By Jerome S. Kaufman
The New York Times yesterday came out with a list of what they believe is a likely list of possible President-Elect Trump’s picks for Secretary of State. It is a formidable list — full of very qualified men and I hesitate to pick between them.
Who, except an enemy of our United States returning to greatness, could argue with the likes of John Bolton, Newt Gingrich, Rudy Giuliani? Not me.
I do have certain reservations about the others.
Relative to Senator Corker I will never forgot listening to him being interviewed well before the election as to what role he might fulfill in a new administration. Listening to Corker was painful and I shuddered when I saw his name on the NYT list as a possible pick.
The interviewer happened to be very sympathetic to a possible Republican administration and tried to draw Corker out. She deliberately gave him multiple soft question opportunities to present the Party in a good light and to conjecture as to his own possible role.
In response, Senator Corker was actually tongue tied. He was not of quick wit and did not appear comfortable with any sort of direct questioning. He seemed afraid to say anything —especially any thing that might incriminate him in any way at some future time.
The whole interview was pathetic — to the point that it is still painfully engraved in my mind. I can remember praying at the time that this guy never be a spokesperson for the Republicans or the USA.
As to Zalmay Khalizad, I have no knowledge of him but any one already contaminated by previous membership in the US State department especially one already Ambassador and party to the disastrous results in Afghanistan should be, to my mind, immediately disqualified.
As to General McChrystal, he has an excellent reputation as a military man but I don’t know that automatically transcends into the diplomatic corps He also has a previous association, whether good or bad, with the Afghanistan fiasco which may present an unnecessary diplomatic complication
As the New York Times states “Whether Mr. Trump picks an ideologue or a seasoned foreign policy hand from past Republican administrations, his challenge will be that the State Department is the centerpiece of the post-1945 experiment of alliance-building and globalism, which Mr. Trump said he would dismantle.”
Mr. Trump, of course, has said a lot of things during the campaign but I am sure he was speaking primarily against globalism as the some sort of religious dogma adopted by the Left.
On the other hand. I am also sure he will try diligently to rebuild our long standing alliances that Obama deliberately destroyed in his calculated “leading from behind” and his unique congenital loyalty to Islam.
As to Secretary of State, I still love John Bolton and wrote about him just a couple of days ago. The segment from that article is reprinted below.
But, please understand, I would not argue for one second if the choice were Newt Gingrich or Rudy Giuliani. I would follow either of those guys anywhere. As a matter of fact, in the past, I have supported both of their runs, at different times, to be President of the United States.
Please find below some of my previous remarks relative to the pathetic US State Dept. itself and the candidacy of the imminently qualified John Bolton.
“Most important, do not allow anyone to remain or be re-appointed from the H W Bush State Department and who often continued on to the Bill Clinton’s State Department. These are the same people that were part of the State Department when Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State. These are the people that promoted the disastrous Iran Nuclear Deal. Need I say more?
Unfortunately, the State Department has also most often taken a decidedly anti-Israel slant and, in the process, frequently defended the positions of our enemies rather than the best interests of Israel and consequently are own country.
Ambassador John Bolton — Secretary of State
He is a former Ambassador to the UN and was forced out by the fanatics on the Left — especially since he had done an amazing first year job. Unfortunately, the weakening, pusillanimous President George W.Bush succumbed to the mindless Left and withdrew his nomination.
Ambassador Bolton knows the nations of the world upside down and backwards. He needs no on the job training And, he is no fool. He is a patriotic American who knows all the machinations of our many adversaries and could step immediately and comfortably into the job —which is exactly what we need in these extremely perilous international times Again, thank you to, soon to be, Mr. Barack Obama.
Jerome S. Kaufman, Editor/Publisher
Israel Commentary www.israel-commentary.org
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