and T-Rex is thoughtfully, unemotionally, deconstructing the entire DoS system – worst parts first, while they watch.

One of the greatest attributes of legendary leaders is their mastery of the silent power that exists in the space between words.   When you witness those who exhibit this skill-set you know immediately you are seeing a person of consequence, yet you can’t quite put your finger on why.

We are very fortunate to be living in such consequential times.



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408 Responses to Globalist-Minded Media Fraught Over “Deliberate” and “Well Prepared” Acumen of Secretary T-Rex…

  1. Newman says:

    I was so thankful when T-Rex made it through the nomination process….I really thought the deep state and McCain would derail him.

    Liked by 16 people

  2. That last sentence about the press asking if he would ‘share’ some intel with them. The gall of it all! I’ve heard of trying to get a good story, but that level of disregard for decorum and office…! The media has become so entitled and spoilt, I don’t even know what to say. 😐

    Liked by 29 people

  3. R-C says:

    There is a reason Levin remains on the sidelines of governance, looking in. He is the loosest of the loose-cannons; an unhinged flack with a personal agenda attached to his pronouncements on public policy.

    Levin hitched his wagon to globalism, and picked Rafael Cruz as his horse. He never recovered from that defeat, and likely won’t for the remainder of his time on the fringes of public notoriety. Simply put, Levin is a pariah.

    Meanwhile, Jeff Sessions, the man Levin describes as his “good buddy” from back in the Reagan days, is now Attorney General. With good reason. I’ll bet they’re not ‘good buddies’ now…

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  4. feralcatsblog says:

    Howling Mad Mark Levin, who oozes hate from every pore, has more screws loose than Imelda Marcos had shoes. He thinks he is Capt. Ahab and Trump is Moby Dick. He is quite mad.

    Liked by 28 people

  5. three things come to mind after reading:

    “…Tillerson’s tight-lipped nature unsettled others.”
    men of strength are not afraid of silence. Lesser, undisciplined men feel the need to fill in the gaps of silence. Thus, talking too much sometimes outs their motives 🙂

    “…Tillerson told several of his international partners the U.S. is still in “listening mode,” leaving some with the perception that Trump may craft U.S. foreign policy on the fly.” Why must “listening mode” equate to “foreign policy on the fly.” more fake news there.

    “…[Tillerson] is buckets of pure American awesome. ” LOVE.

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    • 4bleu says:

      Also this:
      *Whereas Kerry exhausted staff with impromptu, whirlwind foreign trips and constant press appearances*

      This is the truth! – Democrat – Leftists when put in charge absolutely exhaust staff. They run late hours, make people work on weekends, never tell staff anything so they can’t plan, rush from one big public show to another, traveling everywhere, demand all sorts of personally-beneficial conditions, micromanage the stupid things and screw up the important issues that then need damage control – past midnight cramming to fix. They are horrible managers who create office misery and toxic feuding cliques.

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      • goldengopher says:



      • wondering999 says:

        I don’t know if the people who have fit this description are Leftists — I never discussed politics with them — but what a great description of awful, terrible, horrible management that no poor soul should ever be subjected to. FIRE any “boss” who meets that description 🙂

        And what a pleasure it is to work with decent people who manage well. I don’t enjoy administration jobs — but I know who I like to work for, and on the other hand, those who I don’t want any part of

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        • 4bleu says:

          The Left style of mis-management is why so many programs don’t work. Without any pratical background of actual management, combined with selfish ego, they simply exhaust staff. This hurts the staff with families the worst – single or couples don;t have other responsibilities so they hang around. There are a lot of good, earnest hard-working staffers, but they end up practically shattered.

          In contrast, the US businessmen style especially of the caliber of Sec Stat Tillerman, is a very rare event for these types, and they take a while to get used to it. A number of staff will hate it – as they thrived in manipulative, mean and chaotic office conditions – but there is a solid core of good people who will really really really love it.

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      • Ficklefinger says:

        Leftists like Kerry are determined to rule the world but they are incompetent at even running their own departments. What would the “management of the world” even look like with morons like this in charge?

        One clue would be when the Obama posse once rented 4,000 hotel rooms for one night in Brisbane, Australia. Think…such world rulers would operate like over-dressed, over-eating and over-sexed gang-bangers with unlimited funds. They would be the world’s most powerful human trash ordering the rest of us around.

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      • Benson II says:

        Don’t disagree but when you look at who the staff is you can’t help but say they deserve whatever their mediocre leftist leader puts them through. The best revenge from some of the helpers is excessive spending, sex orgies and drinking binges. All of these excesses never reported by the press. Isn’t there still 6 million dollars unaccounted for from the Shrillery days as S.O.S.

        Poor Jeff Sessions is going to have his hands full and then some.


    • georgiafl says:

      FAKE NEWS => False News =>False Narratives and Assertions inserted into all the Media’s story lines and even their questions.

