The political scene continues to grind slowly into the winter season. The president-elect has determined to appoint the chief executive of Exxon Mobile, Rex W. Tillerson as secretary of state. Mr. Tillerson, the chief executive of Exxon has no prior political experience other than supporting the right wing of the Republican party. If the president-elect demands obedience, All the humane policies of the Obama administration will be swept away in mad rush of hungry political operatives, all seeking a cushy job; regardless of outcome.
It appears that the president-elect will nominate John R Bolton, whom the New York Times has described as “a combative and strident advocate for an expansive American foreign policy and who was closely aligned with Dick Chaney in the Bush administration.” It is anticipated that Mr. Bolton’s nomination would be strongly resisted by members of Congress from both main parties. Those already opposing Mr. Bolton include Condoleezza Rice, the former secretary of state, Robert M. Gates, a former secretary of defense and Stephen J. Hadley, a former national security advisor. Two current members of Congress, Senators Bob Corker and Rand Paul have both expressed skepticism regarding Mr. Tillerson’s qualifications.
There is also the problem of Vladimir V. Putin who is the subject of anticipated questions in Congress during any hearings where Mr. Tillerson is a witness.