Mitt Romney comes with a special and rare set of skills and Donald Trump is a chess player when it comes to creating a plan of attack.
This is most evident as he looks at Romney for a possible choice email for Secretary of State or wherever Trump decides to use him.
Mitt Romney is a problem solver and an outsider. He has an incredible reputation for such but nowhere is that skill so evident as when he took over the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics. It was a catastrophe.
When Romney took over as committee president in February 1999, the Winter Olympics faced a $379 million deficit. When it was all said and done, Romney had generated a $56 million surplus and the games were an incredibly organized success. He cut the budget by $200 million, signed new sponsors and raised a LOT of money.
The State Department is in tatters after 8 years of Obama, Clinton, and Kerry. It is in need of a compete overhaul.
Thomas Lifson writes at the American Thinker:
The Department of State is badly broken and desperately needs to be fixed. State requires fundamental restructuring as well as the departure of many entrenched figures whose goals and beliefs are antagonistic to realistic confrontation with Islamic jihad and the generations-long efforts of Muslim states to “wipe Israel off the map.” The State Department is full of people called “Arabists,” who instinctively blame Israel when it is attacked and defends itself and who presume that the U.S. should attend to the prejudices of hundreds of millions of Arab Muslims because they are so populous, and because they have oil and have funded an amazing number of sinecures for retired bureaucrats with generous compensation and few demands (other than reflexive support whenever an issue arises).
This is just a start on enumerating the problems, for the Middle East is not the only problem ahead, merely the oldest. There are serious issues with Russia, China, North Korea, and Venezuela, among major problems for U.S. diplomacy.
Arnold Cusmariu today makes the case that John Bolton is the man to reform the State Department while implementing President-Elect Trump’s policies. I am a great admirer of Bolton and would be happy if he were to get the job. But even though I am much closer to Bolton’s politics than Mitt Romney’s, the former governor’s skill set seems ideal for the job ahead.
I have to agree. Obama is leaving DC in tatters organizationally. Trump could use a bunch of people like Romney.
With everyone soooo serious lately – how about a little comic relief? The Flipside with Michael Loftus makes fun of Joseph Clancy, the head of the secret service. This is one of the funniest skits I have ever seen.
With Barack Obama heading out the door, maybe the Secret Service will finally get their act together! If not, Donald Trump will have to say, “You’re Fired!”
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