      Megyn Kelly loaded false assertions into every question for Donald Trump from the first debate to the last.

      We don’t have news….we have propaganda, bias and lies posing as news.

      Evidently this has always been the case – since Mr. Trump quoted Thomas Jefferson as complaining about media lies.

      Liked by 12 people

    • what also stood out for me is ” Tillerson is a walking example of just the right person at just the right time…so is President Trump; I can think of no one who took the slings and arrows the President took without caving in.

      God has indeed raised up these men …at the right time. So many people were praying and God answered!

      Liked by 6 people

  6. toriangirl says:

    Not surprised he is amazing. T-Rex was born and raised in Texas. 🙂

    Liked by 24 people

  7. Martin says:

    One of the greatest attributes of legendary leaders is their mastery of the silent power that exists in the space between words. When you witness those who exhibit this skill-set you know immediately you are seeing a person of consequence, yet you can’t quite put your finger on why.

    A paragraph that should be inspirational to all who communicate for a living. Well said, SD.

    Liked by 29 people

  8. dustahl says:

    I think that Rex is going to be my favorite of the Trump selections, but it is very early.
    Drain that swamp

    Liked by 7 people

  9. TheTorch says:

    As for Old Yeller (well what a picture that puts in your mind!)

    These Never Trump fools, if they had their way would of given us an inferior candidate, who would of lost to Crooked Hillary in a landslide and likely the Senate would of been lost too.

    I know as Christians we should forgive, but I don’t know how it is possible to forgive these nut jobs. America was on the verge of being lost, perhaps forever. I really do believe it was that serious. Another 4-8 years of horrific left wing policies, every growing bureaucracy, no coal industry would be left, job losses galore, anemic growth, loss of the Supreme Court, the list is endless…

    And not just America, what about the rest of the world, they require leadership, they are in a perilous state of affairs, following the globalist agenda, hook line and sinker. The possibility of WW III with this constant antagonism towards Russia, and other countries. Simply horrifying to contemplate where we could of been heading right now. The world needs leadership.

    They can’t be forgiven, they won’t even repent! The Democrats and MSM, you understand, they will always be useful idiots by the globalists to enact their crazy agenda. BUT so called Conservatives, trying to destroy the best candidate their party has had in living memory, because he is not pure enough! Absolutely unbelievable what these Never Trumpers were doing. GOD will decide their fate, I will stay out of it.

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  10. Howie says:

    President Trump cares about us. For the first time.Trump r Us.

    Liked by 15 people

  11. Marygrace Powers says:

    As Trump Makes Foreign Moves, Tillerson Avoids The Spotlight/
    AP 19 Feb 2017

    WASHINGTON (AP) — “When North Korea fired a ballistic missile into waters between South Korea and Japan, President Donald Trump moved quickly to show U.S. resolve. He appeared within hours alongside visiting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and said the U.S. “stands behind Japan, its great ally, 100 percent.”

    Trump happened to be hosting Abe that day in Florida. Yet his lack of any mention of U.S. treaty ally South Korea didn’t go unnoticed by new Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. So, while on his first official trip, Tillerson arranged a three-way meeting in Germany with the Japanese and South Korean foreign ministers to show the U.S. wasn’t picking favorites, according to a senior State Department official.

    The talks culminated in a joint declaration in which the U.S. pledged to defend a pair of Asian nations that don’t always get along. There was no elaborate ceremony before the video cameras, no speeches, as their written statement went out in low-key fashion.

    It was Tillerson’s way.”

    Liked by 17 people

  12. Helz says:

    If the outsiders come in and make a huge difference, which I fully expect to happen, they will change the paradigm in American politics for a long time to come.

    Liked by 12 people

    • janc1955 says:

      Hopefully forever. Can’t imagine ever going back to the days of do-nothing talkers and career politicians once we’ve been reminded of what it feels like to be winners again.

      Liked by 4 people

  13. 4bleu says:

    Some years ago was sitting in the visa application waiting room at the US embassy in Lagos. It was a big room, about 300 Nigerians waiting. A door opened, and a Marine so huge the entire room gasped and cringed when he stepped out, then the embassy consular officer entered behind him and laughed, “He has that effect on everyone.”
    He then said, “Everyone please raise your hand to take the oath.” Most of the room raised their hands, and he went through a *repeat after me*… said ‘that’s it.”and went back inside.

    Had another three hours of captive sitting there wondering disbelievingly if visa, green cards and citizenship were being bulk-processed like that.

    So, a number of embassies – probably an easily identifiable list – spend huge amounts of resources, staff and time on massive processing of foreigners to entry in US. So much that lax procedures just to clear backlogs have become normal procedure.

    Liked by 10 people

    • missmarple2 says:

      During the “Arab spring” I ended up following the US Embassy in Cairo on Twitter.

