Rex Tillerson Removed as Secretary of State…

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson did an excellent job representing the professional and deliberate diplomatic approach of the U.S. and President Trump administration.  His personal view toward foreign service on behalf of the U.S. was exemplary, and deserves high praise.

Having said that, as President Trump stated earlier today, there was also more than a tinge of disunity between the advocated views of Tillerson and the views of the Commander in Chief toward economic national security.   At times the fractures between policy perspectives were visible.  Over time those differences became more obvious.

As Secretary of the DoS Rex Tillerson supported the Paris Climate Treaty; the President did not; Secretary Tillerson supported the Obama administration’s Iran deal; the President did not; Tillerson was more apologetic toward lax immigration policy; the President is not; and there were other visible departures visible surrounding the use of economic leverage to achieve national security advancements, specifically on the issue of China and North Korea policy.

The primary perspective, drawing the greatest contrast, surrounded President Trump’s view and expressed policy of emphasizing strength; particularly economic strength – to gain national security objectives.

After many years of projected weakness by the former administration one of the key tenets of the Trump presidency has been reestablishing national security by focusing on unapologetic U.S. economic power regardless of global opinion therein.

Unapologetic economic power is where the views of President Trump and Secretary Tillerson parted.  T-Rex projected more of a humble and altruistic approach; almost seeming embarrassed at times to participate in discussions of economic conflict and confrontation.  Indeed it often seemed awkward for Mr. Tillerson as he carries a less confrontational and more servant-minded constitution.

While he is not a pure ‘globalist’ per se’, Secretary Tillerson was less deliberate toward achieving territorial economic goals as a method to achieve geopolitical national security.  On matters surrounding these issues, T-Rex was more Wall Street than Main Street; more traditionally republican than change-agent populist.

Despite the media’s inability to see the severity of perspective, President Trump is not going to be swayed on matters of national economics.  POTUS Trump will listen to alternate opinions based on current events, but his forward advancement toward U.S. economic security will not be slowed by high-minded analysis leading to paralysis.   Within his outlook, always in the back of his mind, the clock is ticking… there’s an inherent sense of urgency.

Forcing economic change to enhance the territorial economic security of middle-America requires the ability of the change-agent to ignore the feelings and sensibilities of outside nations who will be confronted in the process.  Diplomacy must be set aside when entering the predatory world of massive trillion dollar economic deals.  There is no room for friends and comfort here, after thirty years of inept acquiescence, from President Trump’s perspective, winning is the only acceptable outcome.

Stopping the exfiltration of American wealth demands severity: “we either have a country or we don’t.”  Within that dynamic the value of diplomacy is necessarily lessened in favor of more deliberate and unapologetic policy advancement.  Inside that dynamic President Trump and Secretary Tillerson did not agree – and that is a major point of disunity.

As Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has stated several times: “economic security is national security.”   President Trump fundamentally believes that our national security requires independent U.S. economic security.  Everything is downstream from the economics of the issue, any issue, regardless of the issue – foreign or domestic.

Carrying a sense of urgency toward these national security issues, delicate sensibilities -and the opinion of the media who protect them- are necessarily dispatched like a feather in a hurricane.  Again, “we have no choice”, as often heard from President Trump.

Going into year #2 of the administration the current emphasis is a structural reset in the U.S. approach toward global trade.  “Killers” are of value now; thirty years of talking and losing is over.  As such inside this seismic trade-policy-shift, a parallel geopolitical strategy is being played out from the Middle-East through allies in Europe and into Asia around the rarely moved cornerstones of economics and trade.

National liberty, that is actual liberty – not the perception of liberty, is directly tied to economic victory.  During this reset there are only two groups: predators and prey.

Confronting China (Xi Jinping) economically was/is what brought North Korea (Kim Jong-Un) to the table of discussion to give up their nuclear ambitions; it was not diplomacy that created the breakthrough conditions for a national security win.  What brought China/DPRK to this position was the very real possibility of looming economic defeat.  President Trump’s approach won, Secretary Tillerson was surprised.

President Trump has aligned his economic opponents into his preferred geography. Everyone within sight is either an adversary or an ally.  However, allies are now reduced to being benefactors who will smartly get out of the way while the apex predators destroy their opposition.  Year two is about resolving to achieve economic victory regardless of international collateral damage. There is no longer any room for negotiating terms.  Diplomats retreat to the hilltops.  The era of economic Titans has come again.

Final point – When approaching specific goals and objectives President Trump works through a strategy based on phases.  President Trump doesn’t retain people past their expended usefulness.  Rex Tillerson did an outstanding job as Secretary of State introducing the Trump administration to nations’ of the world.

The diplomatic introductions and niceties are now complete; it’s time to get down to business.

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486 Responses to Rex Tillerson Removed as Secretary of State…

  1. DoggyDaddy says:

    I think President Trump views world/domestic issues as projects (in the business sense) rather than career political activities; consequently, he prioritizes his projects and selects people who possess the skills to deal with the projects they are best to handle. With regard to T-Rex, he was absolutely indispensable in forging a newer and stronger bond with the Saudis, especially with MBS. This has paid big dividends already in the region and has great long-term potential. Now, the project is North Korea and T-Rex just didn’t seem to have what Trump wants for that project. So, enter Pompeo. I think Trump’s “project” view of things helps to explain other moves in his cabinet and staff. (I think Gary Cohn is another example of this idea.) Clearly, President Trump operates with a completely different set of skills than the career politicians who have sat behind the Resolute Desk before him. I don’t think the media or the pundits realize how much Trump is using his leadership to apply business project management skills to the operation of the many branches of government.

