A Very Deliberate and Structured Secretary Rex Tillerson Discusses Iran…

No event is happening in a vacuum.  It is critical to emphasize this basic point when evaluating the foreign policy of President Trump and his administration.  There is a very well planned multidimensional construct within the sequencing of individual events which shows a policy thread weaving throughout.

The challenging aspect for most of the current U.S. electorate, and specifically those who follow politics closely, is the Trump administration’s position to not publicly espouse targeted and strategic policy objectives.

This deliberate yet not publicly promoted approach is a paradigm shift for those who reference modern diplomatic politics through the prism of past doctrines and their public advancement.  The Trump foreign policy approach is a planned, deliberate, consequential, and intentionally quiet undertaking.

That LOOK !

The Trumpian approach is becoming increasingly easier to see. However, it is not the typical approach customary amid politicians who use momentary events to elevate the appearance of their self-importance.

Quite the contrary, with the Trump team each action and participant provides visible dots, but the administration intentionally does not connect those dots for the media or the consuming public – or trumpet their importance.

The Administrations’ focus is on the ultimate outcome each individual event brings to the aggregate conclusion. ie. ‘the goal’; and not on the individual elements as they are assembled.

The background of the ‘Freedom Alliance’ stands as a baseline for understanding Trump’s mid-east policy goals –Review Here- And far below the media radar this quiet coalition approach continues:  •Yesterday and today Defense Secretary James Mattis is in Saudi Arabia discussing U.S. regional policy intended toward the larger aspects of stability. •Yesterday the U.S. State Department released a JCPOA statement.  •Earlier today, Secretary Tillerson spoke at a U.S. Saudi Economic Summit (remarks here).

Secretary of State Tillerson then delivers very deliberate remarks specifically focused on Iran, its ongoing nuclear program, sanctions and the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).



Small people, small pundits and disconnected MSM opposition to Trump, bite at these individual moments to frame a narrative that Trump policy seems like more of the same type of interventionism. However, the reality is 180° divergent.

The larger objectives of each element is toward an outcome where the U.S. does NOT intervene, does not exhaust military action, but rather manages a process of stability through maximum diplomatic and economic leverage.

It is really quite remarkable, and more importantly it’s working:

♦ The number of NATO countries now fulfilling their defense spending obligations has increased from 3 to 5, with all nations agreeing to reach the compliant 2% GDP spending within 12 months.

♦ NATO and EU countries now emboldened to stand up to Russia.

♦ Russia has become more isolated and somehow, f**king incredibly, President Trump has cut the cord connecting Russia and China.

♦ China abstained, and did not veto, a U.N. Security Council resolution condemning Bashir Assad in Syria.  Russia became isolated in their veto position and only Bolivia would concur.

♦ U.N. and international leadership praise Trump administration position of taking a hardline on chemical weapons attacks in Syria.

♦ Russian Vladimir Putin refused to meet Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, then abruptly did an about face after the G-7 meeting with T-Rex – because Russia’s influence was being further reduced and Putin felt threatened by diminishment.

♦ President Trump announces he will not label China as a currency manipulator.  China has made no efforts to manipulate their currency since the Nov 8th, 2016, election.

♦ China turns back 12 North-Korean cargo ships laden with coal.

♦ China offsets N-Korean coal refusal with increased purchases of coking coal (steel-making) from the U.S.

♦ China halts direct air travel between Beijing and Pyongyang.

♦ China begins oil and fuel embargo of exports to North Korea.

♦ Stunningly, China announces their willingness to consider “Five Party Talks” about the denuclearization of North Korea without the government of Pyongyang at the table.  (China, Russia, U.S., Japan and South Korea)

None of these outcomes are delivered through the continuance of Bush/Obama/Clinton foreign policy of interventionism.  Each of these outcomes is occurring because of talks, leverage and alignment of economic influence on a larger scale than the individual interests of the countries involved.

[…] “I fully trust the capabilities of President Trump … he can succeed in so many fields that others cannot.  I trust him wholeheartedly.”…

~ Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi

Pretty darned remarkable.

