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"Blowout" should be a "must read" for everyone, since it ties together a lot of events that are shaping the world today.
I finished reading the book this afternoon, and was impressed about the number of facts that Rachel Maddow uncovered. for example, she details how Moscow effectively torpedoed Mitt Romney's selection as Secretary of State because he was vocally anti-Putin. Tillerson, on the other hand, already had extensive business dealings with Russia, including helping to develop oil drilling in the Arctic - which our sanctions on Russia put a stop to. Up to his appointment, Tillerson had no government experience, and no interest in Americna foreign policy. His appointment was happily broadcast on social media, most of which was generated by the Internet Research Agency in St. Petersburg.
Things got off to a rocky start early in their relationship. In July 2017, Tillerson called Trump a “f*****g moron,” NBC News reported. The comments came after Tillerson had a meeting at the Pentagon with members of the White House national security team and Cabinet officials.
After Tillrson got fired on March 31, 2018, Trump said he was “ill prepared and ill equipped” for his job. “Rex Tillerson, a man who is ‘dumb as a rock’ . . . made up a story (he got fired) that I was out-prepared by Vladimir Putin at a meeting in Hamburg, Germany,” he tweeted. “I don’t think Putin would agree,” Trump wrote. “Look how the U.S. is doing!”