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Exodus of Resistance? Entire Senior Staff at Trump's State Department 'Unexpectedly' Resigns


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Exodus of Resistance? Entire Senior Staff at Trump's State Department 'Unexpectedly' Resigns

Jon Queally, staff writer

In what some are interpreting as a collective—and "unexpected"—expression of dissent aimed President Donald Trump and his newly-confirmed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the entire senior management at the State Department reportedly resigned from their positions early Wednesday afternoon.

"It's unclear why exactly these officials resigned in every case, but it seems certain that they didn’t agree with the direction Trump and Tillerson are taking our foreign policy."
—Naomi Ages, Greenpeace


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As emperor, George Soros would be much better than Rex Tillerson.


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Tillerson is probably a bad choice for Secretary of State. But at least he has one good thing going for him -- he is not a diehard neocon. He will likely be less interested in having America fight wars of empire than were his predecessors -- Kerry, Clinton, Rice, and Powell. President Trump seems to oppose the neocon policy of global hegemonic power. (With Trump, it's hard to know for sure. Time will tell.)
So perhaps the reason for numerous resignations in the State Dept. is because this administration is abandoning the neocon foreign policy. The foreign policy establishment, including most of our diplomats, are hardcore neocons. We need mass resignations (or firings) in the State Dept.


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That is a hopeful way to look at it. As the Frog said as it swam across the river with a scorpion on it's back "Maybe this scorpion won't sting me in the back?"


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Here's hoping it's resistance, otherwise it rather looks like a purge.


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January 28, 2017 ... Connecticut Senator to US President: "We bomb your country creating a humanitarian nightmare then lock you inside. That's a horror movie, not a foreign policy." Tweet reported on Democracy Now. Compliment Senator Murphy - office phone 202-224-4041

Note that if one defends against terrorist invasion by the United States, the creepy US president also wants to reinstate torture and reopen secret US torture bases. This policy is actually designed to terrorize US citizens into submission.

http://www.zerowastenews.org


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Some of the guys resigning are jackasses who helped engineer the bombing of Libya & the destabilization of Syria. So it's not all bad.


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Yes, people like the neocon Kagans, Robert and his wife Vickie Nuland, have almost taken up residence at Foggy Bottom.


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Trump has already messed up relations with China and Mexico and basically declared a war against Islam. And he hasn't even been in office for a week. Perhaps these people saw the writing on the wall that this is not going end well.


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CNN is now saying that they were fired:

talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/entire-state-department-management-team-resigns-unexpectedly


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and if that's the case, and you might be right, then this isn't bad news at all. As far as I can tell, the State Department hasn't been committed to actual diplomacy in years.
They've run interference for an endless stream of violent projects of imperial pacification. They've abetted numerous state collapses and the suffering resulting from either their incompetence or collusion with the war state is staggering.
Yet, I'm supposed to 'haz a sad' that the senior bunch of rotten bananas is leaving?

I think not.

That said, I'm under no illusions about Tillerson. He's long time CFR and anyone fronting Exxon is knee deep in the imperial project. Although if that were true, then what were these people's objections? Or were they just partisan Democrats persisting in this nutty hysteria going on?

We probably should start outsourcing our government at this point. It's unlikely it could be much worse.


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Your comment does not reflect fact-based reality in any way whatsoever. If Trump is not interested in US hegemony, then why is he so keen on expanding the US's already huge military - notably its Navy?


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It also sends a loud and clear message that the head executioner is no leader. As they exited, they were heard to be singing an exit song from Sound of Music: "So long, farewell...." And with them they took a sizable and irreplaceable brain trust. Take that, schmutzfink.


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Be careful not to read too much into this until we know the facts. Were they fired or did they resign? Is Kennedy among the war hawks who are trying to start WWIII with Russia? If so, don't let the door hit you in the butt.

In any case, we need more facts before we can jump to any conclusions.


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You might be interested in this piece, "The Neocon Lament" by Philip Giraldi, http://www.unz.com/pgiraldi/the-neocon-lament/


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The expansion of the Navy is meant to assert hegemony over the Chinese, especially in the South China Sea. That move predates Trump by a couple of years and is mostly attributed to Hillary Clinton and Obama. Trump just intends to keep that plan in motion.


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we just may be witnessing a reality tee-vee version of "game of thrones" here. in a recent interview julian assange suggests (my bold)
"Hillary Clinton’s election would have been a consolidation of power in the existing ruling class of the United States. Donald Trump is not a D.C. insider, he is part of the wealthy ruling elite of the United States, and he is gathering around him a spectrum of other rich people and several idiosyncratic personalities. They do not by themselves form an existing structure, so it is a weak structure which is displacing and destabilizing the pre-existing central power network within D.C. It is a new patronage structure which will evolve rapidly, but at the moment its looseness means there are opportunities for change in the United States: change for the worse and change for the better,"

the old regime, the lancaster lions, fear an unfriendly takeover from the house of barateon. this chaotic situation just may allow the real power in a democracy--we the people--a window of opportunity. that window could slam shut any moment. let's pull together and not blow it!


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You know, your-all's characterization of the US State Dept. as a den of imperialist lizards reflects a very poor understanding of how government works. Consular services for travelers, granting of asylum for people endangered by their government, and the administration of development aid, are among the many functions of the US and other nation's State Departments or foreign ministries. Specifically, the Assistant Secretary of State for Administration, and Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs, and the office of Foreign Missions are tasked with managing the organization, and serving the needs of US travelers abroad and citizens of other nations wishing to visit the US. Sorry if all they does not fit all your spooky conspiracy theories.


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They may not necessarily have jumped. They may have been constructively pushed deliberately as part of a major realignment of US foreign policy. This dovetails with the great ambassadors exodus and the intention to withdraw from the UN.


#20

Some Progressives are devolving into the communists in Germany in the 1920s. Everything is subterfuge from people who lean their direction, but aren't pure in some particular fashion. They see conspiracies on their side everywhere, while onlookers marvel at the other side consolidating power amidst their silly arguments. It's dated, but William Shirer captures this dynamic well in the early chapters of Rise and Fall of the Third Reich. It's sad to see it here.