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  2. CorwinAmber says:

    Y’know, I’m beginning to think that Donald John Trump, after a year in office, is hitting his stride and is having the time of his life. I’m reminded of what I used to tell students in a class at a certain DoD school after some escapade downrange: “nothing I’ve ever done prepared me for what I just went through…yet everything I’ve ever done prepared me for what I just went through”. I feel the same way about our President…he is drawing upon a half century of knowledge gained through experience…some good, some bad…but methinks Mr. Trump does not like to make the same mistake twice (and rarely does, I might add). Carry on my Captain!

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    • gingergal says:

      I thought last year he was holding back. I realize with what I’m seeing him do now, he really was holding back. Just wait until after the midterms!

      Liked by 9 people

    • Deplorable_Infidel says:

      “he is drawing upon a half century of knowledge gained through experience”

      Yes, it sure beats having a young whipper-snapper in that office, no matter what their ideological perspective. The never-trumpers that would have preferred HRC (just because their favorite GOPe candidate did not secure the nomination) are what the Constitution refers to as “domestic enemies”, no matter how strenuously they may object to that characterization.

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    • Johnathan Phillips Rogers says:

      Definitely. I don’t think he realizes that everything he’s done has prepared him for this. Then again, after a year, maybe he does.

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      • Maquis says:

        He knows. He HAS been preparing, as well as having been prepared. He knows the mantle he wears, the consequences of failure, the dangers he must overcome for America. He knows.

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        • Cuppa Covfefe says:

          GOD has led him there. And President Trump is thankful, humble, observant, and prayerful.

          He is a throwback to our founding fathers…

          Liked by 2 people

          • Maquis says:

            Hmmm…. Let’s go with Triumphant Return to our Radical Founding Fathers’ Ways.

            Communism is merely tyranny, it is as old as Man. It’s freaking predictable, boring and mindless.

            We are the first, and the exemplars of, a Constitutional Republic. In all of time, ours is the most radical experiment in government among men.

            President Trump is returning us to those ways; away from the Totalitarian Left, that preaches virtue yet possesses none.

            Wonderful days we are witnessing. We are party to the greatest, to use Obama’s unseemly and vacuous word, “pivot” of a civilization ever. Narrowly avoiding a Global Tyranny as dystopic as anything Hollywood has produced.

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    • Ditch Mitch says:

      Corwin great observation. PDJT since the new year has looked like he is enjoying this. Always a big smile, motivating and showing leadership. PDJT took over the business of governing. First he assesses the situation, puts people in place to clean it up and then gets people to make it hum like a finely tuned GTO. I suspect one more change to keep it humming for 7 more years at a minimum.

      BTW, saw a post above on Nikki praising Pompeo’s appointment. That was interesting.

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  3. talkietina says:

    That was definately the straw that broke the camal’s back.

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  4. TRex in his statement stated he was notified at 1 pm! We have no clue!

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    • BakoCarl says:

      I think you’ve gotta really parse these statements if they are word-for-word true.

      Kelly’s call said Tillerson “was going to be terminated” . . . an event in the future . . . that actually happened later at Tillerson’s official 1pm notification. Both can be correct.

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    • churchmouse says:

      If true, not surprising.

      Kelly’s name popped to the forefront as soon as the news re Tillerson appeared.

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  5. Summer says:

    I agree with Sundance and I posted the same thoughts couple hours ago in the other thread. Tillerson was the best choice at the time and we are grateful. However…

    The political appointees in the executive branch serve at the pleasure of the President of the United States, not the other way around. They may advise him but they are expected to execute his agenda after he made his final decision. They are NOT independent agents free to act however they please behind the President’s back, disrespect him personally and impede his agenda. Moreover, they are not supposed to broadcast their disapproval. It has to end.

    There is that pervasive, pernicious attitude towards “Vulgarian Trump” who “does not know what he is doing” among the so-called elites who think it’s okay to show him disrespect. Insubordination is practically expected. Time to disabuse some folks of the notion that they are independent and indispensable.

    Time to clean up. Bigly.

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    • Kenji says:

      Anyone in the Trump cabinet who believes the Iran Deal has any redeeming value MUST be REMOVED … and if that person happens to be Sec. of State … he needs to be removed sooner than later … with no prior notice. And if that same person happens to “believe” in the Paris Agreement … then his personal belongings should be mailed to him, after he is escorted off the premises.

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      • Grassleygirl/Breitbartista says:

        I second these emotions, bigly.
        1. I know that hindsight is 20/20 and all. I was hesitant to see Trex from day one as being on board with our CiC.
        2.Paris Accords.
        3.Iran deal(debacle)
        4.I’m a girl 👧, so emotions are always involved.
        5. Final answer.
        Love Pompeo!!

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    • Doug says:

      its really simple.. this man is running the country like a business… he will clean house and fire people when they are no longer useful or are roadblocks or distractions… hope hicks became a distraction, tillerson was disagreeing… trump is all about getting these things done and on time… he thinks the entire mission is bigger than one person including himself but that we elected him to get that mission done…

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  6. 4harrisonblog says:

    Sundance said “The diplomatic introductions and niceties are now complete; it’s time to get down to business.”
    I say, let it me so.