      I have kept following them because it is mind-boggling how much they were doing to get Egyptians INTO the US. Now I am not objecting to Egyptian students who are properly qualified, but it was ridiculous all of the things they were doing to increase Egyptian immigration. Tweet after tweet about exchange programs, internships, how to apply for visas, how to qualify for US aid to travel, on and on and on.

      If you ask me, people should not be getting all of this help to get into the country.

      And I will bet they had the same bulk processing that you are talking about.

      Liked by 10 people

      • wolfmoon1776 says:

        Interesting. I’m wondering if they were trying to bring in “good guys” or “bad guys”. Remember that Obama was cheering on the MB at that point.

        Liked by 9 people

        • missmarple2 says:

          Exactly. I had a bad feeling about that early on as I had distinct memories of the overthrow of the Shah and the situation seemed exactly the same to me, only subdtituting the Muslim Brotherhood for the Shiite mullahs in Tehran.

          I even got into an argument with Stephen Hayes of the Weekly Standard, because he was all about “oh they are students and this is a democracy movement” from the comfort of his Georgetown offices, citing “reputable media sources” when the only media there at that time was CNN. BAH!

          They really did ramp up their efforts after Morsi was installed. I was very glad Sisi took over, as he seems to have some sense.

          Liked by 10 people

      • 4bleu says:

        yes! indeed!
        If the immigration fire hose was reduced to a garden hose, a lot of embassy staffing could be scaled back. Americans have not been told what is going on.

        Also, at embassies overseas, a huge amount of all this is being processed by local hire foreigners, who are making the first decisions to bump applications up to the next level,
        so in places like Egypt or Nigeria, the local hire embassy staffs are very busy promoting their own tribal/religious groups while rejecting the applications of groups they don’t like or have historical animosities that go back a thousand years.

        Local hires make sense in that they are cheaper, have the necessary local languages, but naive embassy staff who are moved every two years post to post don’t ‘get’ that local hires can have local agendas and family pressures to deal with.

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      • I don’t know missmarple2, I am beginning to get a little tired of all the foreign students we have here in the US.

        I think we need to take a break.

        Every time I went to one of my son’s college graduation for their engineering degrees there were a huge group of foreign students cheering their male buddies on.

        Many, many male muslem looking students getting their engineering degrees at our universities.

        That was several years ago. I don’t now is it is worse or better now.

        Liked by 3 people

      • tellthetruth2016 says:

        And yet, alot of the push back from Universities about Immigration is the big $$$ they get from foreign countries to take students….. just look at the $$$ they lose if we cut out visas and foreign students… Then we have Government $$ $ going to students who are here illegally and American students who can’t even even get in to college …. We have “dreamers” also yet most of us can’t afford to send our kids to college now unless we they get in on a scholarship. … It’s a shame when you see these kids out protesting and most are there free and could care less about a career. …

        Liked by 5 people

        • mcclainra says:

          Another problem not addressed is the number of TAs (teaching assistants) who are teaching classes to undergrads, particularly, in big universities, who can barely speak English. You think the students are learning? All part of the plan.

          Liked by 1 person

      • georgiafl says:

        No doubt in my mind – the O administration was bringing in (insert expletives) Muslim Brotherhood operatives.

        Liked by 1 person

    • quintrillion says:

      Interesting experience to recall. I’m expecting extreme vetting for all entry into the USA will give the embassies something more important to do than is custom.

      There has been so much identity theft and forged documents sold it leaves one to speculate how many people are not who they say they are and how can you know.

      After all we had a resident for 8 years and still don’t know who the h3!! it is.

      Liked by 9 people

  14. Howie says:

    In Florida we have help for the deranged.

    Florida Mental Health Act
    The Florida Mental Health Act of 1971 (Florida Statute 394.451-394.47891 (2009 rev.)), commonly known as the “Baker Act,” allows the involuntary institutionalization and examination of an individual. The Baker Act allows for involuntary examination (what some call emergency or involuntary commitment).

    Liked by 4 people

    • TheFightingMan says:

      Only if the subject poses an immediate danger to self or others. Just for clarity.

      Liked by 2 people

      • tellthetruth2016 says:

        Then they are held for only 72 hours….. We did that with my brother and begged them to keep him longer, But unless you have $$$ or insurance , they won’t keep them…. He overdosed a year later….


  15. Arjun says:

    Listen to aT-Rex speech, and you know who he is. Great man, great mind.

    You listen to Levin for 5 minutes, and you know who he is. Intellectual, but an idiot.

    Liked by 7 people

  16. wolfmoon1776 says:

    Staying above the weeds, here is my take:

    (1) Hillary Clinton has embeds all over the media, and is still able to pull strings. She actually got a book banned by a Flynn-take-out-like maneuver after Benghazi, and she is able to get the media rooting for violence now.

