Rex “Call Me Comrade” Tillerson and Vladimir “The Hacker” Putin
Putsch: a plotted revolt or attempt to overthrow a government, especially one that depends upon suddenness and speed.
During the spring and summer of 2016 rumors of the Russians hacking into the files of the Democratic National Committee spread throughout the land. The Republican candidate for president, acting in his usual reckless and irresponsible manner, asked the Russians to hack into Hillary Clinton’s files. This is the first and only time a candidate for the presidency requested a foreign power to interfere in an American election. And, that power did just that.
American intelligence gathering agencies found ample proof that the Russians were trying to interfere with our democratic elections. Seventeen American intelligence agencies found evidence that Putin’s Russia was making the unprecedented attack on the integrity of an American election. President Obama was rightfully concerned, and convened a secret briefing for congressional leaders, most of whom were greatly disturbed by evidence. But, not all. Certainly not the Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell who refused Obama’s request for a united, bipartisan stand against Russian hacking. No, the Senate leader, whose party professes “Country First” put his party first. But, then, it’s not like that hasn’t happened before with other issues. Just, not with Russian sabotage. But, it has paid off for McConnell. His wife, Elaine Chao, has been named by Trump to be his Secretary of Transportation, a reward so much better than a case of Russian vodka and caviar.
Now more and more information about Putin’s Putsch is coming out. As reported in the New York Times on 12 December 2016:
Did he [Putin] seek to mar the brand of American democracy, to forestall anti-Russian activism for both Russians and their neighbors? Or to weaken the next American president, since presumably Mr. Putin had no reason to doubt American forecasts that Mrs. Clinton would win easily? Or was it, as the CIA concluded last month, a deliberate attempt to elect Trump?
In fact, the Russian hack-and-dox scheme accomplished all three goals.”
Of course, Trump, our new Fearless Leader, who just told us that he’s “like a smart guy,” says that he is certain his Russian buddies would never interfere in an American election the CIA can’t be trusted and he. The “like a smart guy” said that the American CIA can’t be trusted. He didn’t mention the other 16 intelligence agencies – if, in fact, he is even aware of them.
On top of the non-stop love-fast Trump shows for Putin, he has named Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson to be the American Secretary of State. Tillerson has never had any other job in his adult life other than working for Exxon. Exxon’s financial web in Russia is vastly and lucrative, with Tillerson one of the chief spiders weaving that web. So lucrative is Exxon’s Russian investment that Tillerson criticized the American response to Russian expansion. So, when Putin invades and seizes the land of a neighbor on a scale not seen since Nazi Germany in the 1930s and 1940s, Tillerson’s over-riding concern is Exxon. Not European stability. Not global concerns over the militaristic expansion of a dictatorial government. Certainly not the concerns of the American government.
Even conservatives are alarmed with Trump’s nomination of Tillerson. Arch-conservative Charles Krauthammer is worried, stating that with Tillerson “What you’re getting is a second novice. Meaning somebody without direct foreign policy experience, and somebody who received an Order of Friendship from a guy who is not our friend and that’s a problem.” Since Putin awarded the Russian Order of Friendship to Tillerson in 2013:
Since then, Putin has invaded Ukraine, murdered 298 civilians on Malaysian Airlines Flight 17, and directed the Russian Air Force to attack aid convoys and hospitals in Syria. Yet Tillerson has remained a staunch and vocal opponent of sanctions against Russia, even as Putin’s body count continues to climb. See “Why Rex Tillerson would be a disaster as Secretary of State,” Douglas E. Schoen, Evan Roth Smith, FoxNews.com, December 13, 2016
Sen. John McCain has said it was an “award from a butcher,” and even Little Marco Rubio has serious concerns about Tillerson’s nomination on moral and political grounds.
So, if the Electoral College does chose Trump to be our next president, then the United States’ foreign policy will be in the hands of amateurs. As Rachel Maddow said: We’ll have a president with no governing or diplomatic experience, a national security advisor (Michael Flynn) with no governing or diplomatic experience, and a secretary of state (Rex Tillerson) with no governing or diplomatic experience.
But, the situation is even worse. When a resurgent Germany under Hitler began to throw its weight around, European leaders chose a policy of appeasement, hoping to tame the expansionist aims of a dictator with a massive military. Trump is getting ready to move into the Kremlin White House, and his Republican government that will take over America on January 20, 2017, is adopting an appeasement strategy with another resurgent, expansionist, dictatorial European power with a massive military – and 7,300 nuclear warheads. The prospects are chilling.