Monday, August 7, 2017

A paragraph that explains Why Trump

A paragraph that explains Why Trump

Roger Cohen wrote a piece in Sunday's New York Times bemoaning the departure of career diplomats from the State Department. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is in charge, and he is shrinking staff.

From Cohen:
An exodus is underway. Those who have departed include Nancy McEldowney, the director of the Foreign Service Institute until she retired last month, who described to me “a toxic, troubled environment and organization”; Dana Shell Smith, the former ambassador to Qatar, who said what was most striking was the “complete and utter disdain for our expertise”; and Jake Walles, a former ambassador to Tunisia with some 35 years of experience. “There’s just a slow unraveling of the institution,” he told me.
The 8,000 Foreign Service officers are not sure how to defend American values under a president who has entertained the idea of torture, shown contempt for the Constitution, and never met an autocrat who failed to elicit his sympathy. Trump seems determined to hollow out the State Department in a strange act of national self-amputation.
From the inside looking out, the changes are disturbing -- and unfair -- and unjust -- and wrong.

They worked hard.

They put country first.

They did their job.

But from the outside looking in, the institution needs unraveling. The Department of State has failed the American people.

In the last four decades, America has gone from revered and feared to jeered.

The last standing super-power is cuckolded by North Korea, Iran, and Libya.

This is nothing personal. This is business. After eight years of Marxist apologists in the White House (Obama) and at State (Clinton and Kerry) Americans had it. No more politicians. Bring in the businessmen. If you can run Exxon, then you can run State.

What experience did his predecessors have? They were senators? They ran a staff of 50 people?

Hahaha. Exxon has 73,500 employees.

But journalists today are myopic and superstitious. They know nothing of business, but they are familiar with government. Naturally, they think government experience is superior.

Cohen's feelings do not matter.

His facts do. He ended his 2,230-word defense of the status quo ended with a paragraph that undid his argument:
My friend Chris Stevens, who did not die in Libya for a business deal, would have approved of those words.
No, Ambassador Stevens died because of bad political decisions by people seduced by their own brilliance who magically believed in the purity of the Muslim Brotherhood. They bombed the hell out of Libya, and turned it into a chaotic mess that now threatens to destabilize Italy as its refugees overwhelm that nation.

Stevens died because Secretary Clinton refused to allow the 173rd Airborne to rescue him.

Stevens died because Secretary Clinton forgot it was the 11th anniversary of 9/11.

Stevens died because Secretary Clinton made an irrational decision to overthrow Gadhafi.

And no one in that vaunted Department of State -- none of that cadre of hundreds of career diplomats stood up and spoke out against Secretary Clinton's catastrophic tenure.

The Department of State failed Ambassador Stevens, and maybe it was not the fault of those who depart or those who stay in misery.

But Benghazi was a failure. Americans want better. The false smear about a business deal comes from a man who ignored the political cover-up of a video causing this.

That lie actually made excuses for his killers. What kind of Secretary of State sides with the killers of an ambassador? Hillary is one sick puppy.

And a complete disaster at State followed by another calamity: John Kerry. His response to terrorism in Paris was to bring James Taylor to France to sing "You've Got a Friend."

Just like the French sent Maurice Chevalier to sing songs from "Gigi." Ah yes, I remember it well.

On November 8, the experts missed the election because they missed what actually happened to America. It was not one thing. It was many. America was once great. We elected Trump to make America great again.

I trust those 30-year careerists will enjoy a nice retirement. Federal pensions are enviable.

Retirement is fun. Instead of moping about the past and fretting about the future, wish the new regime good luck and move on.

At any rate, they are gone, and that is great for the country.

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