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Monday, November 13, 2017

Foggy Bottom breakdown

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's draining of the State Department -- aka Foggy Bottom -- just kicked into high gear. The government will offer 641 workers up to $25,000 each just to leave.

Overall he wants to pare the payroll by 1,982 people, or 8% of the workforce, according to United Press International.



All the right people are complaining:
Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, said the staff and spending cuts were "misguided given [the] need for diplomacy and Trump administration's acute lack of experience."
The American Foreign Service Association said the number of people within the department's top two ranks has decreased nearly by half from 39 to 21, and about 20 percent of those one rank lower said they plan to leave.
Lack of experience?

Tillerson has cut oil deals all over the world.

Likewise, Trump built resorts in lands across the seas.

What was Obama's experience? He once visited a mud hut in Kenya. Seriously. In the 2008 campaign he called it Mud Hut Diplomacy.

But Obama parroted the same academic idiots that the State Department lauds.

He signed off on giving Russian oligarchs 20% of U.S. production of uranium.

He bombed Libya.

He was OK with overthrowing Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

He dropped sanctions against Cuba without gaining anything.

He gave billions to Iran in unmarked bills, along with permission to build nukes.

Obama was a disaster. He did everything State told him to do.

Under Trump, the Islamic State is on the run, Kim Jong Un is being muzzled, China is investing $250 billion in U.S. industry, NAFTA is under re-negotiation, and NATO countries are paying to defend themselves.

When he's done cleaning up State, make Tillerson our national intelligence chief and revamp those agencies. Then the FBI. The VA. And then elect him to Congress.

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19 comments:

  1. 641 fewer "swamp dwellers". That's a decent start.

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  2. Round 'em up, and move 'em OUT.

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  3. Trump may have lots of foreign policy successes but he'll never get a Nobel Peace Prize like Obama did.

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    1. No, he'll actually earn it.

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    2. Did you ever wonder about that award? Worthless. Given before the deeds deserving of a award just means corruption. To the discerning eye, it was actually shameful. Think about Obama....a red diaper baby given such an honor before he could have possibly have deserved it. So that makes the Nobel committee just another bunch of socialist hacks. I wonder how long the Nobel prize has actually been "neutral"?

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    3. doesn't need fake validation.

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  4. These are all the "hang on until they run up their pension types". They get a cushy posting at headquarters and will never leave. If they won't take the polite hint of a buyout bonus send them on postings to Mali, Kazakstan, or Papua New Guinea.

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  5. That's $16 MILLION, $25,000 to get rid of excess employees? Punch their TS card, give them a crying towel, and make an appointment for them with the chaplain. As government employees they've already earned more than they any comparative private-sector employee, and no doubt more than they deserve. Why should they be mollycoddled? - Elric

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    1. Because the civil service laws will allow them to tie up any attempt to fire them for years.

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  6. Why do we need 25775 state department workers?

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    1. We needed them to stroke HRC's & jfk's ego's.

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  7. The Foreign Service employees are called "cookie pushers" for a reason.

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  8. "When he's done cleaning up State, make Tillerson our national intelligence chief and revamp those agencies. "

    Stephen Green over at Instapundit is not exactly impressed by the job Tillerson is doing over at State. I'm inclined to agree with him, but I admit a lot more can be going on behind the scenes and what we see from the outside may be incomplete..

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  9. Don't ruin a good man by sending him to Congress! What a waste of talent that would be. Put him somewhere he can continue to wield a very BIG AXE!

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  10. I'm a Tillerson fan, too, Don. Putting an engineer in there to determine when the structure is carrying too much weight is a perfect match of talent and needs.

    The elimination of staff is why the Swamp so desperately tried to create division between Trump and his Sec State. I didn't believe it and this is why. Tillerson is doing what the President tasked him to do.

    That said, he will do this job for a while then retire. The reason he is there now is patriotism and that he believes he was 'called' to do it.

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  11. $25k buyouts? Sounds like money well spent for once.

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  12. --U.S. lawmakers and military insiders are concerned by what they described as the American government’s continued arming and training of Iranian-backed fighters in Iraq, an ongoing policy that multiple sources described to the Washington Free Beacon as one of the U.S.’s chief foreign policy failures in the region.

    Top lawmakers and others have begun to present evidence showing that the State Department continues to provide widespread support for Iranian-backed militias in Iraq, a program that first begun under the Obama administration.

    This has helped solidify Iran’s presence in key Iraqi territories and appears to directly conflict with the Trump administration’s newly outlined push to combat the Islamic Republic’s regional military efforts, which have included targeting U.S. forces in Syria and other locations.

    Multiple sources who spoke to the Washington Free Beacon both on and off the record accused the State Department of making “common cause” with the IRGC, which they say has benefited from ongoing American efforts to arm and train Iraqi militia groups, many of which have direct ties to Iran.

    These sources pointed to the continued presence of senior Obama administration officials in government as one of the primary drivers of this ongoing policy.--

    https://pjmedia.com/instapundit/280769/

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  13. Give them enough rope and let them hang themselves. The Iranians seem to be on the ascendant, but in doing so have stretched themselves out in long arc. We can now deal with them piecemeal. What training we may have provided won't give them the ability to stand up effectively against U.S. ground, air, and naval forces if we want to really put the screws to them. And that time is growing near. - Elric

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  14. Long past time the bureaucrats started feeling the kind of economic pressures with which we in the private sector have had to contend lo these many decades. The public's "servants" have no right to live better than their supposed masters.

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