Skip to comments.Trump's Secretary of State pick: What every American should know about Rex Tillerson
Posted on 12/13/2016 4:47:24 PM PST by Hojczyk
Exxons Chairman and CEO, Rex Tillerson is another novel choice, as edgy in diplomacy as he is proven in business. What do we know about Tillerson? What does what we know tell us about Tillersons prospects for diplomatic success? Much and much. First, an engineer by trade, he is an accomplished manager. That is two legs up on most of the State Department.
Tillerson has managed Exxons holdings in Russia and the Caspian Sea for almost two decades. That alone suggests potential negotiating depth needed to resolve the Ukraine/Crimea problem with Russia, emphasis on economic variables and mutually agreed geopolitical and sovereignty considerations. The wider world would celebrate it as Americans should.
What else is knowable and what might it mean for American diplomacy? Tillersons age and depth in global big picture and big power sensitivities may, in fact, dovetail exceptionally well with former General Officers likely to lead Defense, Homeland Security, and the National Security Council. Those who have been around the block, albeit in different directions, tend to know the block.
Tillersons ties include time with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Business Roundtable and Business Council, which augur in favor of balance when it comes to preserving pro-American international trade relationships and avoiding any sudden tips toward runaway protectionism. He is obviously close to Russia, but in an age where strains and miscommunication have been the hallmark of American diplomacy, with Russia and the world, there is room for improvement in that relationship, as there is with others globally.
And here is another unheralded bonus. Anyone who has spent time on the 7th floor of the U.S. State Department (and I have), knows that being Secretary of State is about one-on-ones, personal and unblinking, detailed and bilateral connectivity.
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The Dems look at their people, not even a hint of being prepared for their appointments, and must shake their heads. “Look at that Trump go...”
They’ll never tell us that.
The first thing we know about Trump’s pick for SOS is that if he picked the White House chef it would still be better than the present jerkoff, and the last jerkoff.
But..but..but...Hillary pushed the reset button. Doesn’t that count?/s
I was shocked to hear - on Charles Payne show - that Tilleson was the one who, as head of Boy Scouts, lead the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that allowed gay leaders in BSOA.
More about it, here....
why were you shocked? what is your involvement with BSA?
Read that yesterday. I don’t like it either.
The guy has first hand experience dealing with Russian government players. Can he be a strategic player? I suspect so.
We need to make headway in this nation. If we start eliminating anyone who has done something we don’t like, we’ll be down to the Democrat’s level of expertise in short order.
I don’t know what to tell you other than that.
I know some folks will disagree with the appointment. I note that the Democrats are dead set against it. If he was the Leftist’s closet insider, I doubt they would be.
Yes, I was shocked when I heard (tonight) that he was head of BSA, at that time.
I have family who grew up in Scouts.
What is YOUR affiliation?
Good read, thanks for posting.
I know Bobby. Honorable man, - good Christian man.
Like Tammy Bruce said....’he won’t be making policy’.
And that impacts SOS decisions how?
One thing is for certain that he would beat the present Secretary of State sight unseen and hands down. Tillerson probably already forgot what Kerry may have learned over the years.
I assume the Bobby you are referring to is: Robert Charles, correct?
Tillerson was not running against Kerry. A better comparison is to judge him against the four or five front-runners.
See my post #11.
That’s the point I’ve been making about a lot of these guys.
One well known wife works for Goldman Sachs, which I haven’t been happy about. Some appointments have been made with people from the firm. They work for Trump. To me, there’s a big difference.
Trump is the driving force.
Here Trump will also be the driving force.
This guy will be implementing Trump policy.
This guy is essentially a tool, in Trump’s hand.
I take it then you worked at State in some capacity or another.
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