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153 Responses to A Very Deliberate and Structured Secretary Rex Tillerson Discusses Iran…

  1. i'm just sayin'.. says:

    Yeah, but he has no strategy……/s

    Liked by 32 people

    • Jerzy2GA says:

      Strategy? We talkin’ strategy?? We not talkin about neo-cons or nukes , we talkin’ bout Strategy?

      Liked by 4 people

      • tellthetruth2016 says:

        I wish he had called out Lyin Ryan’s stupidity for releasing all that money to IRAN yet, still trying to push his “better way” agenda and TPP …….. Ryan is going to cost alot of GOP their seats in 2018 and they will have deserved it for going down the rabbit hole with him …. We Def. Need New and fresh Politicians who will get behind our Great President to make our Country great again and make America first instead of the cockroaches we have now …..

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      • cozette says:

        I’m fascinated that Trump began cultivating a relationship with Modi during the campaign and now they seem to be bffs although that relationship is under the radar still. India can help with the Pakistani part of the Nork, Pakistan, Iran, terrorist rat line as can China .


      • Jerzy – That was even better than Rodgers’ take!


    • SteveInCO says:

      What they are really saying is “he has no strategy that I can see.”

      Of course if you watch a chess grand master at play and you barely know how the pieces move, you won’t understand a thing he’s doing, either.

      Liked by 12 people

      • Nordic Breed says:

        This happens because people send their kids to be brainwashed in the public school system where students are never taught what I term “implication thinking”. This approach is, “If I do this, what is the likely outcome?” and must be paired with a clearly defined goal which implies the ability to accurately analyze all components of a situation. Failure to anticipate various possible outcomes and plan for them leaves people in a completely reactionary and defensive state. That is, losing and powerless.


  2. Pam says:

    This is an excellent speech. This man means business. No doubt about it.

    Liked by 25 people

  3. Weeper says:

    Someday they’ll all “get it” and we’ll MAGA together. Till then, earplugs and cat therapy. 😺

    Liked by 9 people

  4. FL_Guy says:

    Excellent analysis, Sundance. President Trump, a true Genius is creating genius solutions to the many problems created by small minds. He will not only Make America Safe Again, I believe he will Make the WORLD safer and more prosperous. .

    Liked by 12 people

    • filia.aurea says:

      The Art of the Deal – deal making is just another term for real diplomacy, the kind that includes geo-political street smarts and financial savvy – not the kind we’ve seen from past so-called professionals. Rex Tillerson wouldn’t have reached the Boardroom without being a real diplomat.

      Liked by 4 people

  5. missmarple2 says:

    Boy, Andrea Mitchell better get a clue. Her long question was met by the Stare of Death. HA!

    Liked by 17 people

  6. Upon reading this summary, and reflecting on the events of the last few weeks, and then watching Secretary Tillerson’s remarks, I feel confident in saying that the current government of Iran is now on the fast track to Screwed.

    Liked by 19 people

    • mopar2016 says:

      It’s never a good idea to enable your sworn enemy with nukes and money.
      Those “death to America” rallies in Iran have been going on for decades.
      Baraq 0bongo must not have gotten that memo.

      Liked by 5 people

      • nimrodman says:

        Oh, he got the memo alright.

        It’s just that he don’t like America much, would prefer to see her disabled and brought to her knees.

        It’s the Barky / Muzzy way and his childish vindictiveness
        (or is it his vindictive childishness? I get ’em mixed up).

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      • Southern Son says:

        VJ directed BO’s Every move regarding the ME.
        She has always been in the mullahs pocket.
        But when she guided him into Politics,
        They(she n BO) became useful Tools.

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  7. I certainly mean no disrespect when I call you a concern troll and a filthy repulsive nuisance and tell you to leave and never come back here.

    Liked by 5 people

  8. Amen! “That look”! Patent it, put it on a tshirt….put it on his calling card😉 BAM! T-Rex…the silent stare Operator….Git ’em!

    Liked by 12 people

  9. Niagara Frontier says:

    Sundance, you just added another long list of items to the President’s “no accomplishments” list that the media has been pushing all week.

    Seriously, is there a downside for the administration not connecting the dots for the media? When you don’t spoon feed them, they get it all wrong.

