What does everyone think of Trump's Sec. of State candidates? Please post your replies. They seem to be all over the board. A recent article from Politico serves as a decent starting point:http://www.politico.com/story/2016/12/trump-secretary-of-state-candidates-differences-232310
The 10 names being floated for the Foggy Bottom position are: former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton; Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.); former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani; former ambassador to China Jon Huntsman; Sen. Joe Manchin, a conservative Democrat from West Virginia; retired Army Gen. David Petraeus; GOP Rep. Dana Rohrabacher of California; former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney; retired Navy Adm. James Stavridis; and Rex Tillerson, the chief executive of Exxon Mobil Corp.
“The fact that Trump is auditioning uber-hawks and tempered internationalists, flamethrowers, statesmen and oilmen shows how much of the style and substance of Trump’s foreign policy remain up for grabs,” said Daniel Benaim, a former adviser to outgoing Vice President Joe Biden."
That remains to be seen, I'd say. Who he interviews isn't by any means who he nominates. Perhaps he is from the "You can learn something from everybody" school.
Here some politico thoughts (in quotes), and a few of my emendations, about these guys:
John Bolton: "The most obvious flash point is the nuclear deal that the Obama administration and several other governments struck with Tehran in July 2015. The would-be secretaries of state who spoke out about the deal either denounced or expressed reservations about it; even Manchin bucked Obama, a fellow Democrat, and opposed the deal. (Just a few months before the deal was announced, Bolton argued that the best way to stop Iran's nuclear program was to bomb the country.)" This guy has been a jingoist war-hawk, no matter what the war, from way back - sometimes on what seem to be pretty thin grounds.
Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.): "Corker, for instance, helped author a law that allows for the U.S. to give Ukraine lethal military aid and expand sanctions on Moscow." The guys who took over the Ukraine do seem rather vicious, and at least a touch neo-Fascist; IMHO. Corker voted against an audit of the Fed, and for :http://www.thenewamerican.com/freedomindex/profile.php?id=c001071
"Is there any further Tennessee connection to a globalist organization and agenda? Let’s see. The junior senator from Tennessee is Bob Corker, who was mentored by CFR members Frist and Alexander. (This writer personally spoke with Alexander at a fund-raiser for Corker.) Upon his inauguration, Corker was sworn in by CFR member Vice President Dick Cheney. There certainly seems to be a pattern."
from WND: http://www.wnd.com/2007/05/41680/
New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani: see my posts on him elsewhere in this forum. The best place he could be is giving the FBI his story as a first-hand witness to many events in the 9/11 plot; and probably as a co-conspirator, in exchange for a plea bargain.
Jon Huntsman: "former ambassador to China". - That would be Obama's ambassador to China. I thought we trying to move away from trade policies so free they don't protect our industries. From Newsweek:
"Warning that the party was losing young voters, he argued that Republicans would need to tack to the middle on three hot-button issues if they were to maintain national relevance: immigration, gay rights, and the environment."http://europe.newsweek.com/manchurian-candidate-66823?rm=eu
From Wikipedia: "In June 2008 Corker was among the 36 senators who voted against a cloture motion needed to allow the further progress of the Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act, a measure to set up a 'cap-and-trade' framework to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the United States." Corker is a Global Warming Scam buyer. It also seems like he's wrong on immigration.
Sen. Joe Manchin, "a conservative Democrat from West Virginia;" "Manchin, meanwhile, has been extremely wary of Chinese economic competition; he's among a group of senators trying to block the takeover of a U.S. aluminum products company by a Chinese firm." Sounds encouraging, to me.
Gen. David Petraeus: "Stavridis and Petraeus, both military men, have come out against the use of waterboarding and other forms of torture that Trump has said he'd like to bring back." That sounds like a good thing, to me.
GOP Rep. Dana Rohrabacher of California: "Rohrabacher is considered Putin’s biggest ally in Congress, and his office has made a point to get Russia’s perspective on human rights into the record." Let's not forget that he's CEO of Exxon Mobil.
former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney: Lessee: In the republican primary debate in 2012, I believe it was, where McCain was singing, "Bomb, bomb, bomb ... bomb, bomb Iran!", Romney was every bit as much for doing the same - in both cases with Nukes. Remember when Hillary said, "When I am president, I want the people of Iran to know we will destroy them."?
retired Navy Adm. James Stavridis: "Stavridis and Petraeus, both military men, have come out against the use of waterboarding and other forms of torture that Trump has said he'd like to bring back." That sounds like a good thing, to me. Non-psychopathic, and all that mumbo-jumbo. "Stavridis has been a particularly strong advocate of the TPP, seeing the agreement as a means to keep China in check." Not so helpful.
Rex Tillerson: "Tillerson doesn’t have an extensive record on China policy, but he is a staunch proponent of free trade, even serving as a member of the Emergency Committee for American Trade, a group that strongly supports expanding international trade." Not exactly protectionist trade policy material. There is:http://www.motherjones.com/blue-marble/2012/06/rex-tillerson-thinks-youre-all-overreacting-climate-change
"Exxon CEO Thinks You're All Overreacting to Climate Change"
Kudos for not believing the scam until scientists can excise the hoax(es) and falsified better from the global climate debate. I'm not sure if he would be the most objective person to decide the question, however. He is quoted:
"What do you want to do if we think the future has sea level rising four inches, six inches? Where are the impacted areas, and what do you want to do to adapt to that? And as human beings as a -- as a -- as a species, that's why we're all still here. We have spent our entire existence adapting, OK? So we will adapt to this. Changes to weather patterns that move crop production areas around -- we'll adapt to that. It's an engineering problem, and it has engineering solutions. And so I don't -- the fear factor that people want to throw out there to say we just have to stop this, I do not accept."
"Exxon CEO Thinks You're All Overreacting to Climate Change"http://www.motherjones.com/blue-marble/2012/06/rex-tillerson-thinks-youre-all-overreacting-climate-change
One person whose name I wish I would see tossed into the mix:
General Wesley Clark: Warned the public of a plan to take out seven Muslim countries in five years, see:
"General Wesley Clark: Wars Were Planned - Seven Countries In Five Years"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RC1Mepk_Sw
This was about ten days after 9/11, and culpability for all these countries in 9/11 had by no means been established so soon. This shows he was not part of this plot, was taken aback by it, and wanted to warn the country of it. That makes him something of a hero for an informed voting public.
Anybody else have anything to contribute on the Sec. Of State nominees, or ones you'd like to see? Any candidate that isn't CFR or intimately involved with CFR people would be progress. Alex one day said we haven't had a non-CFR Sec. of State since FDR. Someone who isn't a puppet of the bankers who pull the strings there would be nice; but Wesley Clark would be a great non-war hawk while yet having a great interest in keeping the US safe.