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Saturday, February 03, 2018

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has spent much of his first year trying to manage crises with North Korea, Syria, Iran and Venezuela. But he's largely alone at the highest levels of the State Department, a problem exacerbated after the senior career diplomat, Tom Shannon, announced on Thursday that he plans to leave for personal reasons. With Shannon's departure, seven of the top nine jobs at the department will be empty. Those vacant posts include positions overseeing the agency's role in U.S. trade policy, stopping the spread of nuclear weapons, refugee issues and efforts to counter human trafficking.

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The pool of qualified nominees for top jobs is thin after the administration ruled out jobs for Republican foreign policy experts who opposed Trump during the election.

Morale at the department that was first led by Thomas Jefferson is also low, as Shannon joins an exodus of experienced diplomats. The U.S. ambassador to Panama quit last month, saying he could no longer represent the president.

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I wonder what's happening to all the money at these empty federal agencies. If there's no one working what are they spending money on and why are we having shutdowns as if the government is functioning normally?

#1 | Posted by jpw at 2018-02-02 04:04 PM | Reply

Imaginary Job Creator

#2 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2018-02-02 04:08 PM | Reply

Maybe we do not really need all those positions and can eliminate them, saving us some tax dollars.

#3 | Posted by MSgt at 2018-02-02 04:15 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Good.

These departments were bloated.

A gov that is 70 or 80% smaller than currently constituted would be a good thing.

#4 | Posted by sawdust at 2018-02-02 04:18 PM | Reply

"These departments were bloated." - #4 | Posted by sawdust at 2018-02-02 04:18 PM

...seven of the top nine jobs at the department will be empty. Those vacant posts include positions overseeing the agency's role in U.S. trade policy, stopping the spread of nuclear weapons, refugee issues and efforts to counter human trafficking.
More than just a little telling that you think US trade policy, stopping the spread of nuclear weapons, refugee issues and efforts to counter human trafficking are "bloat."

Very telling, Comrade sawdust.

#5 | Posted by Hans at 2018-02-02 04:30 PM | Reply

Maybe we do not really need all those positions and can eliminate them, saving us some tax dollars.

#3 | Posted by MSgt

You mean more tax cuts and DoD funding, right?

A gov that is 70 or 80% smaller than currently constituted would be a good thing.

#4 | Posted by sawdust

Anyways, I'm sure we can function perfectly with a government the same size as it was in 1802. It's not like the world is much more complicated and intricate at this point in time. Right?

Do you even have a reality-based comparison to make to support your assertion?

#6 | Posted by jpw at 2018-02-02 08:36 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

"Do you even have a reality-based comparison to make to support your assertion?"

If you have to ask...

MSgt hates American government.
But can MSgt name any nation with a better government?
LOL.

P.S. you get extra LOL if the country you name is Antebellum USA, MSgt!

#7 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-02-02 09:18 PM | Reply

Hey, Dems are all worried about deficits.

70% less government will help.

#8 | Posted by sawdust at 2018-02-02 09:55 PM | Reply

70% less Trump might put him at Obama's BMI.

#9 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-02-02 10:01 PM | Reply

#7 I wonder if he'll volunteer to have his pension and benefits to save some cash. Maybe he'll volunteer some of his fellow vets along the way for principle's sake.

#10 | Posted by jpw at 2018-02-02 10:03 PM | Reply

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#8 I'd rather 70% less DoD if it meant actually helping our citizens and solving our problems.

#11 | Posted by jpw at 2018-02-02 10:04 PM | Reply

7 of 9 Top Jobs Under Tillerson Still Vacant

"Mission Accomplished."

-Putin

#12 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2018-02-03 07:34 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

70% less government will help.

#8 | Posted by sawdust

I agree. 70% less military would mean we could all live like kings.

#13 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2018-02-03 07:35 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Obviously Tillerson is a freakin' genius, just like his boss. They don't need any stupid staffers.

#14 | Posted by woe_is_W at 2018-02-03 08:52 PM | Reply

Anyways, I'm sure we can function perfectly with a government the same size as it was in 1802.

