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(Because The Campaign Never Ends)
So, what to make of the Rex Tillerson firing? There’s a lot to unpack here, so I’ll try to do it in a fairly orderly fashion.
First, let’s state up front the undeniable truth that Rex Tillerson was the nation’s finest Secretary of State in a decade. Unlike his two immediate predecessors in the job, Mr. Tillerson is a patriot, a lover of America, a believer in promoting American-style Democracy around the world and protecting U.S. national security at home. He had no interest in selling America’s foreign policy to the highest bidder or in promoting radical Islam throughout the Middle East and other parts of the world.
So, we all owe Mr. Tillerson our thanks for his service, and an appreciation for the way in which he represented the country for the last 14 months.
That having all been said, no one should be surprised at all that he is being replaced in his job. The fact of the matter is that Tillerson was not on the same page as the President he pledged to serve in too many ways to have lasted long in the office. Here are some examples:
- He is a big fan of the horrible deal the Obama Administration did with the terrorist supporing Mullahs in Iran, and consistently slow-played providing information to the President that was not positive towards keeping the agreement in place;
- He was accused of having called the President a “moron” behind his back last summer, and refused to either deny or apologize for uttering that insult despite being repeatedly questioned about it. Not a lot of employees are going to survive calling their boss a “moron” for very long;
- He is a big believer in man-made “global warming” theory in an administration made up largely of skeptics, and was reportedly upset that the President cancelled U.S. participation in the Paris Climate Accords;
- He has not at any point been supportive of President Trump’s approach to dealing with the Crazy Little Fat Guy in North Korea;
- He has been slow to hire people to fill senior posts in the State Department and even slower to clean out the deep state holdovers from the Obama Administration.
There are other examples of Tillerson’s conflict with his boss, but those seem to be the main ones. Quite simply, Tillerson is not a “Trump guy” and was never going to become one.
He will now be replaced by Mike Pompeo, the current CIA Director, who is a “Trump guy” and will be on board with the Trump program. Coming out of his CIA role, Pompeo knows where all the bodies are buried, all over the world. This is a guy who graduated first in his class at West Point, a mechanical engineer with a highly analytical mind who doesn’t take any BS off of anybody.
He has a law degree from Harvard, where he served on the law review. He’s a three-term congressman from Kansas who served on committees with oversight related to energy, intelligence, business and commerce and the CIA, as well as the House Select Committee on Benghazi.
You probably won’t be seeing any reports about Pompeo calling his boss a “moron,” and if you do, you’ll see a quick and unambiguous denial from Pompeo, because any such report will be a fabrication. You won’t see Pompeo slow-walking anything negative towards the Iran deal, or slow-walking anything else, for that matter. You won’t see Pompeo shedding tears about the Paris Accords or publicly at odds with the President over North Korea.
We all owe Tillerson our gratitude, and we should all be happy that Pompeo will be our new Secretary of State. The Trump Administration just got stronger with this change.
When news of the Pompeo appointment became public, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer issued the following tweet, one which he probably thought would make all of his base of leftwing idiots happy as little clams:
The instability of this administration in just about every area weakens America.
If he’s confirmed, we hope that Mr. Pompeo will turn over a new leaf and will start toughening up our policies towards Russia and Putin.
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) March 13, 2018
But it turned out that not all leftwing idiots were happy after all. The leftwing idiot who is the de facto propaganda minister for the Russian-supported anti-Fracking movement, Josh Fox, responded to Chuckie’s tweet with a little R-rated missive of his own:
Um. Listen you #fuckingmoron, Mike Pompeo is a #climate denier, a man who has taken more money from the Koch Brothers than anyone, and a #Trump loyalist. FILIBUSTER HIM, Chuck. No more weak sauce. #smdh You are my Senator, FILIBUSTER HIM. PERIOD. https://t.co/1zQQn6ceAN
— Josh Fox (@joshfoxfilm) March 13, 2018
So, as you can see, there is trouble in pinhead paradise. No doubt, Schumer’s completely insincere reference to getting tough towards Putin and Russia is what really set Fox off. After all, a guy’s got to make a living, right? You cut that Russian funding off, why, the anti-fracking movement would have to find some honest money instead. And that would be hard.
That is all.
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