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#299426 - 03/10/17 05:18 AM Removal Of State Dept Senior Non-partisin Russia Experts!
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Removal of Most Senior Russia expert from State Dept!

I am no tinfoil hat type,

but jettisoning all of the senior State Dept Russia experts, who have been in the room, the situation room that is, since 1977, can only rationally be explained by an administration that wants no adults to help understand or counter the Russian manipulation, of its fantasy useful idiot! Try diagramming that sentence! The meaning of this is more alarming than anything we have seen in many decades. Joe McCarthy would be rolling in his grave in Appleton Wisconsin, where some friends and I had a little dancing picnic in the late 60's, as we were passing through. In addition to the dancing very proximate to, like on top, of his final resting place, refreshments were served and a burnt offering was purrformed in his "honor". A fun time was had by all.Those were the 60's!
Conservatives are still mightily pissed off, that they missed the decade of sex, drugs, and Rock and Roll, and ended up with the church-lady.
But I digress... These recent event could not be more serious for patriotic Americans!

Tat


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Even the fact that Fried left as America’s most senior diplomat reflected the Trump-imposed tumult; until a few weeks ago, he was the third most senior career official at the State Department, but then Trump cashiered the two top officials ahead of Fried, dumping them unceremoniously in his first week in office and leaving key posts open.


‘Don’t Be So Desperate to Rub up Against Russia’

America’s longest-serving diplomat has some parting advice for President Donald Trump.


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America’s most senior diplomat just hit the exits from President Trump’s melting-down State Department after 40 years of being the man in the room when Russia was involved.

And now Daniel Fried, a career Foreign Service pro who spent decades holding his tongue publicly while serving six presidents of both parties, is speaking out forcefully for the first time amid an escalating scandal here in Washington over the new administration’s Russia entanglements, warning about the threats posed by President Vladimir Putin’s aggression – and Trump’s “America First” foreign policy.

“Russia despises the West. And it is doing what it can to weaken the West,” Fried says in a new interview for The Global Politico podcast, his first extensive comments since leaving government. I had asked Fried, who until a week ago was the top diplomat responsible for overseeing American sanctions imposed on Russia in the wake of its 2014 armed takeover of Crimea and ongoing military incursions in Ukraine, about the Russian intervention in last year’s U.S. presidential election, an intervention now the subject of multiple congressional and law-enforcement inquiries as to whether the Trump campaign knew about or colluded with the Russians in any way.

Fried, known to his colleagues as an indefatigable negotiator and history buff, warned that the Russians are intent upon reconquering more former Soviet territory and won’t stop unless strongly countered by the U.S. “They are rapacious, because they want back as much of their empire as they can grab. And we need to resist that.”

The last serving member of a generation of Foreign Service officers who saw the Cold War to a successful ending in Russia and Eastern Europe, Fried closed his career with the State Department he loved in what many officials have described as nothing short of demoralized turmoil, and he rallied the increasingly disgruntled diplomats with a rousing goodbye speech that warned both of a Cold War victory “under assault” by a resurgent Russia and of the new Trumpian vision of American nationalism. “The option of a white man’s republic ended at Appomattox,” he said, in remarks that were widely shared afterwards.

Tony Blinken, the State Department No. 2 under President Barack Obama, called Fried’s exit speech a “powerful defense of the liberal international order.” Damon Wilson, a colleague from President George W. Bush’s administration, said it was a “clarion call for the U.S. to lead.”

It came as foreign policy hands in both parties are increasingly concerned about the marginalization of the State Department under Trump. The president has already cut his new secretary of state, longtime ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson, out of key meetings; proposed a massive cut of up to 37 percent of the department’s budget; fired top career officials while refusing to allow Tillerson to name his own staff for key positions; and turned to a national security staff long on uniformed generals and short on diplomats and civilian expertise.

Even the fact that Fried left as America’s most senior diplomat reflected the Trump-imposed tumult; until a few weeks ago, he was the third most senior career official at the State Department, but then Trump cashiered the two top officials ahead of Fried, dumping them unceremoniously in his first week in office and leaving key posts open.




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#299427 - 03/10/17 05:57 AM Re: Removal Of State Dept Senior Non-partisin Russia Experts! [Re: TatumAH]
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#299429 - 03/10/17 10:02 AM Re: Removal Of State Dept Senior Non-partisin Russia Experts! [Re: Greger]
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Originally Posted By: Greger

Yeah...no kidding!!! gobsmacked , coffee
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