    Liked by 2 people

    • janc1955 says:

      I’d say the downside is spending any time trying to get the MSM to see the light. I’m sure the Trump admin has better things to do than tinkle into the wind. More efficient to funnel info directly to friendly media outlets and through Twitter.

      One exception would be if Spicer were to dedicate the first part of his daily presser to a pre-printed whiteboard bulleted list of accomplishments like SDs, and keep it in camera range throughout the presser. After each inane, inappropriate, who-the-hell-cares-about-that? question from MSM, Sean could point to the whiteboard and say, “Anyone have any questions about any of THESE things? The things that matter MOST to American voters?”

      Liked by 14 people

    • That WOULD be the point, wouldn’t it.

      Liked by 1 person

  10. Ziiggii says:

    Wolf you remember just a few days back we were having this exact dialogue. 😅

    Liked by 3 people

    • wolfmoon1776 says:


      I’m starting to think it will be in the 2018 election aftermath, when the pundits finally get it.

      Or maybe NOT GET IT! 😀

      “But Trump had 80% approval on foreign policy in one poll, and that poll also correctly predicted the massive GOP landslide. Do you think it might actually be possible that America likes Trump’s handling of foreign affairs?”

      “Mika, I’ve been thinking about this, and I think Trump’s LAZINESS and INEXPERIENCE are working to his advantage. Rather than having a coherent set of individual foreign policies like former President Obama, that we could critique properly, Trump’s foreign policy seems complicated and interdependent. People mistake that complexity for some kind of understanding.”

      “Interesting theory, Joe! I like it!”

      Liked by 9 people

      • Ziiggii says:


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      • The Press will never change until they become the butt of public ridicule.

        Let’s brainsgtorm how to make that happen – in a realistic way – tapping modern technology for the first time in White House history.

        How about a White House Presser sit – akin to Periscope (?) – that recaps each Questioner-Question in a short punchy phrase. [The questions are so puerile, this should be a snap to pull off in real time, for someone with ascerbic wit like Bill Mitchell.]

        Spicer could dedicate one of the big screens behind him to carry that flow.

        Public “votes” for each question could be tallied beside emoticons for Thumbs-Up and Thumbs-Down, like “Rotten Tomatoes”.

        The longer Sean spends answering stupid questions, the longer the stupid-question recap will show on the big screen.

        CSPAN could dedicate split screens for the public’s amusement to track the Question-side and the Press-cracking-up side for our amusement.

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  11. trapper says:

    Forget “walk softly and carry a big stick.” Become invisible and blow stuff up without warning.

    Liked by 17 people

  12. shannynae says:

    Oh…it’s the Troll again. I just responded to you on another thread Troll. Leave and take your Russian garbage with you.

    Liked by 2 people

  13. NYGuy54 says:

    T-Rex will eat you with that stare. He is a no-sh** type guy.

    Liked by 11 people

  14. fleporeblog says:

    Thank you SD for connecting some of the dots for us! It is truly amazing how much our President has done in such a short period of time. It is also amazing to watch his cabinet positions work so naturally with one another. Egos are checked at the door in order to MAGA.

    The respect that President al-Sisi has shown our President is breathtaking. Over 8 times between the meeting in the Oval Office and his interview with Bret Baier he called our President “Your Excellency”. There is no way in hell that President al-Sisi would have ever called Obozo that.

    I have no doubt he will be able to bring all of this together with peace between Israel and Palestine, China will get NK to denuclearize, ISIS will be destroyed across the world, all NATO countries will pay their 2% by the time the 12 month window closes. Syria will finally have stability. This will all get done in the first 4 years. The reason I believe this is because Congress can’t get in his way. He has incredible men and women in his administration that have control of these outcomes.

    Liked by 20 people

    • FLEEVY says:

      Think we’ll ever get a Secretary of Labor? 😅

      Liked by 7 people

    • Tegan says:

      Your comment about egos being checked at the door is a good observation and I certainly get a sense of that with these major players. They aren’t there for more money, future career moves, power trips, etc. They have years of valuable experience that continues to show more and more. So impressive! I wish the West Wing were a little more like them.

      Liked by 9 people

      • piper567 says:

        TRUMP did say, We have a bunch of Killers out there, they just haven’t been used…Instead, we have had political hacks.

