A paragraph that explains Why Trump, by Don Surber.
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.
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.