Deconstruction of the State Department Now Complete
The GOP deconstruction of America is quite literal and is happening.
The flags in the lobby of the State Department now hang at half mast.
Sometimes, the deconstruction of America is quite literal and happens right before our eyes. Anxiety and listless days are now apparent as the US foreign-policy bureaucracy experiences radical deconstruction. The flags in the lobby of the State Department now hang at half mast. The action at Foggy Bottom has instead moved to the State Department cafeteria where, in the absence of work, senior staff officials linger over countless coffees with colleagues. The GOP Coup D’état’s destruction of US foreign policy started with reports that the GOP’s budget would drastically slash the State Department’s funding, and ended with the GOP henchman Stephen Bannon telling all department staff that what he and the GOP were after was a “deconstruction of the administrative State Department. At the State Department, which employs nearly 70,000 people around the world, that deconstruction is now complete.
The State Department now adrift and listless.
After this announcement huge numbers of career foreign service officers or career civil servants, most of whom have served both Republican and Democratic administrations—and none of whom were political appointees left the department leaving behind a State Department adrift and listless. Two dozen career staff on the seventh floor—the State Department’s equivalent to its Board of Directors and Executive Management team collectively—were told to find other jobs, some with just twelve hours’ notice. After vacating their offices, construction teams came in and rebuilt their office space for a new team and a new concept of how State’s nerve center would function. (A concept which wouldn’t be shared with anyone who remained.) The space on Mahogany Row, the line of wood-paneled offices including that of the Secretary of State, would magically become a mysterious construction zone behind a blue tarp.
State Department decision making changes forever.
Much of the devastation reigning down upon the State Department can be directly attributed to a much smaller decision circle now directing US foreign policy and virtually all State Department staffers can count themselves on the outside of this circle. Bannon believes the State Department does not even need to exist. Bannon and Jared [Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law] believe they personally can do everything the existing State Department is capable of doing. This approach to Foreign Policy is reminiscent of a developing country where a single family rules everything, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs knows nothing.
A State Department without leadership.
Interestingly enough that while senior State appointees have yet to be replaced; other staff has been showing up unannounced. The Office of Policy Planning, created by George Kennan after World War II, is now filled not just with Ph.D.s, as it once was, but with fresh college dropouts and a malpractice attorney from New Jersey whose sole foreign-policy credential seems to be that she was born in Hungary. Tillerson’s chief of staff is not his own, but is, according to the Washington Post, a Trump transition alum named Margaret Peterlin. Tillerson is surrounded by a bunch of rather mysterious Trumpistas. How Tillerson is supposed to direct foreign policy when even his right hand is not his own person does not seem to be an issue. Peterlin has instructed all departmental staff that all communications with Tillerson have to go through her, and has actually disciplined staff for answering questions Tillerson asked directly of them.
In the end the GOP Coup D’état wins again.
In the end what lingers for the American people may just be what will be left of our democracy after the GOP’s final program of deconstruction of America is finished. What vestiges of America’s historical foreign policies will then guide the world’s newly developing virgin democracies into the international community. What new threats to world democratic peaceful coexistence will historians place at America’s doorstep?
We are now headed towards America’s first Culture War and possibly it’s Second Civil War.
While some readers may view this article as just political prognostication, at some point, we all must put country ahead of political party and all agree that our constitution means something beyond parchment. With the daily waterfall of chaos cascading upon our national populace, the American people need to consider their own GOP Coup D’état exit strategy.
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Paul Cogan is a writer for the republicandirtytricks.com and is based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He specializes in coverage of political, economic, and environmental news. You can contact him by following him on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/paul.f.cogan.
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