Sunday, January 8, 2017

Trump’s Russian Reset Reset

At WSJ by Holman W. Jenkins, Jr.

Rex Tillerson’s preferment at the State Department perhaps is Donald Trump’s best answer to the clamor about Russian meddling in the U.S. election.

Mr. Tillerson may not be trained in diplomacy, but he’s had a lot of experience in dealing with Vladimir Putin. He opposed sanctions. He favors rapprochement. He’s one person who can talk to Mr. Putin.

No, this doesn’t mean Mr. Tillerson is a “friend of Vladimir”—a term meaningless in the context of somebody with Mr. Putin’s problems and dilemmas.

Mr. Trump is right to bring up the CIA’s faulty assessment of Saddam Hussein’s WMD, but not for the reason Mr. Trump implies. Think Tonkin Gulf. No president in his right mind lets a single provocation or intelligence judgment determine him on a strategy.

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