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  7. G. Combs says:

    Of interest to the people here at the Tree House is this older paper: Economic Interdependence and war: A theory of Trade Expectations

    It is quite good.

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  8. KId Jupiter says:

    I don’t understand how he thought Tillerson was a good pick to begin with. He was the CEO of Exxon, one of the largest global corporations. Why did he expect Rex to be “America First?” Now Pompeo? Not sure about him, either.

    Trump has made one bad personnel move after another: Rex, Sessions, Price, not firing Comey on day one, Wray. The only three he seems to have gotten totally right are Ross, LIghthizer & Mnuchin.

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  9. Jim Rogers says:

    T. Rex began draining the swamp at the State Department ~ I suspect that following his confirmation, M. Pompeno will continue draining, albeit at a faster pace! We’re on the brink of getting a lean and diplomatically mean State Department, loyal to the POTUS!!!

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  10. bob says:

    Tillerson was nothing more than an “aw shucks” NWO Globablist with a capital G. Time to put an American in that position.

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    • Johnathan Phillips Rogers says:

      LOL…that’s harsh. I give Rex more credit than that. haha

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      • VegasGuy says:

        Actually these are 2 really intelligent & capable men with somewhat different views on specific issues….

        The main difference between them is that 1 of them is the Boss……

        Nuff said, me thinks.

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        • Cuppa Covfefe says:

          Exactly.

          Seems the only experience many trolls have is looking at the bottom of the bridge or the ceiling of their momma’s basements. Corporate management (especially upper); not so much…

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  11. f.fernandez says:

    Trump certainly isn’t afraid of making bold moves. No sacred cows need apply.

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  12. maxmbj says:

    When Trump nominated Tillerson, I gave him the benefit of the doubt. But after the “effing moron” quote (which he refused to deny multiple times) I saw two problems in him that were unfixable. 1) He was disloyal. You simply can’t call your boss that to anyone who might leak it. You can think it, you can tell your wife your boss is a moron, but this is something someone one link down the chain of command simply cannot do.

    2) Worse, this comment revealed the thinking inside Rex’s brain and what it revealed was a dull, uncreative mind at work. And that’s what played out.

    I’m sure he was and is a good man and I admire his story of rising up through the company. But the zeitgeist demanded people who are able to see outside of the existing paradigms — like Trump — and Rex Tillerson was not that man.

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    • Madison Grant says:

      Maybe. Or just a sign of him being an arrogant globalist free trader. Those people are so full of themselves right now. They are convinced that ‘protectionism is stupid and won’t work’. They all think Trump is blowing smoke and will wilt at the first sign of hardship. They’re a big, self-congratulatory club who think only they know economics.

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    • Retired EE says:

      In my career I have had many bosses in my career. Some of whom I have serious disagreements with and have expressed those views. I also told them that although I disagree, if they make a decision counter to my view I will support them completely. My disagreement is not personal it is about the subject. I also said if it worked I would give them the credit they deserved. If it didn’t work I would work with them to resolve and correct the issue without any personal issues involved. One of them said he would rather have someone who was passionate about his work than a passive one. I still respect him completely even though I may have disagreed with him on certain issues. This is one where the disagreement did not result in that principle. Trex is gone as a result.

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      • jimsung says:

        Exactly. Anyone who understands a chain-of-command would think the way you do. I’m certain Tillerson knew this as he climbed the ladder at Exxon. He KNEW what he was doing when he disparaged Trump.

        Senior cabinet members, and their key staff, have many meetings to iron out issues. I saw this for many years in the military. When I saw Tillerson directly contradict Trump, I knew that he KNEW what he was doing. He chose to undermine Trump. He chose to voice his policy differences in public. Those differences could ALL have been handled behind closed doors.

        Tillerson made his choices and now he is FIRED (and not allowed to resign/retire).

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        • Cuppa Covfefe says:

          I suspect he was given the choice. Could explain his “indisposition” the other day…

          But, it’s a fact of life in high management. As they say, “if two people agree on everything, then one of them is not necessary”…

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  13. Scitt says:

    Tillerson was an alpha executive, and as such, after being overruled by Trump on several occasions, decided to do things his way and work at it, knowing it was against the Big CEO’s policy.

    Rex gambled that he could get Trump to change his mind and worked at it. He chose….poorly.

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  14. Mickey Wasp says:

    Well … there is one place you will not find T Rex
    On K Street lobbying …

    Liked by 3 people

    • unconqueredone (Trump's American Dreamer) says:

      Hope you’re right. I suspect T-Rex gets more done before they have their first coffee than the k street crowd does any day, and probably more after their last glass of wine too. Too bad.

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      • Mickey Wasp says:

        President Trump said that anyone in his cabinet / staff / advisor, etc…
        Has to sign a declaration that they cannot lobby for five years after they leave PDJT’s administration.

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        • unconqueredone (Trump's American Dreamer) says:

          Of course, Somehow I suspect someone of T-Rex’s stature can get more done with a phone call than most of the influence peddlers on k-street dream of accomplishing, that’s all I meant.

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    • Mickey Wasp says:

      And a couple of more items – apparently T Rex didn’t take to heart.
      President Trump said he would back the people of Iran to remove the mullahs and the ‘Iran Deal’ has Obamas’ name on it …

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    • Tegan says:

      Mickey, they signed agreements not to do that, I think. I’m sure Rex will enjoy his retirement, have some interesting speaking opportunities, etc. and generally have a wonderful life. And, he deserves it.

