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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Taps
Foreign Policy Scholar as
Chief State Department Planner

Wall Street Journal, by Courtney McBride

Original Article

Posted By:earlybird, 9/1/2018 11:19:26 PM

Mr. Pompeo described Ms. Skinner as “a national security powerhouse” and “a one-woman, strategic thinking tour de force” in a statement to The Wall Street Journal. “I’m confident that she will enhance our influence overseas, protect the American people, and promote our prosperity,” he said. (Snip) As director of the Policy Planning Staff, Ms. Skinner will be responsible for providing strategic guidance and helping ensure that the day-to-day efforts of the department serve the overall strategy.Ms. Skinner will start on Sept. 4, succeeding Brian Hook, who now heads the State Department’s Iran Action Group.

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This article relies a bit too much on the opinions of those who held similar positions in previous administrations’ State Department. She is a brilliant scholar and a solid, down-to-earth person. She was a strong advocate for DJT’s politicies during the campaign. She still is. Both Condi Rice and George Shultz praised her selection for this post.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: dvc, 9/2/2018 2:52:05 AM     (No. 11744042)

Interesting.

I hope she does well,but the unending bass line/drumbeat of WSJ snark is just a pain in the neck. Try to get info while filtering out the antiTrump noise is tiresome.

The WSJ is close to getting onto my "never bother" list.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Pluperfect, 9/2/2018 4:56:49 AM     (No. 11744093)

I´ve had to stop using Outline for the WSJ articles because the first paragraph or two are lost. In this one the first two paragraphs are:

"Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has tapped Carnegie Mellon University Professor Kiron Skinner, a nationally known author and Hoover Institution research fellow, as the State Department’s top planner.

Ms. Skinner, who has worked with former Secretaries of State Condoleezza Rice and George Shultz, represents what Mr. Pompeo said is a major personnel addition as he moves to fulfill promises to rebuild department staffing."


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Reply 3 - Posted by: strike3, 9/2/2018 9:59:10 AM     (No. 11744329)

South Side Chicago, San Francisco and Harvard doctorate followed by years of government service, not very promising credentials.

Her quote by George Marshall from 1947, "avoid trivia" troubles me. There is a much more meaningful quote by Ross Perot, "the devil is in the details."

I will be optimistic and wish her luck.




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Reply 4 - Posted by: oldsfc, 9/2/2018 3:39:27 PM     (No. 11744682)

Wow! Trump and company sure hate women!

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