Why Rex Tillerson is the wrong pick for Secretary of State

Rex Tillerson is the current CEO of Exxon. He’s a likely pick as Donald Trump’s Secretary of State. You know, that job that Hillary Clinton performed so amazingly well. She had been a lawyer and a director of Walmart and, umm, politics, wasn’t it?

And so to what Tillerson does for a living. As CEO of Exxon he dos not, you might be surprised to find out, go out and help out on the rigs when they’re a bit short handed. Nor does he man the hand pumps on the weekends to make sure the oil still moves through the pipelines. His actual job is to go around the world glad handing foreign politicians so that Exxon gets to do what Exxon desires to do under reasonable conditions.

One can see why Washington DC is in meltdown at the prospect of his becoming Secretary of State. Someone with actual experience of the job under discussion? What the fuck next eh? A demand for competence in political appointees possibly? And where would that leave the Beltway Class?

The Horror, the Horror, eh?

18 thoughts on “Why Rex Tillerson is the wrong pick for Secretary of State”

  1. So Much For Subtlety

    As CEO of Exxon he dos not, you might be surprised to find out, go out and help out on the rigs when they’re a bit short handed.

    So much the worse for him and Exxon.

    This is one of the advantages of the American system. I would like to see more people with actual real life experience in the British political system. As opposed to people like George Monbiot.

  2. Well yes he glad hands and does deals, but as CEO and Chair, his dual job is basically to make money but whatever you do don’t fuck up and make sure nothing fucks up once you’re gone. One thing about an Oil CEO is that they do think strategically- 20 to 40 year time frames. He was very strategic about fracking, persuaded the Russians to let him drill their Sachalin oil for them. I’d be surprised if he can say yes- his share option bonus’s kick in after 10 years and something like that and for past ones there is claw back potential so i don’t see how you can take his financial dog out of the game.

  3. Everyone’s in a tizzy because Tillerson has committed the unpardonable sin of getting along with the Russians. American liberals are all finally interested in fighting the cold war, 25 years after the fall of the Soviet Union.

  4. “I would like to see more people with actual real life experience in the British political system.” So would I. But it should be admitted that attempts to parachute businessmen into UK govt in late middle age have usually ended badly.

    The US system has many disadvantages, but one advantage for Tillerson is that the SoS doesn’t have to accept responsibility to explain and defend his actions in parliament, or win a seat, or hold it.

  5. What’s left unsaid is that TIllerson, being the head of a huge energy concern with extensive interests in the Middle East, might just have a better understanding of the Middle East than, say, either Clinton or Kerry. Or Obama.

  6. Lord, it’s been fun watching Trump make Romney his little bitch, hasn’t it?

    And after crawling through a sewer to get himself the job, ol’ Mitt ends up with nothing more than a belly full of frog legs.

    Love it.

  7. Tillerson does more than get along with the Russians. Under Trump ExxonMobil will probably complete a $500B deal with Russia which has been held up by the current administration.

    Love trade. Hate war. Trade, esp a lot of it, reduces war as war becomes more expensive to both sides.

    Might even get more even, less one-sided, climate research, world-wide.

    GO Trump.

  8. The wailing and gnashing of teeth as it becomes more apparent that Trump is seeking to undo a lot of the previous Democratic mismanagement is wonderful to behold. Apparently he has to go along with their demands otherwise he’s being “divisive” or something. This only ever appears to work in one direction. Obama didn’t seem very keen on achieving bipartisan compromise but, as he said, elections have consequences.

  9. BiCR, the word in vogue at the moment in Australia for this sort of ratchet effect is ‘certainty’.
    “We have to pass this far reaching climate/energy/land use bill so that business has certainty. All this debate is making people nervous.”
    “Ok, it got passed and doesn’t seem to be doing much good. Can we talk about repealing it?”
    “No, you can’t even discuss it, because that would not provide certainty”.

  10. What’s left unsaid is that TIllerson, being the head of a huge energy concern with extensive interests in the Middle East, might just have a better understanding of the Middle East than, say, either Clinton or Kerry. Or Obama.

    But Kerry has won an award for being French! What better qualification can you have than that?

  11. Progressives become arch-conservatives the moment they leave office. When in office, everything must change; when they leave office, nothing must change.

  12. At least Tillerson is no John Bolton.

    On the NASA end it appears that Trump is trying to put a balanced team in place. If he is the smart businessman he claims to be be we* might actually get people off this rock again. I’d prefer going to Mars for the long term benefits but a Lunar base will take far less time than 8 years to start. Both Dragon and Orion can pick that low hanging fruit.

    * We being the US. You Brits need to get Skylon flying.

  13. Trump seems intent on doing big business with the Russians.Since we are intent on pissing off the Europeans perhaps we should too (BTW Where is the Prophet of Doom with his ever longer lists of all those who perished lives at the hands of those damned Commy/ Bolsheviks?)

  14. DBC Reed,

    At least we’ll be able to buy some thorium-uranium fuel cycle MSRs. Expanded access to vacuum tubes and leaded solder are additional benefits.

  15. DBC Reed said: “Trump seems intent on doing big business with the Russians.Since we are intent on pissing off the Europeans perhaps we should too”

    Re Trump – evidence?

    Re Europe – if it is good enough for Germany to do business with Russia it should be good enough for us too.

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