Rex Tillerson is out as secretary of State, ending a tumultuous tenure as America’s top diplomat that was marked by a series of public disagreements with his boss — President Donald Trump.
Trump plans to appoint CIA Director Mike Pompeo to replace the former Exxon Mobil chief executive. The president picked deputy CIA Director Gina Haspel to run the spy agency.
No word on the reason, but Britain has been beating the drums of war at Russia:
Theresa May has given Vladimir Putin’s administration until midnight on Tuesday to explain how a former spy was poisoned in Salisbury, otherwise she will conclude it was an “unlawful use of force” by the Russian state against the UK.
After chairing a meeting of the national security council, the prime minister told MPs that it was “highly likely” that Russia was responsible for the attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia. She warned that Britain would not tolerate such a “brazen attempt to murder innocent civilians on our soil”.
This is worrisome, since the agent used, a Novichok agent, is well known to western intelligence agencies thanks to a defector, and they the west has done extensive research on that class of agent. As a result, every Western intelligence agency will know the Novichok formulas, and be able to synthesize them themselves, for use in specific hits, even though they are still kept secret from the public:
Their existence was disclosed in 1991 when Vil Mirzayanov, a scientist at Russia’s Scientific Research Institute for Organic Chemistry and Technology, fled to the West and revealed that Moscow was working on a nerve agent far deadlier than anything ever before created, in defiance of the 1990 Chemical Weapons Accord. Mirzayanov told The New York Times in 1994 that he disclosed the program because “it occurred to me that I was engaged in a criminal enterprise.”
How deadly are Novichoks?…
At least one of the Novichoks is described as being five to eight times as toxic as VX, according to 2010 research at the University of Teesside and James Cook University Hospital in Britain.
Here is what I think is going on behind the scenes. Trump has identified some sort of covert private intelligence network embedded deep within the Western governments. It is possible it grew out of some sort of economic/political information-sharing network going back to the time of the Rothschild’s emergence, or beyond, or it might just be corrupt intelligence professionals from more modern times who came to believe they needed to seize ultimate power behind the scenes because it was there, and somebody was going to take it.
Whatever it is, Trump, and the patriots helping him seem to have it on the ropes. The one thing it might be able to do, to buy time, would be to start a global war. They seemed to be setting the stage for that by importing millions of Muslims, but Trump may have moved their time table up, and now they are hoping if they can ignite something with Russia, they could create enough of a storm to take away the pressure Trump has on them and buy time to rebuild their networks and reestablish some level of control.
The poisoning of an ex-Russian spy and his daughter with a military-grade nerve agent in the U.K. is “a really egregious act” that appears to have “clearly” come from Russia, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said hours before being replaced.
This is total bullshit. Anyone with access to the intelligence, the scientists, and a lab could produce a Novichok agent, and use it to frame Russia for an attack. Likewise, why would Russia use a decades old agent that could be traced back to them so clearly? Simply using VX would have produced a hit everyone thought was Russia, but which was much more deniable.
I think it just as likely this was an attempt to gin up a war, and Tillerson played right into the hands of whoever it was, while speaking to events that were better left to be addressed by the President directly, or under his direct direction.
This means either Tillerson was not bright enough and restrained enough to be operating at that level, or he spoke out of turn and stepped on the President’s toes purposely because he was following someone else’s marching orders.
Either way he had to go.