    (2) Hillary has embeds all over the State Department, and is still able to pull strings. As they are being fired and marginalized from day zero, panic is spreading throughout the Shadow Government at State, and their Globalist handlers.

    (3) Massive flares for help are going up from the Shadow Government, both directly to the media and via Podesta and Clintonworld.

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  17. WeThePeople2016 says:

    Tillerson is a man of faith. From SD’s article, it sounds like Tillerson is applying Psalm 46 in his role, especially the practice of “Be still, and know that I am God.”

    1God is our refuge and strength,

    an ever-present help in trouble.

    2Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way

    and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,

    3though its waters roar and foam

    and the mountains quake with their surging.

    4There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,

    the holy place where the Most High dwells.

    5God is within her, she will not fall;

    God will help her at break of day.

    6Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;

    he lifts his voice, the earth melts.

    7The Lord Almighty is with us;

    the God of Jacob is our fortress.

    8Come and see what the Lord has done,

    the desolations he has brought on the earth.

    9He makes wars cease

    to the ends of the earth.

    He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;

    he burns the shieldsd with fire.

    10He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;

    I will be exalted among the nations,

    I will be exalted in the earth.”

    11The Lord Almighty is with us;

    the God of Jacob is our fortress.

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  18. no-nonsense-nancy says:

    I’m so excited about T-Rex I’m almost exploding. He is going to be the very best!

    Liked by 8 people

  19. Trump's Aussie Mates says:

    For the past 18hours or so, all I’ve been hearing via downunder domestic media about US politics are 2 things: (a) Senator McCain lamenting lost press freedom and implying that PDJT is well on the way to becoming a dictator; and, (b) speculation as to what act of terrorism PDJT was referring to when he mentioned Sweden at the Melbourne FL rally (some were wondering if he got the country wrong).

    There was NO mention of the most excellent Gene Huber nor of Tucker Carlson’s interview with Ami Horowitz.

    And, on the matter of McCain, do US Senators take any notice of their constituents? Surely there are sufficient Arizonians suitably emboldened to write to his office and perhaps even call in there to communicate their displeasure at his anti-American bile being spewed out for the world to see. So embarrassing!

    What a stark contrast to the behaviour of your #1 diplomat and most excellent SoS T-Rex. A man the civilised world will respect and appreciate.

    Thank you Sundance for CTH. My spirit is enlivened once again. Cheers mate.

    Liked by 17 people

    • Owlen Rose says:

      “(b) speculation as to what act of terrorism PDJT was referring to when he mentioned Sweden at the Melbourne FL rally (some were wondering if he got the country wrong).”

      That was another calculated move by President Trump. He does this often. He was wrong about it, but guess what everyone’s talking about? The rape culture among migrants in Sweden. He forces the media to fact check, and what he really wants is unearthed. Another 3D chess move by the master.

      Liked by 7 people

      • Trump's Aussie Mates says:

        Except that our domestic press is not investigating rape culture and are simply reporting that the Swedish embassy has no knowledge of any terrorist attack and that PDJT got it wrong (again) and is a doofus. Unfortunately, the more they say it the more it sticks with some of the viewers.

        I know that we true believers aren’t buying into the Fake News Media lies but what about the great unwashed out there who just watch the commercial MSM nightly news…? Oh Lord, please ensure everyone reads CTH, daily.

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      • SharonKinDC says:

        Actually, the LYING MSM said Trump said a terrorist incident… He didn’t. In fact, he spoke about Sweden letting all those people in and then bad things happened. Grab the transcript and see for yourself. This is a common MSM tactic where they add/edit a Trump quote, then pounce on it for ‘inaccuracy’ or ‘extremist’ position. They’ve done the same w/ the fake news is the enemy of the people tweet. It’s now, the PRESS is the ENEMY.

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        • Jeffrey Leyerle says:

          “You look at what’s happening,” Trump said. “We’ve got to keep our country safe. You look at what’s happening in Germany, you look at what’s happening last night in Sweden,” the president said. “They took in large numbers, they’re having problems like they never thought possible,” he said.

          Liked by 3 people

      • mikeyboo says:

        Trump was talking about the crime wave that has hit Sweden since their government inaugurated their hideous refugee” policy-and President Trump wasn’t wrong at all. In fact he was exactly on point. The media chose to take his remark as a reference to a particular terrorist event. The error was the media’s error. The President was entirely correct.

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    • A.D. Everard says:

      I’m an Aussie and I gave up on the MSM a long time ago, and I mean completely. TV, radio, newspapers all OUT. Funnily enough my blood pressure went down. 🙂

      Liked by 12 people

      • JohnPaulJohnes says:

        I the don’t have the patience or attention span to watch full news.

        I prefer to read selected information or watch short clips.

        Liked by 3 people

      • Trump's Aussie Mates says:

        If elections were determined by those like you who did not engage with the MSM then I would be happy.

