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Tillerson Out Pompeo In

The Great Disrupter is at it again with his signature chaos management style.  Rex Tillerson, a moderate, is out and former Congressman Mike Pompeo (R-KS), a hawk, is in.  Although the press has been full of rumors for months, the abrupt dismissal caught many by surprise.  Given the sensitive situation regarding talks with North Korea not to mention the shaky political situation in Israel the dismissal may not be well timed.  Trump himself said that a key reason was he disagreed with Tillerson's moderate position on Iran.  It is interesting that the Neocon ally, John Bolton, was just in the White House meeting with the President.  Bolton is an uber-hawk and Iran is one of his obsessions.  Any coincidences?  Whatever the case, it will be wait and see.  Pompeo must get confirmation from the Senate.  If confirmed, he would presumably bring in his own team.  His picks for his team will signal his direction and possibly his priorities.  Replacing Pompeo at CIA is another challenge.  Rumors for months have been that US Senator Tom Cotton (R-AL) wants the job.  Cotton has a hardline Neoconservative policy orientation which includes strong support for Israel.

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