In his introduction of Tillerson, who has been the CEO and Chairman of Exxon-Mobil just since 2006, Donald Trump, in his normally ignorant flair for over-hype, boasted that Tillerson had “built a very large company”. As usual, facts just seem to escape Trump; because, Exxon (Esso, Standard Oil) has been around for more than a hundred years.
Mr. Tillerson has been touted by Trump for his Foreign Affairs experience. Well, yes, he did spend a significant portion of his career overseas, mostly in Russia and Yemen—two Petrodollar States. But, does Trump really believe that Putin and his Communist Cronies were: intent upon meeting the physical needs of the Russian people; maintaining democratic ideas, such as human rights and open media; having peaceful relations with neighboring countries; understanding the U. S. Laws, regarding the transfer of state-of-the-art technology to foreign governments; etc? Hell, Trump didn’t even know himself, until recently, that Russia had, in fact, invaded Ukraine—the Crimean Peninsula!
Mr. Tillerson, like any corporate executive, was primarily interested in generating revenue for Exxon-Mobil, and growing its market share overseas. Mr. Tillerson’s goal to rise through the ranks at Exxon, was based upon his meeting both personal and corporate goals. Besides, that’s what his paycheck, bonus and stock options were based upon! That’s just routine corporate goal-setting.
In fact, when the West increased the economic sanctions on Russia in 2014—after it had annexed Crimea and orchestrated the civil war in Eastern Ukraine—that hurt Mr. Tillerson, both personally and professionally. The increased sanctions blocked the planned transfer of advanced energy technology to Russia, as well as Exxon’s gaining access to key sections of the Russian Arctic for exploration. And so, Mr. Tillerson’s sole experience was as an Exxon-Man—not as someone who knew much more about Diplomacy than any other business traveller!
Rex Tillerson is just one more miscast nominee for key positions in the Trump Administration. Donald Trump has truly assembled a rogues’ gallery—of Goldman Sachs bankers, pro-Business/anti-Labor billionaires, and Beltway Insiders—rather than the types of people who would try to improve the lives of Working Class Americans—namely those who voted Trump into Office. In fact, just about every one of Trump’s nominees seems intent on working counter to the stated goals of the very departments which they are supposed to lead!
And that brings me to Donald Trump’s admiration for Russia, and its President, Vladimir Putin. In a prior blog post, I noted that the Pentagon, in its long-range National Defense planning–or “Third Offset Strategy”–lists Russia, far and away, as America’s most dangerous global adversary. But, why hasn’t any of this sunk-in for Donald Trump to process yet? The CIA’s Daily Intelligence Briefings, which he has declined, might have helped!
Trump’s oldest son, Donald, Jr., has boasted that the Trump Organization receives revenue from Russia on a regular basis. Shouldn’t we know, from whom and how much? And, when Donald hosted the 2013 Miss Universe Pageant, in Moscow, President Putin cancelled, but all of the Oligarchs—Putin’s closest friends—sat at Trump’s table.
Trump’s former Campaign Manager, Paul Manafort, had Viktor Yanukovych, the former President of Ukraine, as a client for his Kiev consulting business. Yanukovych, by the way, later fled to Moscow, when Ukraine shifted away from Russia, and toward the Western Alliance. And now, the CIA has reported that Russia, along with WikiLeaks, had conspired to block Secretary Hillary Clinton from winning the 2016 Election, while advancing Donald J. Jump toward the Presidency.
So, the question remains: why is Mr. Tillerson being nominated to become America’s Chief Diplomat, when he has no experience whatsoever in Foreign Relations? His primary, and perhaps only, credential appears to be his long relationship with Vladimir Putin? Granted, Rex Tillerson knows the Energy Business, inside-out. But, his close “personal” relationship with President Putin is presumably a symbiotic one—Russia has substantial oil and gas reserves; Energy is virtually Russia’s only source of Dollars; and Russia needs access to Exxon’s advanced technological engineering prowess. And, Exxon can help!
Initially, the early Nominations to Trump’s Inner Circle—Reince Priebus and Steve Bannon—were just ludicrous. And then, they shifted from ridiculous to highly-questionable. But now, Trump’s miscast team of Ideologues is beginning to look potentially dangerous—regardless of your political leanings.
Remember, the Electoral College, which votes on December 19, was devised by our Founding Fathers, specifically to serve as a check on the Presidential Election, in case the “Sense (Vote) of the People” might lead to Tumult and Disruption. If there ever were a case for the Electoral College to act: This is it!