        Liked by 4 people

        • A.D. Everard says:

          Thank you. It seriously clears the brain to get away from the propaganda. Sites like this one get the truth out, laying out all the facts so one can research further and make up their own mind. If it wasn’t for sites like this, I don’t know that people would be breaking out of their collective cage in the numbers they are now. It’s a joy to see. I am so pleased to be witnessing what’s happening now. 🙂

          Liked by 3 people

          • Larry says:

            Ah, but you miss out on savoring their delicious tears. Watching Maddow and her ilk melt down is magnificent.

            Liked by 1 person

            • A.D. Everard says:

              Larry, you make a very good and true point and that’s one of the reasons I so enjoy coming here to the Treehouse. The comments (as well as the articles) are very informative. I do indeed savor every tale of the meltdown and when details are given it’s even better. I do indulge in the occasional clip shown here if I know I’m in for a treat. 🙂


    • tellthetruth2016 says:

      McCain needs to be charged with Treason against his own country …… This man has completely lost his mind and needs to be arrested and put in a mental hospital before he totally explodes ….He is just dangerous …

      Liked by 3 people

      • David Epstein says:

        If McCain were charged with treason he would plead insanity. I think his biggest problem is that he has finally learned that he is totally irrelevant in today’s world.

        Liked by 2 people

  20. Shadrach says:

    Did anyone watch Tillerson’s speech to the Department of State?

    I’ve been watching as many of these (intro speeches) as I can, helps get a sense of how PDJT’s cabinet picks will lead. Tillerson’s a guy I’d love to have as my boss 🙂

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  21. SPMI says:

    Nothing short of A W E S O M E!!!

    Liked by 5 people

  22. Howie says:

    Central Hive in Kalifornia is under threat.

    Liked by 5 people

    • quintrillion says:

      Too much of a good thing when the rains came.

      Liked by 1 person

      • tampa2 says:

        Interestingly, Quint, the day before the Oroville near-disaster, I had watched a documentary on NatGeo that “scientists and experts” purported that Kalifornication would never recover from the Climate Change debacle that had rendered the state a perpetual dust bowl, never to recover. I wonder if these same “scientists and experts” conducted the polls showing Hillary had a 95% chance of winning the election?


  23. Archie says:

    I work for the feds but still I am flabbergasted when bureaucrats working in failed agencies get offended when they aren’t consulted enough. They just don’t seem to comprehend that successful people don’t want the advice of failures.

    Liked by 10 people

    • Reality Wins says:

      Excellent! But Archie, shouldn’t you have said: Successful people don’t want the advice of Jugheads?


    • Ono says:

      Government agencies (Fed, State, County, and city) are typically slack. They could care less about the people waiting in line for their services, the quality of their work, or saving money for the people who pay (taxpayers) their salary. That they have unions is absurd.

      In Ca (my home state) we have Caltrans which does the freeway and highway maintenance. They are out their in plain view for one and all to see. One guy with a shovel, ten guys watching him. All chiefs, no injuns.

      This link shows what private business does when government gets out of the way

      Liked by 1 person

      • tampa2 says:

        Ono, I stood in line at a Florida DMV office when an elderly gentleman in overalls handed his application to the clerk. We were all astounded when the clerk, indignantly, said “What, are you illiterate? You haven’t filled out the application”. The man calmly answered that yes, he was, indeed illiterate. We were all shocked until the clerk turned to one of her associates and shouted “This one’s illiterate… How do you spell illiterate”. We all cheered and laughed our asses off! She didn’t get it, of course.

        Liked by 1 person

      • Wavetheshales says:

        As far as CA goes (also my home state, but I’m long gone from there),
        Q: What’s fluorescent Orange, and sleeps six?
        A: A CalTrans truck…..

        Liked by 1 person

  24. Dogstar_K9 says:

    Remember this, most of upper echelon is out of the country (or was) when much of this was going on. Pence meeting with EU, Tillerson and Mattis also in Europe and Korea and Japan.


  25. Trumppin says:

    we’ve all heard the “loose lips sink ships” but have you heard about “Tight Lips Sink Ships” ?
    Here is just some of the story about the “USS Washington” of World War Il. ~ This reminds me of President Trump and T-Rex “listening mode” “ping” and how even sundance’s use of a lion to represent POTUS.. * Note: do go and read the rest of this as it describes a great battle they won because they were silent and unknown.

    “It fought every day of the war, escorting convoys in the Atlantic, then in the most furious battles in the Pacific, yet wartime secrecy kept most Americans from knowing much about it or its pivotal role in a famous battle that put the nation on the road to victory.”

    “It earned 13 battle stars in such places as Guadalcanal and Iwo Jima, steamed 289,000 miles, fought off 53 air attacks and sank more combat tonnage than any other U.S. ship.

