Will Pompeo Help Push Trump’s Mindless Agenda?

Mar 20, 2018

Tillerson may have been an ineffective secretary of state, but there's little to celebrate in his departure.  Last week, it was reported that the White House Chief of Staff John Kelly warned Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that President Donald Trump will take “imminent action” if he did...

The Magical, Mystery Tour of the Middle East

Feb 19, 2018

One of the many unique advantages America still has — if it chooses to exercise it — is its remarkable convening power. Reflecting on his predecessors’ Middle East efforts dating back to Henry Kissinger in the 1970s, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s recent tour of Middle East...

The Tale of an Incompetent President and His Secretary

Oct 09, 2017

If the reports are true, Rex Tillerson was correct to call Donald Trump a moron. But that doesn't get him off the hook. It is reassuring to hear that President Donald Trump’s obdurate behavior has stupefied his own cabinet members and not just the American people. On October 4, NBC News...

America’s Values Should Guide its Foreign Policy

May 23, 2017

Without the compass of values to guide foreign policy, we descend to profit and power and sacrifice principle and people. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson addressed his State Department employees in Washington earlier this month. It was his first significant encounter with his charges since...

The Fall of North Korea

Mar 17, 2017

If Secretary Tillerson isn’t bluffing, the Kim dynasty’s days may be numbered. Breaking with what had been a quiet start to his job, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned on March 17 that the Trump administration might be forced to take preemptive action “if ...