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  15. Kenji says:

    Here here!!!

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  16. madashellgp says:

    I watched his goodbye press conference. He emphasised co-operation between countries. What Trump is focussed on is reestablishing reciprocal trade deals where currently they are one-sided. He didn’t mention this – I don’t think he supports this approach which is fundamental to achieving their geopolitical, diplomatic and economic goals.

    On the strength of that press conference alone, Trump was right. Again

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    • Cuppa Covfefe says:

      It may have just come down to “Peace through diplomacy” versus “Peace through strength”.

      This is an age-old discussion, and the “foreign minister/secretary of state” types typically go for the diplomacy option, which doesn’t mesh will with the “peace through strength” leaders.

      I’ve read that T-Rex cut 30 percent of the DOS, and made each division justify their existence. Maybe he felt he’d cut enough; yet VSGPDJT didn’t? Maybe Mike Pompeo has another 40 percent or so that weren’t on T-Rex’s radar?

      Again, I think it was a case of the best person for what the position AT THE TIME entails. Seems like the Trump administration is running on a fast clock. So, perhaps, a one-year term as SOS maps to a four-year term in any other administration…

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  17. booger71 says:

    Sundance is correct in saying that TRex was “not a pure globalist per se’ ” Before he was CEO of Exxon-Mobil, he was in charge of many Exxon production fields worldwide, especially in the Middle East and Russia.When I did my geologic consulting work for Exxon in the middle 80’s, Rex was in charge of U.S. production fields. Although I never met him, I saw his name on much of the paperwork I read. It is not surprising to me that he disagreed with President Trump on global warming. Back then, the Exxon geologists were half way human, but if you talked to them now and said you were a climate change skeptic, they would most likely scream and throw themselves on the floor because you don’t drink the same koolaide. That is exactly the kind of scientists Exxon hired after Rex became CEO

    That being said, I think Rex was a big help with Saudi Arabia especially, since he had lots of friends there, but as a CEO he was used to playing nice nice with the world leaders because he was trying to make an oil deal with them. I suppose he thought making nice would work as SOS too.

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    • Esperanza says:

      Wierd how corporate oil and Greenpeace are on the same page isn’t it?

      Liked by 3 people

      • PaulM says:

        I used to wonder that also about the automakers and the environmentalists until I realized that there’s a profit margin on pollution control equipment. After that, a lot of other associations made sense.

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      • MIKE says:

        …And create schemes like “sue and settle” to be mutually beneficial, at Joe Taxpayers expense!

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    • MaineCoon says:

      Very informative post on your Exxon experience and inner workings of it. Thanks for the information as it explains Tillerson’s experiences also. I too think his biggest contribution was in SA. Helped pave the way for POTUS’ entrance. Great sword dancer too.

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  18. L4grasshopper says:

    It was time for a change. Rex was just not in synch on enough of the agenda. Suspect that his reluctance to engage the Norks like the President wanted was the last straw.

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    • Turranos says:

      No huge complaints from me regarding Tillerson. I think he was a good choice expecially for the time frame that he served. Now, moving into this next phase he would be a lousy fit.

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  19. C R Lord says:

    Somebody catch me up here. I have been thinking that the entire intelligence community outside of the military intelligence was corrupt. Am I missing something? The head of the CIA?

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  20. Gov Jay says:

    The number of leftist heads exploding today automatically tells you that President Trump made the right personnel changes…

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    • Doreen Scott says:

      Rex was picked by Condi Rice and James Baker both are Bush people. That’s why I believe President Trump made the right decision to fire him.

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  21. Shadrach says:

    Agree with comments largely. I was very pleased when Tillerson stepped up to the plate, and he’s been a much better SOS than Kerry or HRC. He’s done a stellar job in the ME….Saudi Arabia….OMG. However, Tillerson has also made a few comments that were out of line. Once is OK, anyone can misspeak or get carried away. But it was more than once. Several have been mentioned. There was one example just the other day, when Tillerson said Russia killed that agent in the UK. He might be correct, but there are proper channels for that determination to go through (OPCW-UN) and that channel isn’t Tillerson. I was surprised to hear it was Iran that was the kicker, but not surprised it happened.

    That said, we could have done far worse, and I wish him fair winds and following seas. He will land on his feet.

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  22. sundance says:

    You say that as if the State Department and CIA are two separate entities with entirely different missions…

    They’re not.

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    • amwick says:

      :0
      Well, well, well… to see it in print! I am shocked… shocked I tell you…
      Actually, now that you mention it.. makes perfect sense.. *sighs

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    • 4harrisonblog says:

      Yep.

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    • Mickey Wasp says:

      Methinks – the move has to do with the Iranian people…
      PDJT stated his support of them during a recent uprising.
      The CIA has the ‘intelligence’ and operatives on the ground. The State Dept plays the ‘diplomacy’ part of the mission.

      T Rex was instrumental in PDJT’s meetings with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and he adheres to diplomacy more so than ‘covert operations’ to see an end to the means.
      Pompeo has the CIA info and believes in PDJT’s America First agenda and knows of our allies in the region capabilities. Which, is also a foreign policy PDJT vision.

      President Trump is about to take out the Iranian mullahs and the North Korean despots in one move… Classic Trump.