    And it did it without taking a hit or losing a man to the enemy.”

    “The Washington was unscathed. Days later, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer’s front page bannered the news of the classic battleship duel. It was a big win for a nation still reeling from Pearl Harbor, but the Washington went unidentified because of wartime secrecy.”

    “Admiring the state’s wild mountains, they chose a cougar as their symbol”

    “A ship would have to be found worthy of adoption by the master of the Northwest — the cougar,” explained a fading 1942 issue of the ship’s newsletter. “It would have to be a ship with power, strength, speed and courage … never to yield to an enemy; never to take ‘no’ for an answer.”

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    • gettherejustassoon says:

      Fascinating and a powerful narrative of what that generation did to keep and preserve our way of life, as well as those other countries assailed by the Axis Powers, God bless “the boys,” most of whom are now in eternal rest.

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      • Trumppin says:

        when reading it , i was reminded how President Trump said many times he’s studied Generals etc. I can’t help but think this story was read by him and he’s taken away it’s message and implemented it in his life using it as his own “i won’t tell you what i am going to do , i like surprising you, surprising our enemies ” (paraphrased obviously)

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        • gettherejustassoon says:

          Oh, yes. Wasn’t it during a debate that Donald Trump made reference to BHO and said why would he broadcast to the enemy what he was going to do? Keeps everybody on their toes!

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    • lizzieintexas says:

      You might enjoy this book

      The Admirals: Nimitz, Halsey, Leahy, and King – The Five-Star Admirals Who Won the War at Sea

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  26. teajr says:

    “Old Yeller” LOL.. I think the name was Sprite – I got so sick of hearing about that damn dog.

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  27. It seemed to me from the beginning that Tillerson had the breath and depth of experience to be an exceptional Sec of State. Also, as a CEO of a multi-national corporation rather than a politician, he has much practice at keeping his mouth shut. CEO’s don’t go around bragging about themselves and bringing attention to themselves; they focus on the success of the corporation…keep their mouths shut and do the job.

    I feel rather safe with him in this position. What I like about Trump’s appointees, is that they are older, mature individuals with tons of experience. There is a great deal to be said about maturity.

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  28. yakmaster2 says:

    “…drastic budget cuts, with much of the reduction potentially coming out of U.S. foreign aid money.”

    Big buckets of foreign aid money. Follow the money as a tool of foreign influence exerted by our State Department, irregardless of who has been President. 💰

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  29. alliwantissometruth says:

    Hey look, an American is running the State Dept

    Uh oh, I just thought of something, I’ll bet James Taylor won’t be singing anymore songs & making everything better

    Liked by 5 people

  30. sagatel says:

    Very handsome, aristocratic and smart unlike Kerry the Lizard. I hope he can also find those missing six billion dollars during Hillary’s rein.

    Liked by 7 people

    • Benson II says:

      Was it six billion? I wrote 6 million in one of my comments. I should have checked first. There is still some controversy about how much actually was lost but whether six billion is totally correct or not it’s a glaring show of incompetence from the Hillary State dept. Maybe Tillerson can find out exactly how much and where it went.


  31. napoleon32 says:

    So the State Department wonks are concerned that Trump and Tillerson are going to toss them out and actually implement a real foreign policy. I guess they think we should be happy with their great record of appeasing Islamofacists, enabling Tehran, bungling relations with Russia and China, allowing North Korea to acquire nukes, kissing up to the PLO at Israel’s expense, botching Libya, nearly allowing Egypt to turn into another Iran, and getting hosed in trade deals across the globe. Sorry, not anywhere near good enough.

    And I think POTUS and SOS are wise to have a “wait and see” approach to many things. Flexibility is always preferable when possible. The meeting with Bibi showed that well. Trump floated that the US is not beholden to the two-state solution if the PLO refuses to play ball. Just a small, flexible statement, but it put Abbas on notice that the days of the US not backing Israel are over.

    I’ll be interested to see how this administration’s foreign policy unfolds. Somehow, I doubt President Trump would allow an opportunity like the Iranian Green Movement to fall by the wayside.

    P.S.: Screw you, Carter. Your failure to defend the Shah (for all his faults) caused this whole mess.

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    • missmarple2 says:

      Amen and amen about Carter! I was in my 30’s then and had known people from the pre-Revolutionary Iran. I was sick about it, saw it as a complete failure, and Carter CAUSED it by getting on his sanctimonious high horse and FORCING the Shah to let that nut case Khomenii back onto the country.

      And to make it even worse, when the Shah had cancer Carter wouldn’t even let him come to the US for treatment.

      I will never get over that. Now Carter poses as this great humanitarian, when he really is a petty and cruel person.


      Carter made me a Republican, because when Reagan was nominated I decided to give him a shot as no one could be worse! (I was raising children then and didn’t have a lot of political knowledge. But I sure did know that Carter was a disaster.)