Yeah, when the population of the entire country was about one quarter (5 million) of the population of the New York City Metropolitan Area (20 million) today.

#15 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2018-02-04 01:27 AM | Reply

A gov that is 70 or 80% smaller than currently constituted would be a good thing.
#4 | POSTED BY SAWDUST

The military accounts about 20% of federal employees and 50%+ of discretionary spending. How much of that are you willing to cut to shrink the government by 70-80%?

#16 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2018-02-04 12:57 PM | Reply

Tillerson has destroyed the State dept and the US will be far weaker over the long term because of him.

#17 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2018-02-04 12:58 PM | Reply

Trump voters want the US to be weak.
Just ask them.

#18 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-02-04 01:35 PM | Reply

Trump voters want the US to be weak.
Just ask them.
#18 | POSTED BY SNOOFY

While we are throwing out strawman....

So now you are all for the WAR machine ....

Tillerson has destroyed the State dept and the US will be far weaker over the long term because of him.
#17 | POSTED BY JOHNNY_HOTSAUCE

Hillary destroyed the Democratic party .. the country is stronger in the long term because of her ...

#19 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2018-02-04 02:15 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

"So now you are all for the WAR machine .... "

I favor the US maintaining the global hegemony.
You don't.
You favor the US standing down their leadership position in the world.
I'm so glad you posted, it helps make my #18 crystal clear.

#20 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-02-04 02:17 PM | Reply

Hillary destroyed the Democratic party .. the country is stronger in the long term because of her ...

#19 | POSTED BY ANDREAMACKRIS

I'm sorry but the only valid response to this is to tell you you're an idiot.

Unless you think an 84% jump in borrowing to pay for the tax scam is "stronger".

#21 | Posted by jpw at 2018-02-04 02:38 PM | Reply

Hillary destroyed the Democratic party .. the country is stronger in the long term because of her ...

#19 | Posted by AndreaMackris

Can't wait to hear how you'll blame the dems when trump's deregulation and tax cuts ruin life for the working class.

#22 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2018-02-04 02:53 PM | Reply

Today Mackris is dropping incendiary comments and then complaining that people are being "abusive" to him.

This schtick is so tiring. The complainer in chief has emasculated half the country and it's very sad to see.

#23 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2018-02-04 03:23 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Hillary destroyed the Democratic party .. the country is stronger in the long term because of her ..."

Trump is destroying the Republican patty...the country will be stronger in the long term because of him.

#24 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-02-04 03:36 PM | Reply

--Today Mackris is dropping incendiary comments

Like "nazi coddler" "racist" "traitor", etc?

Those who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.

#25 | Posted by nullifidian at 2018-02-04 03:59 PM | Reply

Suck it up MACKRIS!

WTF is wrong with you?!

#26 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2018-02-04 04:01 PM | Reply

Those who live in glass houses wouldn't be able to do so without a War Machine to protect them.

#27 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-02-04 04:03 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"nazi coddler"

If the brown boots fit....

#28 | Posted by Corky at 2018-02-04 04:17 PM | Reply

Like "nazi coddler" "racist" "traitor", etc?
Those who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.

#25 | POSTED BY NULLIFIDIAN AT 2018-02-04 03:59 PM | REPLY | FLAG:

That's not fair. I have also said that you bedazzled your jackboots. These partial quotes are just not right.

#29 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2018-02-04 04:41 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Like "nazi coddler" "racist" "traitor", etc?

Those who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.

#25 | Posted by nullifidian

So calling trump a nazi coddler is inflamatory, but trump saying nazis are very fine people isn't?

If the truth is inflammatory, you should stick to the breitbart comment section.

#30 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2018-02-04 04:52 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Trump isn't a Nazi coddler, he is a Nazi.

#31 | Posted by danni at 2018-02-04 05:40 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Why are we spending tax payer money on body doubles for Star Trek characters?

#32 | Posted by sentinel at 2018-02-05 08:43 AM | Reply

Funny how some people think this is 'smaller government saving us tax dollars'.

The budget for the State Department is still the same. There are just less people doing work that needs to be done.

#33 | Posted by Derek_Wildstar at 2018-02-05 01:00 PM | Reply

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