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      • jimsung says:

        I haven’t seen this stated so I’m going to say it. It was reported last year that Tillerson may only stay one year. The fact that Trump didn’t allow Tillerson to respectfully resign/retire, and was instead summarily FIRED, means that Trump was not only unhappy with him, but furious and has had enough. Yes, there’s the Iran thing, but the N. Korea thing was probably the last straw.

        I think the ex-Russian spy being poisoned issue in the UK is an issue as well. I think that screams false flag and was designed to keep the whole muh Russia thing going. I think he got ahead of the WH on that issue. (I believe the man poisoned was employment related to Steele.)

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        • Maquis says:

          Rumored to be a “source” of some of those silly salacious stories.

          Arkscowcide.

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        • ukibob22 says:

          russia is killing their ex agents all the time. in russia and outside russia.

          why are you suprised?

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          • jimsung says:

            Because they didn’t need to assassinate this individual in this (public) manner. There was collateral damage. If Russia wanted him dead, he could simply have disappeared or committed ‘suicide’. This looks too much like someone wanting to create an incident to paint Russia in a bad light. Conspiracy theory? Two years ago would you have believed the DoJ/FBI would coordinate to take out an elected President?

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        • Deplorable_Infidel says:

          “The fact that Trump didn’t allow Tillerson to respectfully resign/retire, and was instead summarily FIRED, ”

          Public theatrics to keep the MSM distracted and chatty while our POTUS goes about his MAGA agenda.

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  23. Kenji says:

    I recall watching a bizarre 60 Minutes interview of Tillerson … was it the smeared lipstick lady? … I can’t recall. Anyway, it was an obvious “adversarial” interview that seemed to dwell on Tillerson being an Eagle Scout. The interviewer seemed to question whether being a top level Boy Scout was a good or a bad thing? I am guessing this was a veiled … “Boy Scouts are Homophobes … and everyone in the media is Gay and HATES you if you were a Boy Scout” … kind of a line of questioning/accusation.

    So I am wondering whether the same lipstick lady will beg to interview Tillerson now … to extract a little Trump HATE, Trump Admin. Disarray, Trump crazy soundbytes. And to now … praise … the Eagle Scout for defying the “crazy” President.

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  24. Kerry_On says:

    Tillerson, like Cohn, was the man for the job AT THE TIME. That time has now past. Note to incoming staff: Both T-Rex and Cohn had the temerity to think they were smarter than the boss and let that opinion be known publicly. It’s a teachable moment.

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  25. jonvil says:

    The guys pouring concrete don’t do roofs…
    The billionaire builder thinks in terms of specific projects, then hires the best people (and it is not necessary that they are ‘likable’) to get it done.
    Once the project is done they move on.
    New project, different people

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    • Rex ran a corporation to get it to do the same things repetitively:
      • With increasing efficiency
      • With improving technologies
      • In multiplying locations

      President Trump needs leaders who can do new things innovatively:
      [Because what the State Department has failed miserably at every turn]
      • With paradigm-breaking approaches
      • With economically-driven leverage
      • By changing the world views and roles of historical rivals and non-partners
      • With offers for defense-energy-trade partnerships that they cannot refuse
      • While transforming international relationships into RECIPROCAL SYMBIOSIS.

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    • 4harrisonblog says:

      Just the way it is. Eyes wide open and you will see it.

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    • Wink says:

      Bingo, jovil! Exactly.

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  26. “President Trump fundamentally believes that our national security requires independent U.S. economic security.”

    … INDEPENDENT economic security
    • From dependency on Mideast exports of Oil.
    • From threats from North Korea and Iran of Nuclear Annihiliation.
    • From dependency on China’s production of steel and aluminum used in Defense Equipment.
    • From Chinese and Russian threats to Satellite Communications and Monitoring.
    • From Chinese acquisition and theft of the technology and software for our Telecommunications.
    • From Chinese interdiction of ocean freight supporting exports-imports with other trade partners.]
    • From Chinese, North Korean and Russian threats of EMP attack disabling our Electric Grid.
    • From Soros-provided machines and software to count our Election Votes.
    • From Russian hacking of the same.

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  27. TeaForAll says:

    Tillerson served his purpose with Saudi Arabia. But he forgot one thing, HE SERVES AT THE PLEASURE OF THE PRESIDENT. You cannot be SOS and not on board with the administrations agenda. Tillerson became more vocal lately and should have resigned. His press conference today was one of anger and reserve and with some disrespect. Maybe he will be happier in the private sector…

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    • I thought he sounded shaken.

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      • starfcker says:

        He was quite shaken. That was a good big man who realized that he played his hand badly. What you saw were the regrets

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        • Cuppa Covfefe says:

          Yep. He saw what might have been, versus what is, through the lens of what he wanted.

          When those don’t mesh, especially for a highly competent, competitive, alpha-male leader, it will be difficult. And he was man enough not to hide or lie about it.

          All the best, Mr. Tillerson. You served our country well, and despite the differences I’m sure you’re a strong supporter of and component of MAGA. GOD Bless you and your family.

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  28. Phil aka Felipe says:

    Information or Disinformation?

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    • Madison Grant says:

      Well, Pompeo did endorse locking Assange up, so there might be a little friction motivating Julian’s comment.

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      • Phil aka Felipe says:

        Assange has a lot of tweets re: Pompeo, CIA, Deep State. Q and Assange’s views of CIA may overlap.