      This is what so many Americans don’t realize. You may not care about foreign policy, but a bad decision can last for generations. Look at what a mess the world has been in since 1979!!!

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      • napoleon32 says:

        The whole saga of the Shah’s life after his deposition is stupefying. Kissinger had to threaten Carter that he would cajole Senate Republicans oppose the SALT II treaty before Carter would allow him in, and it’s even disputed that he ever got any medical care at all. If course, that didn’t stop Carter from blaming the Shah’s temporary presence for the seizure of the American embassy. It wasn’t his own negligence, noooooo. And of course the crazies didn’t depart the embassy after he kicked the Shah out. They knew he was too weak to do anything about it. Carter’s treatment of the Shah was nothing short of disgraceful. The Shah was not perfect by any stretch, but he deserved better than what he got from Jimmeh.

        Carter had a chance to crush radical Islam before it sprouted. Crushing Khomeini’s revolution would have made political radicalization a losing proposal from the start. Instead Carter emboldened it by wimping out.

        Of course, Reagan showed himself to be a much better man by extending asylum to the Shah’s widow after Sadat, their protector in exile, was murdered (Khomeini wanted her and her husband extradited to do God knows what to them).

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        • Benson II says:

          Dictators are all Muslims understand and if they’re dictators who don’t want to attack their neighbors or infiltrate western countries to overthrow them we’re better off to leave them alone. The proof of this being the case was shown clearly by the Obama/Clinton approach in the middle east.


      • Excellent thoughts missmarple2….I had forgotten that it was Carter’s actions that created the Iran of today.
        If he had supported the Shah the country may or may not have changed upon his death but Carter guaranteed that it would turn out the way that it did because of his policies.

        Thank you for bringing that memory back to me.

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      • Coldeadhands says:

        “You may not care about foreign policy, but a bad decision can last for generations”
        Sooo many sickeningly bad decisions made over the life of our beloved country. Most often by politicians with less than honorable intentions.
        The difference now is that we have a growing “enlightened electorate” that won’t settle for the same old misdirection. And most importantly, at this critical time, we have a brilliant straight forward leader who jumped into the breach when anyone else would have been inadequate. Thank the Lord!

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  32. Lou Sander says:

    Let us not forget that TRex follows not only Kerry, but also Hellary KKKlinton. He could be an anteater and still put their performances to shame.

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  33. Excellent article by Sundance. Especially love the “Old Yeller” nickname for Mark Leviatan:

    “Think about that level of disconnected idiocy the next time anyone gives you an opinion from Old Yeller.

    I used to call him the old crow, but old yeller is IT! PERFECT!

    The rest of the article is just fantastic. I can see why those in the media and alternative press come to CTH to read Sundance’s well written articles and draw inspiration and ideas — even from those that grace the comment section as well, myself included 🙂 Good writing that flows and not only has truth in it, but balanced with a healthy dose of optimism and creativity focused on being honest getting the facts straight. THAT is what people want to read. It is so funny to observe that whilst the “writers” of the NY Times, Washed Out Post and others have lost all creative flow and are left with absolutely ZERO creativity and talent, the Spirit and gift of writing talent is right here on CTH, specifically Sundance.

    Eat your heart out fake journalists at NYT, Washed-Out Post, Huffington Post, et all; and kudos to those independent reporters on youtube that are putting to shame the reporting of the likes of ABC, NBC, CNN, MSNBC and most of FOX…et al. Gifts of creativity and talent are bestowed by God Almighty so no amount of FAKING will ever replace nor fool anyone. The human spirit craves truth and recoils from LIES. Running on EMPTY. Only a matter of time y’all are all left holding nothing but your dried up wee wee.



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    • oops! correction: Leviathan (not leviatan)


    • Just want to add that 2017 is the YEAR OF THE WRITER. Last year and the year before is when it started but this is the year of the writer. It’s all over the internet and anywhere the written word is being sent forth! This, because the media has gone full throttle into propaganda. The writers are taking up the slack and compensating for all that is missing in what the “news media” used to do — or at least partially used to do. Now they are nothing but tabloid gossip shows with shocking soundbites with catty panels that sound more like group therapy sessions for the paranoid and a rich source of candidates for exorcisms by deliverance ministries.

      People love to read and people love to write. Some love both. And it is flowing out of the hearts and minds of America right now. Meanwhile, those driven by hate and lies have run out of gas and running on fumes. They write and they write but no one wants to read it. Why? Because it has NO SPIRIT, NO HEART, and NO SOUL! ah ha ha ha! The baton has been passed to the new, the upcoming and the independent whose tanks are OVERFLOWING!

      2017 is the year of THE WRITER, WRITING, so everybody smile and let ‘er rip! Lots of talent here on CTH as well. That’s all forms of writing, even poetry, even satire, any writing. That is OURS. Just not THEIRS! (those propagandists).


