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Media Hyperventilates Over Routine Turnover at State Dept.

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson puts his glasses on before speaking to employees upon his arrival at the State Department, on February 2, 2017, in Washington, D.C. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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Saturday, 04 Feb 2017 12:39 PM Current | Bio | Archive

When you look at the smoking ruin that constitutes U.S. foreign policy, most observers would agree some new blood and new thinking might be in order. But those observers obviously wouldn’t be working for the "opposition media."

Four upper-level political appointees in the U.S. State Department resigned last week and judging from the reaction in the opposition (both political and media) one would have thought John Jay, George Marshall, and Henry Kissinger had just walked out the door.

The Washington Post wailed, "Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s job running the State Department just got considerably more difficult. The entire senior level of management officials resigned Wednesday, part of an ongoing mass exodus of senior foreign service officers who don’t want to stick around for the Trump era."

David Wade, who served as State Department chief of staff under John Kerry, moaned to the Post, "It’s the single biggest simultaneous departure of institutional memory that anyone can remember, and that’s incredibly difficult to replicate."

Only that’s all fake news. I know something about presidential transitions and I can assure you the incoming administration routinely asks for the resignations of the outgoing administration’s political appointees. Some resignations are accepted, some not.

As acting State Department spokesman Mark Toner soothingly explained, "As is standard with every transition, the outgoing administration, in coordination with the incoming one, requested all politically appointed officers submit letters of resignation."

Thank goodness Trump accepted these four resignations. One in particular was either the architect of or involved in many of the colossal state department failures of the last administration.

Under Secretary of State for Management Patrick Kennedy is the man who decided the anniversary of 9/11 would be no big deal in Libya so he rejected requests for increased security in Benghazi and in fact cut the number of security personnel assigned there.

After the deaths of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, Kennedy was involved in the cover-up and deflection-of-blame teams. Kennedy was also in charge of the department’s records and information technology while Hillary Clinton was secretary. He was the individual who approved of her home-brew email server and when she was caught, Kennedy slow-walked Freedom of Information Act requests for the email.

During her campaign, Kennedy pressured the FBI to declassify previously classified email messages regarding the Benghazi attack to shield Clinton from consequences.

Kennedy was so in the bag for Hillary Clinton during her tenure as secretary and subsequent presidential campaign that Trump may as well have asked Hillary to stay on as secretary if he lost his mind and retained the services of Kennedy.

Donald Trump has promised to drain the swamp in Washington and ejecting these four is a great place to start lowering the water level in Foggy Bottom.

Michael Reagan, the eldest son of President Reagan, is a Newsmax TV analyst. A syndicated columnist and author, he chairs The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Michael is an in-demand speaker with Premiere speaker’s bureau. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.

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Four upper-level political appointees in the U.S. State Department resigned last week and judging from the reaction in the opposition (both political and media) one would have thought John Jay, George Marshall, and Henry Kissinger had just walked out the door.
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