DONALD TRUMP’S CABINET PICKS: ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis, Yes! Rex Tillerson? No

Written by Michael Cummings on December 23, 2016

#NeverTrumpers and #NeverHillaries, we have a problem. But we knew something like this was coming, didn’t we.

Along the lines of Ben Shapiro’s Good Trump/Bad Trump, when President-Elect Donald Trump picked United States Marine Corps General James Mattis for Secretary of Defense, we knew only the stupid would oppose this choice. Mattis is a solid military hero and strategist who will put back some of the spine we lost in a good chunk of our military leadership under the leadership of Barack Obama. The odds are well in our favor that our military will lose its burden as social petri dish, and return to its primary purpose: Destroy things, and protect our interests.

Then there’s Rex Tillerson, Trump’s pick for Secretary of State.

From State’s Web site:

The primary goal of the Secretary of State and the U.S. Department of State is to shape a freer, more secure, and more prosperous world through formulating and implementing the President’s foreign policy, while supporting and protecting American interests abroad.

If we are to believe their stated purpose, we have to assume shaping a freer, more secure, and more prosperous world requires (at times) military force. So how do we square Mad Dog Mattis (also called “Warrior Monk” and “Chaos”) to someone like Tillerson who believes in man-made global warming, brought homosexuality into the Boy Scouts of America, and essentially is an unknown entity on the Israeli-Palestinian issue? Then there’s Tillerson’s friendship with Vladimir Putin, a tyrant who has amassed an estimated $40 Billion net worth simply by being a tyrant.

What’s wrong with being friends with bad people? Oh, I don’t know, maybe because it’s wrong to be friends with bad people. On an individual level, being friends with unsavory characters has a big chance of ruining your character. On a global scale, it means millions of people – US and foreigners alike — adversely affected. It’s too bad this has to be said, but calling Putin a tyrant doesn’t mean we begin bombing in five minutes. It does mean we take hard positions against his behavior like claiming the Arctic for Russia and invading sovereign countries like Georgia and Crimea – all intended to boost the economic and military resources of Mother Russia.

You could say Putin is a businessman who makes deals (or else), so what we need is a hard core diplomat like John Bolton to be hard core against those deals, and James Mattis at his back to be a mad dog when necessary.

If you like the idea of Tillerson at State, consider this:
• The sanctions we had on Iran were working. They weren’t able to afford much
• Barack Obama’s dark-of-night $400 Million cash dump was the same as if someone had given us ~$5 Trillion
• Iran does all sorts of business with Russia
• Candidate Donald Trump said he will rip up the Iran Deal on Day 1

With Tillerson and Putin good friends, how much pressure do you think will come from Foggy Bottom to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons to use against Israel and the US – Iran’s stated goal? As it looks right now, not much.

On Rex Tillerson, the answer should be no.

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Michael Cummings
Michael A. Cummings has a Bachelors in Business Management from St. John's University in Collegeville, MN, and a Masters in Rhetoric & Composition from Northern Arizona University. He has worked as a department store Loss Prevention Officer, bank auditor, textbook store manager, Chinese food delivery man, and technology salesman. Cummings wrote position pieces for the 2010 Trevor Drown for US Senate (AR) and 2012 Joe Coors for Congress (CO) campaigns.