        Liked by 7 people

        • wolfmoon1776 says:

          And THERE is another great observation. True “killers” versus incompetent hacks.

          How do we identify the great people? How did Trump identify those people?

          Well, one thing is obvious. The press is absolutely incapable of it!

          Liked by 5 people

          • Ziiggii says:

            I don’t think we have to identify them – they just always seem to bubble to the top!

            Liked by 2 people

            • wolfmoon1776 says:

              In a meritocracy, exactly right!!!

              That’s why Presidents who are subject to press manipulation make bad choices. They CARE what the press thinks. Even if it’s not obvious that the Enemedia is interfering, they exert a kind of subtle censorship.

              Imagine Obama, Romney, Jeb or Kasich. The advisor speaks……

              “But he’s the head of EXXON. How will that LOOK? What will we SAY?”

              Right there. The press has vetoed an amazing candidate, by forcing self-censorship.

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              • Ziiggii says:


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              • Ziiggii says:

                Yo – don your lead suit and take a gander


                Liked by 1 person

                • wolfmoon1776 says:

                  This is almost certainly disinformation and #FakeNews, used to mislead pedogate investigation and research. /pol/ needs to investigate the hell out of that site and figure out who they work for. THAT is the real story. And word of warning – if they do find the people, their cover motivation will be financial. NOT TRUE. This has a political purpose at its core.

                  Let me back up.

                  Yesterday, a fellow Treeper brought in a link from the same site:


                  Something not right, so I dug deeply and read up on the case.

                  Here was my response:


                  Basically, it is a FAKE NEWS article which uses real small-timer pedo news from THIS article:


                  And mixes it with some REAL normal Washington news PLUS insinuations from #PizzaGate speculations. This is what I call “information as disinformation”.

                  This stuff is meant to keep people on non-productive conspiracies, and not the real thing.

                  There is MASSIVE disinfo being thrown at PedoGate researchers. I take that to mean three things:

                  (1) There is some “there” there.

                  (2) There is a lot of “not there” there.

                  (3) The other side is committed to killing both Parkinson’s and PedoGate as fake news.

                  /pol/ and PizzaGate researchers are going to get skunked badly unless they find out who is polluting things with disinfo, beat them to a pulp, shame the “Dirty Comey” FBI for not revealing who is behind (REALLY BEHIND) all the disinformation, and weed out the JUNK from the reality they seek. I think it’s Cankles and friends doing this, and that’s why Dirty Comey will never stop it. I think they got worried about the Weiner laptop, and decided at that moment to begin blowing disinfo on trafficking. I think a LOT of what is out there is garbage. Stuff like this is likely part of the garbage.

                  And one of the fastest ways for these people to find out who has something to hide here, is to find out who they hired to deploy all the chaff.

                  Liked by 4 people

                • Ziiggii says:

                  I’m currently doing a little research

                  Liked by 2 people

                • Ziiggii says:

                  Yeah these same sites were hawking the Atlanta lawyer killing too.


                  There is definitely something afoot though if the disinfo is so thick. It’s becoming very clever in regards to Pedogate.

                  Liked by 2 people

                • wolfmoon1776 says:

                  Yes – I remember that, too. And something else. See the longer answer before this one.

                  Liked by 1 person

                • wolfmoon1776 says:

                  This interview:

                  is part of why I think there is some “there” there. I think that every SERIOUS PizzaGate / PedoGate researcher (serious as in people who like to confirm facts) needs to watch this.

                  Now, I will say that I have no confirmation that this guy is what he says, or has seen or done what he says he has seen or done. BUT – just taking what he says, I’ve resolved a lot of questions I had. And THAT usually only happens with primo true information.

                  It is essential to understand how MONEY relates to it all. THAT is the key. Once you realize how much MONEY there is to be made or moved in PEOPLE – and remember that human trafficking is very real, and now very high tech – you have everything you need to start solving all the equations.

                  Who needed money? Who was basically incompetent – BUT EVIL – and needed money?

                  Once you realize this is all about money, then revisit what FBI Anon said about the CF. At that point, the firecracker realizations just go off everywhere. MONEY. It’s all about the MONEY, and promises of MONEY.

