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Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Tillerson out, Pompeo in at State Department
The following article appeared in
Powerline on March 13th
President Trump has removed
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and plans to nominate CIA Director Mike Pompeo
to replace him. The move has been talked about for months.
Relations between Trump and Tillerson
have never been good. Unnamed officials say they reached a breaking point
recently, though they haven’t said why. There is speculation that Tillerson’s
statement that he believes Russia is responsible for the poisoning of a Russian
ex-pat in London may have been the last straw. Before that, though, reports
that Tillerson was not in the loop when Trump announced he would talk with Kim
Jong Un suggest he wasn’t long for the job. [Note: It has now been reported
that Trump made the decision last Friday].
Tillerson’s main credential for the
job at State seemed to be that Mitt Romney was his rival for the position. Once
in his post, it sometimes seemed like Tillerson’s primary task was distancing
himself and his department from the President. Perhaps this assessment is
unfair, though. From the outside, it’s difficult to assess a Secretary of
State’s performance in just one year.
The same is probably even more true
of a CIA Director. However, Pompeo has been in Washington for the better part
of a decade. When he took over at the CIA, his reputation among conservatives I
trust could hardly have been stronger. As far as I can tell, his time at
Langley only enhanced that reputation.
The key point, though, is that,
unlike commentators, Trump is on the inside. He has had a year to work with
Tillerson and Pompeo. I believe Pompeo briefs him on something like a daily
basis. Trump obviously finds Pompeo more able than Tillerson and more in line
with his thinking.
Candidate Trump, as an outsider
disliked by the establishment, did not have the benefit of getting to know and
hear from a wide range of foreign policy/national security practitioners. He
heard almost exclusively from the few practitioners who supported him — a
After 14 months in the White House,
Trump knows most of the non-leftist crop. He sees Pompeo as its cream. I think
At the CIA, Trump will nominate Gina
Haspel, currently the deputy director, to succeed Pompeo. If confirmed, she
will become the agency’s first female director.
I don’t know anything about Haspel,
other than that she is a career employee. According to NPR:
are all over the CIA’s detention and interrogation programs. She ran the “black
site” prison in Thailand where al-Qaida suspect Abu Zabaydah was waterboarded
83 times. Those sessions were videotaped but the tapes were destroyed in 2005,
two years after a member of Congress called on the CIA to preserve such tapes.
Who wrote the cable
ordering their destruction? Gina Haspel.
NPR goes on to report, however, that
Haspel did not order the destruction of the tapes according to CIA officials
past and present. John Bennett says: “This [the destruction of the videotapes]
was not done on Gina Haspel’s authority, and I know that because I was there.”
Bennett also says:
I don’t know anybody
who joined the CIA to run an interrogation program,” he continued, “But in the
aftermath of 9/11, Gina Haspel and other colleagues stepped up to what is
frankly a dirty job – because they were repeatedly assured that it was not only
legal but necessary for the safety of the country. And they did it – Gina did
it – because they felt it was their duty.
That speaks well of her, in my
opinion. Expect a bloody confirmation battle, though.