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        • oldiadguy says:

          “In 1998, along with other West Point alumni, Pompeo founded Thayer Aerospace and Private Security, which received a 2% investment from Koch Industries.[15][16] In 2006, he sold his interest in Thayer, at which point it was renamed Nex-Tech Aerospace, and became president of Sentry International, an oilfield equipment company, which was also a partner with Koch Industries.”

          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Pompeo

          Read it all.

          Pray for peace

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        • CirclinTheDrain says:

          Pompeo was at CIA exactly one year…and we say that defines him ? I don’t think so.

          CIA has always been embedded at State – they are key figures in every one of our embassies across the globe, same as every other major country.

          #3,4 are a desperation play of the Deep State. If we get out MAGA candidates AND vote them into office, we send them a message loud and clear.

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      • mimbler says:

        Yes, doesn’t sound credible in the slightest. Although Pompeo could be relied on to bring in our (Kansas’s) whopping 6 electoral votes.

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    • wheatietoo says:

      Nah…not in 2020.
      I don’t think that Pompeo would run against Pres Trump.

      But now, 2024 could be a possibility.

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    • Summer says:

      Those well-placed EU foreign ministers also thought that their fellow traveler Hillary Clinton would win in a landslide and that the EU had a license to plunder the US in perpetuity.

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  29. alliwantissometruth says:

    A President is elected because a certain percentage of citizens like & agree with that persons viewpoints, opinions & agenda. That person is then supposed to put that agenda into motion

    A good manager / boss oversees the agenda & hires those he believes will best implement said agenda, & a great, competent manager / boss will move quickly to move or rid themselves of hires they feel aren’t on the same page, be they small or large differences

    A successful team needs to be on the same page with nothing to hinder the outcome of the agenda

    The world of politics is a mountain of differing viewpoints, ideologies & squabbling factions. Getting an agenda through in the political realm is near impossible for most everyone, but President Trump isn’t “everyone”

    He brings people in, people he respects & people who have the resume to get the job done, just as a great manager / boss does. Yet in the world of politics, certain political views & or differing management styles that weren’t apparent before can suddenly come to light

    When a boss feels those views or differing styles could be detrimental to the agenda, you make a change, & the sooner that change comes, the better

    There’s not only nothing wrong with that, it’s the absolute best way to quickly correct a small bump in the road & make sure the ship is heading in the right direction

    President Trump isn’t allowing friendships or the opinions of the media miscreants sway his management style. He wants results & he wants them now. Like a baseball manager, he walks to the plate, says good job but it’s not really working anymore, & puts in another player he believes will get the job done

    The USA is the biggest business out there, & it needs to be run as just that, a business with a bottom line & a business with goals in mind. People better get used to this Presidents business acumen, & understand this is how a business is run

    The days of the USA being run as a flop house for the world bankrolled by American tax slaves are over. President Trump doesn’t have time to bother with hurt feelings or good old boy networks

    Let the man run this business, because the only shareholders that he’s concerned with are the American people

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  30. Scout says:

    Good summation of the TRex departure by SD.
    I thought I’d be much more worried about it if / when it ever happened. I’m not.

    PDJT’s main problem will never go away, there is no Trump Party among the Secretaries or Congress, most are like Rex (the outstanding exceptions include the magnificent Wilbur). We always knew tist was the case. Get used to it.

    And look on the bright side, when a catastrophic anthropogenic global warmist departs any govt job I’m a happy camper. ( It will come as a shock to the green left that all Big carbon dioxiders are for compulsory CO2 taxes (fines) in the form of carbon trading, the derivatives so created will eventually be a profit centre as big as their core businesses when its worldwide and compulsory, more about that later). Exxon know that. Goldman knows that.

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    • tcjudi says:

      So carbon taxes will essentially be a new form of “money”? Like SDR’s for example? Of course not available to ordinary people, only governments and corporations.

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  31. I liked Tillerson. I will miss his talks and his around the globe reviews…I learned so much. Sorry to see him go, but POTUS knows best. I do wish him all the best.

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    • wondering999 says:

      He was planning to enjoy his grandchildren and retirement and I hope that he gets the opportunity to do that. I am very grateful for what he has sacrificed for us in the last year.

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  32. Amy1212 says:

    T Rex, thanks for the job well done. We wish you the best in the MAGA years ahead.

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  33. Bonitabaycane says:

    The message has been sent loud and clear: If you are not fully committed to the MAGA Trump Train, you will be asked to exit at the next station. Choo Choo……Full Steam Ahead!! 🙂

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  34. Flashfly SA says:

    Did NoKo have a beef with T-Rex, or does USA need an intelligence type in the co-pilot seat for the upcoming meetings?

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    • JohnBadger says:

      People want to make this so complex but it is pretty simple. As the President said in his statement this morning he expects his SOS to support and enact his foreign policy decisions rather than publicly disagree with them. Tillerson just couldn’t bring himself to do that so he out. Long overdue probably.

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  35. scott467 says:

    “As Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has stated several times: “economic security is national security.” ”

    ____________________

    No different than on a personal level, where job security (back when such a thing existed) is home and family security.

    It’s not hard to understand, unless someone just doesn’t want to.

    And if they don’t want to understand, then that’s just being intellectually dishonest — with themselves and everyone else.

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    • scott467 says:

      Take away Rex Tillerson’s ‘economic security’ and see how well his own home and life security does… maybe he’d get the message if it was his own ass that was in the hot seat, instead of ALL of middle-America’s.