                  One thing about this guy in the interview – take his little departure into the age-old “Protocols” BS with a grain of salt. He’s trying to make a point, but he does so badly. It’s historical. He’s saying that this stuff is OLD, OLD, OLD, and has been around since it was part and parcel of the most DOMINANT religions in large parts of the world. It is EMERGENT, and NOT GOING AWAY, just like good stuff. What he’s saying is that there have ALWAYS been people who are attracted to this dark side stuff, and power it just as much as people are attracted to and empowering of the equally viral and equally emergent light side. He’s being philosophical – not cheaply antisemitic. And you have to remember – there is MAXIMUM disinformation as you get close to this deeply evil stuff. The dark side has been dogging the light side since long, long, long before the golden calf.

                  Civilization not only contends with degradation into non-civilization – it contends with the organized evil that it carries along with it, like viruses embedded in its genetic code. Money is what brings that evil to life.

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    • usayes says:

      As usual, terrific post FLE! 🙂

      I had one of those major “aha” moments listening to Secretary Tillerson’s speech — actually more of a “thank God” for this man and PDJT… To think that these 2 serious, intelligent and successful men left a world of business success in exchange for a powder-keg world fraught with peril for our benefit, yes for US and for their love of country is simply astounding. As I listened to Sec Tillerson’s speech, it made me think that quite possibly, we are witnessing the unfolding of a miracle – all things are possible.

      Speaking of miracles, I would be remiss in not recognizing Sundance and the Treehouse — if i hadn’t stumbled and grabbed hold of a branch, I’m certain I would still be wandering the forest. So THANK YOU SD.

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  15. benifranlkin says:

    SD’s rules r u don’t deliberately talk about topics different than what the thread topic is. u r out of bounds here. get lost to the general daily DJT thread


  16. FLEEVY says:

    I love seeing the intersection of strategic moves like this with the bread-and-circuses showmanship that distracts the media and the demoncraps (but I repeat myself). We’re watching genius unfold, folks – this hasn’t been seen in 2,000 years.

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  17. wheatietoo says:

    “The Trump administration has no intention of passing the buck to a future administration, on Iran,”

    This is what grownups do.
    They take on the hard problems…instead of kicking them down the road.

    T-Rex is a treasure.
    Did our President pick the best guy for this or what!

    Liked by 30 people

    • fleporeblog says:

      Wheatietoo our President and many of his cabinet members see the next 7 years and 9 months as the greatest opportunity to save our country for their grandchildren and eventual great grandchildren. But what makes them incredible human beings is that they see that for our kids, grandkids and great grandkids. In their mind it is now or never!

      Liked by 7 people

    • Method2Madness says:

      “The Trump administration has no intention of passing the buck to a future administration, on Iran.” This is the most profound, most inspired statement in all of history. It will change the world dramatically, all the way to the return of Jesus Christ. This once-in-history Arab-American alliance is facing Iran (who is out to wipe out Arabs and oppose the return of Jesus Christ whom Arabs love and await) and this is its battle cry.


  18. dayallaxeded says:

    PDJT’s admin is also developing mega-trust with international and business stakeholders by not revealing strategy or details of meetings that should be kept close to the vest until time to use them for maximum effect. No one, since Ike has had the slightest clue how to command, coordinate, and strategize–until now. Thank God and may He continue to bless, keep, guard, and guide PDJT and all working with him!

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  19. NJF says:

    Great analysis SD.

    And yet the FSM won’t even highlight anything positive, well except the stuff that goes boom of course.

    Liked by 7 people

  20. Great summary! The most obvious thing about the list laid out here is how you do not see “The US” mentioned in any of them, and instead other countries are the ones actually doing the physical work. This is certainly not interventionism, it’s diplomatic grand mastery!

    We have always had the leverage, we now finally have somebody using it! #MoreWinning 😀

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    • Comrade Mope says:

      While I agree this is mastery at work, I fail to see how NATO members meeting the 2% is helpful in the long run. NATO is, as currently constituted, useless. The 2% demand is only useful in limiting resources from member countries that issue welfare to ‘refugees’- it would be a good start and will ultimately collapse the EU welfare state.
      I’m not saying it is wrong, just that I don’t get it. Yet. (So I’ll just let Trump be Trump.)

