That always seems to be the choice with these bozos.
Can you think of an explanation for this that doesn't involve incompetence or disloyalty? I can't.
State Dept. Was Granted $120 Million to Fight Russian Meddling. It Has Spent $0. https://t.co/XW8yIBZUnX
— hilzoy (@hilzoy) March 5, 2018
Mr. Tillerson has voiced skepticism that the United States is even capable of doing anything to counter the Russian threat.
“If it’s their intention to interfere, they’re going to find ways to do that,” Mr. Tillerson said in an interview last month with Fox News. “And we can take steps we can take, but this is something that once they decide they are going to do it, it’s very difficult to pre-empt it.”
This is a man who was the CEO of Exxon. If he knew that Shell was stealing his top geological talent, would he have said something like that? Presumably he can talk to the NSA about what they would suggest? WTF is wrong with this guy?
Amazingly, there is actually a person in the relevant job of under secretary for public diplomacy, who seems to have a different view from his boss.
“This funding is critical to ensuring that we continue an aggressive response to malign influence and disinformation,” Mr. Goldstein said.
I really hate the conclusion that so many folks at the top of our government are disloyal. But they keep pushing me toward it.
It might be worthwhile to frontpage a list of all the Russia-friendly things that they’ve done. There’s this, and, only this week, Trump’s total disinterest in, and active distraction from, Vladimir Putin’s threatening speech.
If you’ll supply them, I’ll write a post in a day or so. My excuse for crowdsourcing is that it’s allergy season, and I’ve got a very busy Monday and Tuesday.