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    • Scout says:

      Indeed. To destroy traditional, historic American cultural values you need to break the back and spirit and confidence of the US middle and working class. The left have been trying to do that for decades peaking at Obama via Clinton and Bush.
      You want to destroy self belief, destroy the family and give them an on call part time job or welfare.
      Their job was almost done.
      Then there was Trump.

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  36. scott467 says:

    “Carrying a sense of urgency toward these national security issues, delicate sensibilities -and the opinion of the media who protect them- are necessarily dispatched like a feather in a hurricane.”

    ___________________

    Hallelujah.

    Now if he would just dispatch the treason-media itself like a feather in a hurricane, we’d be all set.

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  37. Biggyrat says:

    The foundation work has been completed. Pay the concrete contractor and get the framing crew busy. We’re burning daylight.

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  38. Screwtape says:

    In short, Trump made an error in hiring Tillerson in the first place. I voted for Tumo and support the man but he does not play four dimensional chess and he is not the smartest man in most rooms.

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    • Wink says:

      Hillary is that you? Be careful on those stairs. lol

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    • Scout says:

      I guess the smart guy in the room would be Bambi, who sat in the Rev Wright’s black racist church for 20 years listening to his white hate sermons and “didn’t notice anything unusual”……
      PDJT is the smartest political operator in US history. Burns, doesn’t it?

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    • pyromancer76 says:

      You forget 1) Saudi Arabia reset and t) the importance of oil to energy independence as well as 3) the sense of goodness that this Exxon Mobile CEO gave to the new government as he supported President Trump’s program with his person as one to honor and work for. He did his part. Gave of himself for a year. Now a well deserved rest – bet he wishes he minded his p’s and q’s a little more. Nevertheless, we can be grateful to him. He was part of the foundation.

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  39. Jenny R. says:

    Halspel at CIA: watch EU(Germany).

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    • Mickey Wasp says:

      My bet – is that Gina Haspel is another President Trump temporary move.
      Why? She scares the hell out of people … ones that will do harm. And President Trump needs the mullahs in Iran and despots around North Korea scared and willing to comply.

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      • Jenny R. says:

        I think you are correct — she does scare people, and it is interesting as to who is first and loudest out of the starting gate. I doubt very much that they are screaming so much over human rights…as they have not shown this much concern about the same in times past when it was inconvenient.

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  40. Mickey Wasp says:

    Methinks – the move has to do with the Iranian people…
    PDJT stated his support of them during a recent uprising.
    The CIA has the ‘intelligence’ and operatives on the ground. The State Dept plays the ‘diplomacy’ part of the mission. We need some hard-ass deep thinker with spooky spook ways.

    T Rex was instrumental in PDJT’s meetings with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and he adheres to diplomacy more so than ‘covert operations’ to see an end to the means.
    Pompeo has the CIA info and believes in PDJT’s America First agenda and knows of our allies in the region capabilities. Which, is also a foreign policy PDJT vision. Plus, Pompeo graduated first in class at WestPoint – he studied war – not necessarily military battles – Sun Tzu…

    President Trump is about to take out the Iranian mullahs and the North Korean despots in one move. ~ Classic Trump. How is this? He releases T-Rex from duty and then travels to California to ‘inspect’ the prototypes of The Wall, just after the House Intelligence Committee declares ‘no collusion’… So, whats the media talking about..?

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  41. Sarah Allsop says:

    Best article I’ve read yet explaining Trump’s decision to relieve Tillerson of his duties. The rest of the press just don’t get it.

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  42. Pam says:

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  43. TwoLaine says:

    Dear Mike,

    NO Bathroom Servers
    Transparency is a Job Requirement
    We are watching you

    Got it?

    GIT-R-DONE!

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  44. TwoLaine says:

    T-Rex, you will be missed, but we will also be watching and listening for you… Enjoy!

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  45. Donzo says:

    TRex exiting now makes perfect sense. North Korea is up next and Trump’s negotiating strategy of economic and military dominance would be harmed by Tillerson’s presence and strengthened by Pompeo’s.

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  46. KLJ says:

    Looks to me like President Trump is moving towards confrontation and war. Tillerson wasn’t playing Trump’s game. This sends a strong message toward both Iran and North Korea, but if threats don’t work, we probably can expect real wars. These are dangerous games, and there might be no good solutions.
    I’ve always said that, while I do not much like Trump the man, I can respect his abilities. This reinforces that idea. What kind of a man lacks the decency to fire a man like Rex Tillerson to his face? I worked in the arctic in my younger years. The jobs up there, fifty years ago, were tough jobs. I worked with difficult men. I attribute my ability to overlook Trump’s obvious faults and appreciate his strong points to working with “pushers” up there in the far north. A “pusher” often isn’t popular – it goes with the job. But, I’ve never seen one of those guys fire someone without doing it face to face.

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    • Scout says:

      “Looks to me like President Trump is moving towards confrontation and war.”

      You’ve entirely missed the point of Trumpian tactics, don’t feel inadequate, so has the MSM (although they do it deliberately so you won’t have to read about it).
      Economic confrontation? Of course, think about that some more, read SD.
      War? You’re confusing PDJT with your old neo con rulers.

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      • KLJ says:

        I know that a whole lot of people here want to believe that. I want to believe that too. I was seeing the Trump/Tillerson combination as the bad cop/good cop – and it seemed to be working well. Now, however, President Trump seems to want to send a stronger message to countries like Iran and North Korea – and China probably. This is great if it works, but it often does not unfold like a person wants it to unfold. What it does is to up the anti in the game – thereby making the risk of playing higher too.