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  21. SoCal Patriot says:

    Hey Sundance – I thought Merkel told President Trump that Germany would not get to the 2% until 2024. When did they change their position? I missed that.


  22. flawesttexas says:

    International community figured out quickly that Trump isnt Obama, Bush I and II, and Clinton.

    Tillerson great choice for S of S

    Liked by 4 people

    • usayes says:

      Let’s not forget Wilbur Ross — I have a strong feeling that he’s going to be THE grownup in the administration that fixes many of our trade issues – have never seen someone with such a keen grasp of the minutiae of cross border trade and understanding those complexities will lead to the necessary corrections (put another way, the Wolverine is going to fix NAFTA – willing to bet a tidy sum on that!)


  23. God bless President Trump, and all who work with him and for him.

    Liked by 6 people

  24. cats23 says:

    Alarming indeed!
    GREAT try, but no cigar 🙂
    Mebbe go somewhere where the audience has less of a clue?? Ya won’t get far in this place 😉


  25. coltlending says:

    Pressident Donald “The Rook” Trump.


  26. Donna in Oregon says:

    Thank you Sundance, thank you Pres. Trump, thank you Trump admin. I will get a good night sleep tonight 🙂

    Liked by 6 people

  27. Left_at_Dunkirk says:

    I am very happy to see the US FINALLY stand up to Iran, which has been fighting us by proxy for years. During my first tour in Iraq, serving in the eastern part of the country, one of the big dangers was explosively formed penetrator IEDs – all imported from IRAN, These munitions killed or maimed many US and coalition forces. The Iraqis themselves were especially hard hit. It is heartwarming to see the Trump/Tillerson strategy play out. Just naming the danger is like a breath of fresh air after years of Bush/Obama obfuscation.

    Also, see what Ronald Reagan did about Iranian interference with shipping in the gulf:


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  28. Andy Smith says:

    Sundance, I generally want to believe, but I am still awaiting an explainer from you on how Saudi Arabia can be part of the Freedom Alliance. In the past they have been nothing but trouble. In the recent election we were continually informed how they had sought to influence policy through the Clinton Foundation. Huma was alleged to be possible be a Saudi agent. The Saudis are the source and fount of Wahhabism.

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    • Ziiggii says:

      Slow sips…. all will come out in the end! Patience – the Saudi’s are no friend to American values. They love the $$$. They move like the wind this way and that.

      Liked by 3 people

    • missmarple2 says:

      Thomas Wictor, whom I follow on Twitter (@ThomasWictor) believes there are signs that the Saudis are modernizing and will give women rights. Could be a big change if that is true. Obviously, I don’t know.

      A reform in Wahhabism would be a great improvement for not only the Saudis, but it would be a blow to ISIS.

      Lots of things are changing due to President Trump. We will have to watch and see what happens.

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    • sundance says:

      Asked and answered: (See 06:15)

      Liked by 11 people

      • JC says:

        I remember it well – impudent little twerp Rubio. T-Rex took him to school in a firm but decent manner: “…our interests are not different, Senator…” That was the moment I became an ardent T-Rex fan.

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      • bulwarker says:

        I have no problem working with other nations, who dont share “our values,” to achieve similar ends, as long as we don’t fool ourselves into believing this cultural relativism nonsense that Democrats peddled for years. Yes the Kingdom is inferior to us, its evident in how they treat their people, but making Saudi Arabia more American is not our goal over there – that is for their people to figure out. Getting the Saudis to aid us in our ME objectives is the goal and T-Rex gets it.

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      • shannynae says:

        It was a treat to watch that again. Secretary Tillerson left him speechless. 😊

        Liked by 1 person

    • Jenny R. says:

      Saudi is still one of the major players in the ME — BUT: it has its back against the wall. Iran’s nukes would likely target Saudi first, and Erdogan would love to take out Saudi (historic, political, and personal reasons — would take a small essay to explain it all) — which Iran could do for him, so I’m sure he’d encourage it. Yes, Turkey and Iran are not at each other’s throats. Also, Saudi is finding out what a lot of other MENA countries have — radical fundie groups can often just as easily turn against you after you’ve fostered them as not. So that’s why you see Saudi all of a sudden playing nice. I wouldn’t be surprised if Saudi doesn’t go POP in the next 10 years.
      And who are Saudi’s allies in the region? Egypt and Jordan, possibly the UAE — that’s it, and they have to worry about Iran and Turkey too (I posted something here a while back: Iran is more closely tied to AQ and IS than people think so those groups wouldn’t necessarily do Iran in as many expect ; a vet up above helped to answer that ….it was well known that Iran was supplying terrorist groups with Syria’s help during the Iraq War). And as far as Egypt and Jordan go:

