Sunday, August 29, 2021
Tony Blinken, Afghanistan's Collapse And The Sorrows Of Beltway Credentialism
Wow! What a difference a year-and-a-half can make! Biden To Nominate Antony Blinken For Secretary Of State, NPR November 23, 2020. Blinken was going to “repair relationships between Washington and foreign governments and allies that have been strained under President Trump's 'America First" policy?! And serve as a confirmable alternative to Susan Rice, she of the Benghazi disaster in 2012?! And boost morale at the State Department that had been left "beleaguered" by the prior administration!?
Considered while the biggest foreign policy debacle in American history continues to unfold in Afghanistan, the advance notices Blinken received from Beltway insiders and the media are as breathtakingly naïve as Blinken himself has proven himself to be. The fact that Blinken has not resigned yet is a tribute both to his own personal cluelessness--- and to the arrogance borne of the blind credentialism that put him in a place to do so much ruinous damage to the country---especially our international partners. Blinken needs to go.
President-elect Joe Biden will nominate Antony Blinken for the coveted secretary of state post.
Blinken,58, has extensive foreign policy experience, serving as deputy secretary of state and deputy national security adviser under President Barack Obama.
…If confirmed, Blinken's early work, , would be focused heavily on repairing relationships between Washington and foreign governments and allies that have been strained under President Trump's "America First" policy, in which long-held alliances have frequently been challenged.
Blinken will also be tasked with boosting the beleaguered State Department, an agency that has experienced substantial turnover under Trump, with many longtime diplomats and career staffers leaving.