        I grant you – there are problems that sometimes do not have any good solutions.

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        • Scout says:

          With respect, the stronger messages you speak of are economic measures. Money is much more powerful than bombs. Tillerson was not working because his worldview was traditional and therefore he was unable to understand or enact Trumps strategies, Tillerson became counterproductive, contradicting the President in public is instant fire (or it should be). Tillerson’s great attribute was as ex head of Exxon meeting world leaders he was always the more confident, you can’t overawe the guy who ran Exxon.
          “Upping the anti” means economic and financial measures.
          Don’t be spooked if there are some Chinese tantrums and even some 12.5 mm fire about freedom of navigation in the Sth China Sea. The Chinese rulers understand the US can cripple their economy overnight if push really comes to shove, China needs the US the US survives just fine without China.

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    • jimsung says:

      ” What kind of a man lacks the decency to fire a man like Rex Tillerson to his face? ”

      A man who is fed up with an employee who he has repeatedly warned to stop undermining him.

      I mentioned upstream that if Trump wasn’t angry, he would simply have (quietly) asked Tillerson to resign/retire. Then he would have praised him and given him a big party. The fact that Trump FIRED him in a public manner says a lot and is a warning to others.

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      • KLJ says:

        IMHO, and I’m not surprised at what Trump has accomplished, firing Tillerson like that says more about Trump than it does about Tillerson.

        And, to be absolutely clear, I believe that our only hope is Donald Trump.

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        • Maquis says:

          Bullpoop. Tillerson’s sins were behind Trump’s back and his criticism and even mockery were in the public square. Publhc offense, public rebuke. Backbiting the President who gave him the ride of his life does not earn him tender living care.

          This isn’t daycare.

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          • KLJ says:

            “This isn’t daycare.”

            Have to agree with you there, but that does not change the fact that there is a way for a boss to fire a hard-working employee who strives to do his best for the company (country). Iran . . . North Korea . . . lots of lives at stake. If the president wanted a yes man, he should have hired a yes man. If he wants to get someone into that job now that thinks more like he does, that is his prerogative. There is, however, a decent way to do that.

            Donald Trump is a complex man. He has talents that are obvious to most of us on this forum. He also has traits that, if given the chance, many of us would change. He just now demonstrated one of those traits for the whole world to see.

            Now, an argument can be made that this trait could very well be effective when dealing with difficult people around the world today. Why was Richard Nixon effective while Jimmy
            Carter was so ineffective in foreign policy? Donald Trump is sending a strong message here, and it is even stronger if you think about it as accidental and not planned.

            We should remember, thinking about President Trump, the words of that great philosopher Popeye: Eyeyamwateyeyam.

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    • jimsung says:

      “These are dangerous games, and there might be no good solutions.”

      As a Cold War warrior I have been shocked that we would fight a war in Syria right beside the Russians where the slightest spark could set off WWIII. This started under Obama. Syria and Libya are Hillary’s wars. Trump is finishing the war in Syria and hopefully he’ll pull out of there.

      I think his plan is to support revolution in Iran. I don’t think we’ll have to go in there.

      This is important. Things have changed in NK. This isn’t the same game Clinton/Bush/Obama played. NK is China’s proxy. NK does not have the ability to produce ICBMs on their own. China wants NK to have this ability so NK can potentially set off an EMP event against the US. China then, is using NK as its proxy to destroy America. China can sit back and say, hey, it wasn’t us. The US has a choice, take out this ICBM/nuke capability or… Trump is using economic leverage to force China to eliminate its NK proxy threat. Get rid of NK’s ICBM/nukes, or we’ll cause such economic turmoil in your country that you’ll have a revolt.

      I’m all for getting out of being the world’s policeman but we have to deal with the China/NK existential threat.

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      • KLJ says:

        “I think his plan is to support revolution in Iran. I don’t think we’ll have to go in there.”

        I really hope that you are right, but Israel and Saudi Arabia sure seem to want the US to go to war with Iran.

        Why isn’t there more talk about a plan from the 80s called the “Yinon Plan”? I remember reading about it – one time – back then, and then it dropped completely off the horizon. I mentioned it to my younger son, and he found it on the internet. We seem to have followed that Israeli plan perfectly – and Iran is the one last big target. What I’m afraid of is that Tillerson was NOT in favor of continuing on that road.

        I agree with everything you wrote about China and North Korea. The point I was making was that in spite of the best plans, it could end very badly. However, do we have any choice?

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  47. MfM says:

    Remember when Romney was being pushed for SoS?

    He would have been impossible to fire. Tillerson was the right person for the job… until he wasn’t and now Trump will have who he wants.

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  48. Charlotte says:

    Tillerson Fired Over Rogue Bid to Save Iran Nuke Deal
    State Department efforts to undermine White House agenda sparked firing

    http://freebeacon.com/national-security/tillerson-fired-rogue-bid-save-iran-nuke-deal/

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  49. KLJ says:

    One more thought – might be a touch off-topic.

    Is anyone else watching the reports of the Russians poisoned by a toxin that appears it could only come from Russia?

    What are the odds that the Russians would use that poison – knowing that it would be traced directly back to them?

    Doesn’t this smell like a CIA operation? Could it be a hold-over from the Brennan days??

    A lack of accountability is not a good thing – we have no way of knowing, do we?

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