      So, all of them (and this includes Abbas) are going to be playing very nice with Israel and the U.S. at least for a few years — they kinda have to or they’re cooked. To be honest, it may be too late.

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  29. duchess01 says:

    “The larger objectives of each element is toward an outcome where the U.S. does NOT intervene, does not exhaust military action, but rather manages a process of stability through maximum diplomatic and economic leverage.”

    Exactly, Sundance – love this paragraph – because it explains how President Trump looks at leverage – the opportunities are endless – the accomplishments on your list are outstanding – he was right – we had people negotiating deals for America who didn’t know what they were doing – I love the synopsis you have presented – it demonstrates not only the pieces of the ‘world puzzle’, but also how they fit together to accomplish what needs to be done – how the goals of each country are respected – and how those who cross the line are treated – no more neighborhood bullies – we all want the same thing in our respective countries – peace and prosperity –

    While I am astounded by what our President has accomplished through his able heads of state – I am not surprised – this is something President Trump has done all of his life – he has brought people together to accomplish a goal that will benefit all – if we only knew what he had to do to build one building – we would understand the mind of the master – he sees the obstacles – he knows what investment he must make – he knows the government bureaucracy – and he manages the circumvent them all – after all, to him, problems are opportunities in disguise – and he knows how to maximize those opportunities for the good of all – simply phenomenal – what he has accomplished year-to-date – he told us he would pick the best people to get the job done – and he has!

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  30. Sam says:

    Trump and his direct reports don’t go yapping to the press about every move they make. It’s easy to see the foreign policy is coordinated by President Trump and secretaries Tillerson and Mattis. Everything they do is purposeful. Anyone who read The Art of the Deal can see the Trump approach. Well, okay, liberals can’t but that is to be expected.

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  31. cyn3wulf says:

    Another important post by Sundance. Hopefully Bill Mitchell will pick this one up and pass it around like he did “President Trump Realigning Geo-Political Alliances, and Few Paying Attention…”

    Liked by 2 people

  32. Linus_in_W.PA. says:

    Tillerson is a stone-cold ANIMAL!!!!

    Coming at you like a freight train rolling!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  33. Joe says:

    Trump is not about to trust a future administration to keep his progeny safe from nuclear attack.

    Bottom line.

    And thank God for it.

    Liked by 5 people

  34. ZC says:

    This is very refreshing to hear, I’m sure many Thinking people agree. Thanks for the insight put so succinctly.

    Liked by 2 people

  35. paulraven1 says:

    Conversely, we are witnessing the shrieking shrinkage of the solipsistic, incoherent and even psychotic Left (democrats). Question is, will Americans notice?

    Liked by 2 people

  36. Rainy says:

    I have got to get me some Rex Tillerson eyebrows even if I have to make them out of my cats fur!!!
    Slanted ominously downward toward the bridge of the nose.
    Then I can practice his intense all business stare and then use it on my kids and then maybe they will listen and take me seriously!!!

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  37. Southern Son says:

    President Trump, has, through Only Diplomatic Channels(with China and other countrys), Ripped the chest hair, off Putins Chest.
    T-Rex did the ripping, in a suttle, yet firm way,
    while looking Putin in the eye.
    T-Rex, has a definite T-Rex Stare, that pictures convey, but probably not near as apparent as face to face.
    He is All Business!
    The Boss, picked the Perfect, and Only Patriots that are for Real Adults.
    They Know, and are are totally on board, to MAGA!
    I Never dreamed, that President Trump had such a Long Range Comprehensive Plan.
    His Brilliance is apparent, for anyone to see.
    Too Bad, Our Government, and Enemedia, See it, yet fight him Every Step of the way.
    I believe, as soon, as Ryan is Forced to Step Down, MAGA will take off like a Moon Shot!
    And They Know It!
    We here, keep Praying to GOD, for President Trump, and All his Hand Picked Patriots, Safety and Preservation.
    We cannot afford to lose even one.
    Press ON!, Sundance!!
    Keep bringin’ the Sunlight…

    Liked by 3 people

  38. vicschick says:

    I saw T-Rex’s lips moving but all I could hear was a ROAR! MAGA!!!!!!!

