Much has been said about Rex Tillerson’s business interests in Russia. Therefore, despite his referring to reports of Kremlin instigated hacking attacks as being clearly “troubling”, while also saying that NATO is right to be “alarmed at a resurgent Russia,” it might be unsurprising, and all the more so when we consider his business interests, that he won’t commit to sanctions.
That is the bottom line from Trump’s nominee for John Kerry’s job and, even if he does refer elsewhere to Russia as a danger and actually says he would keep sanctions, he believes that Putin is neither a war criminal, nor unpredictable, and that the United States can work with him. In other words, despite the “alarmed” and “troubling” soundbites for the gallery, Rex Tillerson has every intention of working with Russia and protecting his company’s business interests there.
Of course, it might be argued that this can be no bad thing and, certainly, an easing of tensions with Russia is to be welcomed. However, when Trump’s nominee targets China’s activities in the South China Sea by saying that it is necessary to “…..send China a clear signal that, first, the island-building stops and, second, your (China’s) access to those islands also is not going to be allowed,” it is, perhaps, time to worry, while asking if the man from Exxon Mobil is really concerned about the Chinese flouting international law, or is he worried about them having unfettered access to the oil and gas reserves in the South China Sea?
The planet could be about to experience a nuclear holocaust partly because a man who is hard to label a “denier”, but who views climate change as nothing more than an “engineering problem”, is ultimately in search of even bigger profits for big oil. In other words, we are in the process of moving a step closer to a third world war, a war which will in all probability destroy the planet as we know it, because greedy bastards, like Rex Tillerson, want even more of those resources that are ultimately responsible for destroying the planet in the first place.