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If ever there was evidence that the media and the incoming Trump team inhabit alternate universes, it would be Jennifer Rubin's Wednesday article expressing mystification and horror at the idea of Rex Tillerson becoming Secretary of State.
To get a sense of what this Rubin creature is like, we advise watching 'Can't Cuck the Tuck' Tucker Carlson take her apart yesterday on his show on Fox, which is becoming something of boxing ring, with Carlson thus far victorious, sending his opponents off badly bloodied.
In this highly entertaining episode, he demonstrates very convincingly that she states rather serious 'facts' without providing any evidence, otherwise known as 'making things up'.
Rubin is just a product of the completely out-of-touch Washington media world, a relatively minor cog, a little drummer girl marching to the neocon tune which emits daily from Mr. Bezos' awful and widely detested publication. In the article she names the preposterous John Bolton or Mitt Romney as great possible choices. Then she whines about Mike Flynn's 'Russia-toadying.'
She really doesn't want Tillerson to get the job, apparently echoing the opinion of her bosses, so she proceeds to point out that he would never get confirmed, that he has financial conflicts of interest, and that the environmentalists hate him.
But most damningly, she argues that he is way too fond of Russia and Putin, quoting first the Wall Street Journal:
'Friends and associates said few U.S. citizens are closer to [Russian President Vladimir] Putin than Mr. Tillerson, who has known Mr. Putin since he represented Exxon’s interests in Russia during the regime of Boris Yeltsin.
“He has had more interactive time with Vladimir Putin than probably any other American with the exception of Henry Kissinger,” said John Hamre, a former deputy defense secretary during the Clinton administration and president of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington think tank where Mr. Tillerson is a board member.
In 2011, Mr. Tillerson struck a deal giving Exxon access to prized Arctic resources in Russia as well as allowing Russia’s state oil company, OAO Rosneft, to invest in Exxon concessions all over the world. The following year, the Kremlin bestowed the country’s Order of Friendship decoration on Mr. Tillerson.'
And then adding:
'Gulp. Oh, and he publicly spoke out against sanctions against Russia.'
And then to finish off:
So why in the world would Trump be considering this guy? Maybe the people-pleaser Trump is trying to butter up whoever recommended Tillerson. That said, his nomination would be a disaster, one that could enrage anti-Russia hawks in both parties and anger both climate-change believers and deniers. In short, the only person who would like this nomination would be — you guessed it — Putin.
Wow, these full-tilt neocon toadies at the Washington Post shouldn't be calling others toadies, and still don't get it. They have no idea how yesterday they are.
Here is an interesting article from March 2014 Forbes describing the Tillerson - Putin 'bromance':
ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson has a good relationship with Vladimir Putin. If you do a Google image search for the two men, you'll see a dozen shots of them together, looking in each others' eyes, smiling, laughing, shaking hands.
They have a lot in common. Both men run autocratic, secretive, oil-based, global operations. And they like each other enough that they've joined forces in perhaps the biggest joint venture in the global oil industry. At a time when Putin has shown nothing but contempt for all other high-level American leaders, here's hoping that the Tillerson-Putin "bromance" (and the threat of having it broken up by Washington sanctions) can help keep the Russian President from doubling down on crazy.
Sounds to us like Trump is doubling down on his stated intention to get along great with Russia. He basically just told the neocons to go jump in a lake.
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