    Liked by 2 people

  39. Re: ♦ China halts direct air travel between Beijing and Pyongyang.

    Yes… but not exactly.

    Air China’s 737 service PEK-FNJ has always been adjusted seasonally. Rule: only Air Koryo provides scheduled service year-round to FNJ. Exception: Air China occasionally provides additional service when Air Koryo cannot meet demand, which typically peaks in April.

    The “cancellation” of Air China’s service to DPRK is not a new thing; it is simply a reversion to the status quo ante, and has gone on for years. Like CVN-70’s being “sent” to Korean waters (where it actually already was before going to Singapore quite recently), Air China’s scale-back in service is part of the norm, scheduled long ago. It is neither new nor unusual. Both events are false dots being falsely connected by globalist media to exacerbate DPRK-US “tensions”, when in fact they are quote normal and completely unrelated to recent narratives and/or events.

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    • jeans2nd says:

      Re: the CVN-70 storyline – one must admit, it sure was fun watching the Very Fake News scurry around like blind mice tripping over each other to bring this “major armada-movement” scoop to the public’s attention, yes? Can you imagine how flummoxed the Very Fake Reporters would be if they knew all this was normal? Bring the Feinting Couches (yes, I meant feint).

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  40. Billy Dunn says:

    It is now becoming clear why our President fought so hard for T Rex ..
    He is a VERY. impressive man and a Great S of S in the making.

    Liked by 3 people

  41. Stringy theory says:

    President Trump and his men have this nailed, and we can all relax and let them handle things. I thank God every dat Hitlery lost. We all need to keep that in mind.

    Liked by 3 people

  42. Sunshine says:

    Trump is very smart. He understands nothing good will come out of entering Syria or Iraq.
    The well-known Mullah Krekar gives his opinion, and this guy is never wrong:



  43. jameswlee2014 says:

    When Scott McNealy was recently interviewed by Stewart Varney he said, “The worst CEO is better than the best politician.” Until now that has certainly been true. Trump was a stupendous success in the most competitive business environment on earth and every single one of the men he has put in key positions is likewise a monument success in managing enormous private enterprises. These dude are studs. They know how to get it done. The reason they haven’t been able to get Trump down is that he and his pals are tougher guys. Another day, another Trump knee to their groin.

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  45. sukietawdry says:

    Such a sea-change from the feckless Obama administration. Wouldn’t it be a kick in the butt if Israel and the Palestinians came to some sort of accommodation during Trump’s tenure.

    Liked by 1 person

  46. jeans2nd says:

    Re: the Russian side of this discussion, perhaps a first attempt at a behind-the-back attempt by Russia to begin a detente –

    Russia is ‘ready to discuss’ election hacking and cybercrime with U.S.
    “The Russian government is open to discussions with the United States on a wide range of cybersecurity issues including election hacking and cybercrime, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov told the daily Russian political newspaper Kommersant.”

    “Even the question of election hacking “is not a taboo for us, although it had been made extremely tense by the efforts of the Obama team,” Ryabkov said Wednesday…”

    Deputy Prime Minister Ryabkov places the blame for the poor US/Russia relations directly on the shoulders of Barack Obama.

    The original Kommersant article is in Russian.
    The Cyberscoop article is a short read.

    Andrea Mitchell will follow up on this Russian diplomatic effort with a thoughtful in-depth analysis and discussion with foreign policy experts.
    ok, that last sentence is a lie, sorry

    Today, Reuters is pushing more leaked documents by anonymous U.S. Intelligence agencies on Very Fake Russia “news.”

    Exclusive: Putin-linked think tank drew up plan to sway 2016 U.S. election – documents

    Once upon a time, this Reuters type of activity used to be illegal, unethical, and just plain wrong.


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