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    Also the NI envoy is being scrapped.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dame_Enda View Post
    Also the NI envoy is being scrapped.
    That fate has already befallen the AfPak envoy, which was scrapped abruptly. Which is a really smart thing to do when you're engaged in a war in Afghanistan, want to convince Pakistan to do what you want it to do and don't yet even have an ambassador for Afghanistan in place (although, to be fair, by the end of July the Trump administration actually got around to nominating one). Thankfully the ambassadorship to Pakistan isn't held by political appointees, so someone has been in place there from the start. Now if only there were an assistant secretary in place for the region and the career officer currently filling in for that position hadn't been transferred to another position.... Leaving the relevant bureau without even interim leadership.

    State Department to Scrap Afghanistan-Pakistan Envoy | Foreign Policy
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    Quote Originally Posted by Justinian View Post
    “If you wanted to actually set out to break American diplomacy, this is how you’d do it,” - Reuben Brigety.
    My complements on an excellent OP, quite the thing to note that Tillerson isn't getting on as well as his quiet demeanour and lack of controversy is suggesting. On a broader scope, all I can wonder in this era is what the ongoing damage to America's standing in the International community will amount to when this dumpster fire as the yanks would call it finally is put out. While everyone focuses on Russia for tripping the American's up, all I can see is advantage China to a point where American strategists are now very much kept awake at night.

    Now would be an extremely good time for Europe to get it's sh1t together as well, the Euro is still susceptible to shock and the federalists seem to think they can plough ahead with their ideas of Pax Europa through federal military integration even though however recent elections have shown how shaky the public's acceptance of United States of Europe is.

    Interesting times, at this rate it's a matter of China simply not messing things up. Discount the Russians, third rate economy but first class hacks, they can make a mess but they won't be creating a new superpower anytime soon.
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    Now would be a really good time to nominate an ambassador to South Korea, an Assistant Secretary of State for Asia and, while we're at it, also an Assistant Secretary of State at Defense. I won't hold my breath though...
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    A story from The Washington Post Friday said that Trump has become “increasingly frustrated” with the former ExxonMobil chief executive, who the president sees as “totally establishment” in his handling of world affairs, according to a Trump associate. Multiple sources told The Post it would be a surprise of Tillerson made it through next January, while one person close to Trump said his exit may be “imminent.”
    With some luck, Tillerson may soon be out. Hopefully it'll happen coupled with Trump showing some good judgment in the selection of his replacement. Would be better still if Trump showed a modicum of knowledge of the (importance of the) State Department too. One can dream that it'll happen, right?

    Will Rex Tillerson be Fired By Trump? Secretary of State
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    https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/...75314830249984

    This tweet is a good example of how poorly Trump grasps the role of the State Department. A meeting on a foreign policy issue with the military, but no apparent involvement from those who are meant to run US foreign policy.

    Dangerous incompetence for the US and this marginalization is very bad for the State Department as well.
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    Apparently there are quite some rumors going around State that Tillerson's time is up. That'd be nice.
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    Senate Appropriations Committee attempts to slam the door on Trump-Tillerson's 'reorganization' of State:

    https://twitter.com/RobBerschinski/s...27129298874369
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    The State Department shuttered an office that oversees sanctions policy, even as the Donald Trump administration faced criticism from lawmakers over its handling of new economic penalties against Russia.

    Secretary of State Rex Tillerson eliminated the Coordinator for Sanctions Policy office, which had been led by a veteran ambassador-rank diplomat with at least five staff, as part of an overhaul of the department, former diplomats and congressional sources told Foreign Policy.

    Instead, the role of coordinating U.S. sanctions across the State Department and other government agencies now falls to just one mid-level official — David Tessler, the deputy director of the Policy Planning Office.
    Yet another example of how poorly the State Department is being led.

    State Department Scraps Sanctions Office – Foreign Policy
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    Its for the government to run the show and the departments to do what they are told. Drain that swamp
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