by William Teach | December 13, 2016 8:03 am
I guess they would have preferred someone who would use their family “charity” to make oodles of money via pay for play decisions while in office, push to bomb a country then leave it in tatters for Islamists to take over, lie about the reason 4 Americans were murdered by Islamists, have cozy relationships with China and Iran, and create a personal server to thwart government rules and law while passing national security material in a manner that allows it to be hacked, much less sharing it with people who did not have the clearances to see it
Flawed Choices for the State Department
Set aside the fact that Rex Tillerson, the chief executive of Exxon Mobil and Donald Trump’s apparent choice for secretary of state, knows scores of world leaders and is a skilled businessman. Why would Mr. Trump choose as his top diplomat a man whose every decision or action would be tainted by suspicion that he’s capitulating to Russian interests or those of the oil industry, having spent his entire career at Exxon Mobil?
Because he won the election. You lost, NY Times Editorial Board. Get that through your heads. For all the caterwauling about Russian interference, what of the much greater interference from the supposedly non-partisan Credentialed Media, which was incredibly biased against Trump and was essentially pro-Hillary, working to defeat him and elect her? What of all the op-eds masquarading as news articles about the dooooooooom that electing Trump would bring, while they gently chided Hillary for her failings, and even worked to protect her from the allegations of wrongdoing, shady business, even criminal activity?
Mr. Trump seems impervious to ethical standards. By naming Mr. Tillerson, he risks burdening his administration with another appointee likely to ensure endless controversy.
Mr. Tillerson has no background in diplomacy beyond corporate deal making. And his relationship with Vladimir Putin, Russia’s authoritarian leader, raises serious questions about whether he could manage Russia policy in a way that advances America’s national interests. Mr. Putin even gave him an “Order of Friendship” award in 2013.
Normally, the NYTEB is super-enthused to talk to enemies, even wanting normalized relations, such as with Cuba and Iran. But, that’s when a Democrat is in office.
American-Russian relations are at their worst since the Cold War, a result of Mr. Putin’s annexation of Crimea, the war in eastern Ukraine, his attempts to destabilize countries in Europe, and bombings of civilians in Syria.
So, Mr. Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and current SoS John Kerry have utterly failed? Perhaps we need someone who knows what they hell they’re doing. Did the NYTEB ever think about that? Of course not. This is a typical Leftist knee-jerk reaction. It wouldn’t matter who Trump picked, there would be apoplexy and opposition regardless.
The hit piece goes on to assault John Bolton, who might get the number two position at State. Leftists have long had a burr in their bums over him, ever since he served as Ambassador to the UN under George Bush, so, there’s nothing unusual with the Times assaulting him.
Mr. Trump will soon lead America in facing an increasingly unstable world of complicated and intractable challenges. He needs the best possible advisers at his side. Mr. Bolton does not make that grade, and Mr. Trump will have his work cut out for him in making a convincing case for Mr. Tillerson.
Trump won. He convinced the people he needed to convince in order to win the election as our system is set up. Don’t like it? Win an election.
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