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  34. davikk says:

    Shutting Down Sites in the Name of Fake News Will Lead to One Thing: A Less Informed Population


  35. kallibella says:

    Let the firing of Leftist bureaucrats begin in ALL departments/agencies where President Trump has appointed his cabinet.
    Furthermore, let departments/agencies be reduced to only essential personnel.


  36. Watcher says:

    Swiftly liked to hear himself talk and act a fool.
    He was a flim-flam man, in a way.
    Hildabeast liked to sneak around and loot.
    She was a flim-flam woman and still is.


  37. TexasDude says:

    The State Department, per its misdion statement, is supposed to support the White House in foreign affairs, not drive them.

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  38. Coldeadhands says:

    Rex Tillerson’s welcome speech to the State Department is a good read at this juncture. Forgive the Real Clear Politics link but it is the full text.

    Two thoughts jump out at me from the speech. First, the close of the speech, a sentiment from his wife:
    “Renda said you didn’t know it, but you’ve been in a 41 year training program for this job.”
    Truer words have never been spoken. Next:
    ” When I wake up each morning, the very first thing I ask myself is: Are all of our people safe? The safety of every single member of our State Department family regardless of where he or she is posted, is not just a priority for me. It’s a core value. And it will become a core value of this department.”
    Do you realize that Rex Tillerson is saying emphatically that a Bengazi WILL NOT happen on his watch? God bless Rex Tillerson for that expression in his first hours in office.

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  39. ZC says:

    I luvvvv his ability to….. just mind his own business. A lost art is making a comeback.


    • Benson II says:

      Totally appropriate to his office. However we needed a president who does exactly the opposite and speaks out always and counters all attacks always.


  40. zaq123 says:

    Men like Pres Trump and Sec Tillerson, are where they are and were where they were, because they identify problems and solve them. Their solutions, because they were all about being efficient in time and money, are quick and decisive. These men don’t take no and they don’t accept excuses. They expect straightforward and direct solutions and advice. As long as you can articulate what you need, why you need it, and how it will solve the issue at hand, you’ll get it. Men like them, don’t have time to waste on BS.

    That is one of the many, many things lost on all these career government, clowns that now find themselves working for men that demand results. There will be no more meetings to schedule another meeting next week, after a conference call and a ‘reply all’ to an email that needs a response before the next meeting.

    As for the State Dept itself, it’s a dinosaur that needs to be drastically cut in size. Doesn’t mean that it has to lose its place at the table, it just has no need for 65,000 leeches, living off the taxpayer.

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  41. teaforall says:

    McCain has been very vocal against President Trump and his administration. He is poking the Lion, time to expose this liar.

    Liked by 1 person

  42. Doctor Fracas says:

    here is the thing….TRex is the man for cleaning out the 7th floor…he has a great start…as corrupt as the 7th floor sounds it should be easy between Trey Gowdy…Jason Chaffetz and Beauregard Sessions…If Trump fires the first one and take their federal pension you’ll see them freely leaving on their own accord…. The reason they screaming Nazi to trump is they know Trump has bought them off before …he admitted it and the establishment is crapping their pannies….they know Trump is gonna clean them out…Run Thugwheats big eared azz out of Washington D.C….Find a reason to run George Soros out of the country….and let Putin know when he leaves….Putin has a present for Georgio…. I am tickled they know who the elite pricks are….run the bureaucratic elite punks out of the State Dept….make Hillary Clinton cough the $6 billion that is missing from the State Dept….


  43. angryduc says:

    I propose we Amend the Constitution to recognize the inherent fact that Our Declaration of Independence is sacrosanct. Any Politician regardless of Party that cannot subscribe to the notions and ideas professed in total as set forth in our Declaration of Independence shall be removed for cause. This is the essence of being a free society.


  44. Risin'Tide says:

    Foreign policy is not being done on the fly. I believe the term “cagey” applies. Trump is crazy like a fox!


  45. jim says:

    “One of the greatest attributes of legendary leaders is their mastery of the silent power that exists in the space between words.”



  46. diddle40 says:

    His approach is the right one. Watch and wait to start with. That way you get to know whats really going on.


  47. Leslie Ingersoll says:

    T Rex is my absolute favorite!
    No plastic surgeries, botox, fillers etc. in his face, in order to keep his poker face straight, no vanity there. He is true and genuine, just like the others in the Trump administration. Remember that he is guided by the Boy Scout Vesper, what more do you really need to know? He is living proof that the men of faith and fortitude are not gone, but just quietly moving behind the scene. Something the corrupt politicians can’t counter, they wouldn’t know the truth if it hit them in the face. I’m so enthused that truth is finally back in style.

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  48. Laura Wesselmann says:

    Less talk more action is always good. Words are traps.


  49. Farmon says:

    Gotta love this Texan, self made success story.


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