Once upon a time, it was accepted that as the world's only superpower, a certain degree of predictability and consistency would be reflected in international US policy to validate the various indulgences carried out around the globe. Not to say this often bipolar behavior did anyone any good. Ask the Balkans, Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan, Central America, Qatar, Palestine, Syria, Iran, North Korea etc etc.
The 6-time bankrupt Master Businessman in charge has decided that a constant antagonistic competition needs to exist for the honor of having his fleeting attention, seemingly dependent on how much you tell the Boss that he is brilliant. Enter the Rex Tillerson issue. Proof positive that the qualities that apparently mean so much - corporate power and success, connections across the globe, extensive personal knowledge of foreign officials - mean squat when you tell the truth about the Boss. Loyalty to the Donald is more important than loyalty to the nation.
Mike Pompeo has been named to replace Tillerson at State, going from Top Spy to Top Diplomat. A former Tea Party congressman, veteran, lawyer, proven Islamaphobe and Christian supremacist. But he agrees with the Boss. To replace Pompeo at the CIA, Gina Haspel has been nominated. Despite commanding dark site torture facilities and destroying video evidence against court orders, this is the type of ideologue the Boss wants despite the message it sends to allies and enemies alike. General H.R. McMaster had to go as National Security Advisor because he wasn't a full-time sycophant. Enter John Bolton, a Bush holdover Dominionist who never met a war he didn't like, who now gets a job that doesn't need confirmation.
Stanley Cohen has represented many clients who ran directly into policies supported and implemented by this new wave of cronies. The View Up Here welcomes Stanley back to discuss these nominations, their chances of confirmation and the mayhem to come.