Tillersen connivings behind the tapestry

Not sure what else to call these shenanigans (probably another term which needs explanation, given the obvious resonances….), but how else to detail the writhings to get the head of Exxon Mobil, with his dubious Russia connections, not to mention his global warming attitudes, which are all over the map into the position of secretary of state.

From an article in the Washington Post:

Tillerson is opposed by many Republicans and Democrats who are suspicious of his perceived close ties to Russian President Vladi­mir Putin, who has worked with ExxonMobil on energy deals.

Yet he is also backed by a small army of hawkish GOP luminaries and deep-pocketed donors. Robert M. Gates, a former CIA director and former defense secretary, personally recommended Tillerson in a meeting with Trump. Condoleezza Rice, the former secretary of state, made the same recommendation to Vice President-elect Mike Pence.

What is not clear is whether these Republicans are working with Trump’s blessing or cooperation — or whether, instead, they are freelancing their own agenda to promote an official they favor for Trump’s administration. Rice and Gates run a consulting firm that counts ExxonMobil as a client. Some emissaries say they are acting on their own while others say they have been nudged to reach out by those shepherding Tillerson’s nomination. A Trump transition spokesman did not respond to request for comment.

Interesting wielding of power behind the smoke screen of mindless tweets, regarding who is for the prez-to-be and what measures are being employed to piggyback on the mad twitterer’s measures to get whatever these other centers of power are looking for.

Keep on rockin’ in the weirdly entitled free world. One was never sure of W’s use of the term the free world given that the not-free world had disappeared with the fall of the Berlin Wall.

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