Skip to comments.Tillerson firing set to showcase just how little the media know (Here's what's really going on)
Posted on 03/13/2018 1:36:46 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
It's coming...just wait for it. Any minute now, the press will declare President Trump's ouster of secretary of state Rex Tillerson as "chaos" and "disarray." Such baloney.
Tillerson was a good man, and he ably served the country in getting the Saudi Arabians to turn hard toward the West as the Iran threat loomed. That's a real achievement. The result we now see from Saudis allowing women to drive to Saudis changing their stance toward Israel in a friendly direction to Saudis putting the screws to the local billionaire princeling financiers of Osama bin Laden and other lunatic forces, has been, frankly, breathtaking and spectacular. Who could have guessed such a hellhole could become something good, and so quickly? It was in no small part due to the efforts of Tillerson, an old oil man from his Exxon days, who knows the Saudis well and who was able to encourage them in the right direction without making them angry. The emergence of a new leader, Mohammed bin Salman, has been all good for both Saudi and the rest of the world's interests.
So of course the press is going to come out and say another exit in the Trump administration is more evidence of "disarray." Lots of good people have exited, of course, and this will be the superficial analysis. I can hear the computer keys clacking about it now.
But here's what's really going on. Tillerson was good for his task as he made it, but as a new stage in foreign policy dawns, particularly around Trump's high wire act in North Korea, some different talents are required. Tillerson was a corporate man, a person with the right savvy to rise all the way to the top in the rock-hard bureaucracy of Exxon,
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Tillerson had a desire to retain respectability with all sides, which isn’t useful to Trump now that he is going unconventional in his diplomacy with North Korea. Something new is required, a new mindset, and from someone willing to take and go along with risks.
Mike Pompeo, of the CIA, seems to fit that bill perfectly. Adept at navigating Congress, very popular among the high-risk spooks at the Central Intelligence Agency he now leads, Pompeo will slip into the new role like a hand in a glove.
Trump himself finds more in common, personality-wise, with Pompeo, and the new North Korea gambit is all Trump.
BBC was on the “chaos and disarray” the second they heard ,LOL
Yep - there was a lot I admired about Rex, but his loyalties were divided. If he was able to get fully on the bus he could have been a very good SoS.....
Tillerson will remain SOS until and including March 31st.
RE: Tillerson will remain SOS until and including March 31st.
Pompeo still needs to be confirmed by Congress. Will the Dems give him a hard time?
Remember what international relations looked like when Trump/T-REX took over? Look at them now. T-REX did a damn good job. IMHO!
Re: Saudi Arabia
The change in the wind is painful with far reaching consequences. Trump was perhaps not very well known, Tillerson was. T Rex told them “we’ve got your back”.
The red carpet was rolled out and Trump told the world there was change afoot
If Tillerson is gone, Alfred E. Sessions may not be far behind.
No...he was just confirmed to head the CIA in a 62-37 vote or something like that.
"Chad PergramVerified account @ChadPergram · 6h6 hours ago
Pompeo will need Senate confirmation for SecState position under Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution providing Advice and Consent. But under US Code 5 3345/3346..the President can fill an A level, Senate confirmed position with someone at the same level for 210 days "
Gina Haspel though has to wait for approval I nelieve.
The manner of the firing is troubling. Admired senior level leaders show respect for people and allow them to depart with dignity. They do the firing themselves, face-to-face, and create an exit process that allows the exiting employee to share in crafting the public story. The firing leader also does not talk publicly about the firing and never disparages the departed employee.
Whether Tillerson was advised by General Kelly on Friday he was about to be fired, or Tillerson learned of his termination through Trump’s tweet this morning, Trump not meeting with Tillerson face-to-face to tell him of the change before the announcement is inexcusable and demonstrates a lack of character. Tillerson left a corporate CEO job to serve his country and the president at great financial cost and certainly some personal sacrifices. In fact Tillerson’s termination came a week after his father died and while he was on a grueling trip to Africa. Does Trump have no empathy for the people who serve him?
Trump certainly had the authority to fire Tillerson at any time for any reason. I have no beef with that and if Tillerson wasn’t the right man for the job he should go. The manner of the firing was extremely disrespectful. Even if Tillerson didn’t agree with Trump on issues, simple human decency called for treating Tillerson with respect which means delivering the news personally, face-to-face.
In my corporate career I had the opportunity to observe many senior corporate executives as well as a few politicians. The way an executive treated the people who worked for the executive was directly correlated with the executive’s reputation as a leader and the executive’s performance. For those who compare Trump with Ronald Reagan, consider if Trump comes even close to Reagan character.
The people who left careers and made sacrifices for Trump, and the nation, deserve better. One thing is clear, if you work for Trump he doesn’t have your back. Not a comfortable position to be in as you try to do your job.
Meanwhile in Trump’s world Sessions, who is only doing part of his job due to self recusal without consulting his boss, continues to sit comfortably in Trump’s cabinet.
“RE: Tillerson will remain SOS until and including March 31st.
Pompeo still needs to be confirmed by Congress. Will the Dems give him a hard time?”
The Senate committee reviewing the nomination is led by Senator Corker of Tennessee. Corker said today he is scheduling hearings in April. Apparently there is no sense of urgency in the Republican leadership. Can’t blame Democrats for obstruction yet.
Brings to mind how POTUS changed his campaign staff on his way to becoming POTUS. As the needs change, he has already retained the best personnel ready and able to tackle the task going forward. His planning ahead and staying in front of the situation might be one of his strongest attributes.
“Meanwhile in Trumps world Sessions, who is only doing part of his job due to self recusal without consulting his boss, continues to sit comfortably in Trumps cabinet.”
So I hope after Tillerson, Trump will boot Sessions by the ass out of his cabinet. The sooner the better.
Of course you’re right, but...
Trump often creates a spectacle of events and uses it to his advantage against the media. He needs all the ammo against them he can get.
I hope this was mutually agreed, we’ll see.
Great financial cost? He got his massive stock package tax free. He probably made over $50million in tax savings taking this position
What’s even better is that Mike Pompeo is a SCARY DUDE.
It’s about time we had our own Putin-like figure at the international table. Countries know not to screw with this guy because he is the guy who will end them from 500 yards. They tick him off and they’ll need a food tester.
Which right now is what the world needs to know. China, North Korea, Iran et al. These are not people who respond to diplomacy and dealmaking.
The thing I am seeing is that State and CIA have been adversaries for the past seventy years. State is rife with the kinds of spies that CIA is supposed to root out.
So I think this has less to do with Tillerson getting fired than it does with a sitting CIA Director being promoted to run the State Department and start firing the spies he’s likely been begging Tillerson to fire.
My proof for this assertion/opinion will be seen in the list of Foggy Bottom resignations that follow over the next few weeks.
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