Tillerson fired over rogue bid to save Iran nuke deal
Thursday, March 15, 2018
Jihad Watch : This is all the more reason, beyond the ones I detailed yesterday,
why it is good that Tillerson is gone. The Iran nuclear deal is
catastrophically bad for the U.S. and the free world in general; I
detail exactly how bad in my book The Complete Infidel’s Guide to Iran.
All the supporters of the Iran deal should be swept out of the State
Department. Will Pompeo do that? Will it even be possible? We can only
“Tillerson Fired Over Rogue Bid to Save Iran Nuke Deal,” by Adam Kredo, Washington Free Beacon, March 13, 2018: The abrupt firing Tuesday of Secretary of State Rex
Tillerson follows months of infighting between the State Department and
White House over efforts by Tillerson to save the Iran nuclear deal and
ignore President Donald Trump’s demands that the agreement be fixed or
completely scrapped by the United States, according to multiple sources
with knowledge of the situation who spoke to the Washington Free Beacon.
In the weeks leading up to Tillerson’s departure, he had been
spearheading efforts to convince European allies to agree to a range of
fixes to the nuclear deal that would address Iran’s ongoing ballistic
missile program and continued nuclear research. While Trump had prescribed a range of fixes that he viewed as
tightening the deal’s flaws, Tillerson recently caved to European
pressure to walk back these demands and appease Tehran while preserving
the deal, according to these sources. The Free Beaconfirst disclosed this tension last week in a wide-ranging report.
White House allies warned Tillerson’s senior staff for weeks that
efforts to save the nuclear deal and balk on Trump’s key demands
regarding the deal could cost Tillerson his job, a warning that became
reality Tuesday when Trump fired Tillerson by tweet. Tillerson will be replaced by CIA Director Mike Pompeo, a former
member of Congress who established a record as being tough on Iran and
echoing many of the policies called for by Trump. Insiders expect Pompeo
to take a much harder line on the nuclear deal and pursue many of the
fixes advocated by Trump, such as outlawing Iran’s ballistic missile
program and instating fierce repercussions for any future breach.
While Tillerson’s exit had been rumored for months, multiple sources
with knowledge of the situation said the former secretary’s repeated
attempts to balk the White House and pursue his own diplomatic strategy,
particularly regarding Iran, triggered his sudden exit.