Who Should be Trump’s Secretary of State?

Who Should be Trump’s Secretary of State?

Who Should be Trump’s Secretary of State?

The key question as to who should be Secretary of State has loomed quite prevalently in the media. The following names have been bandied about for some time:

  • Former Governor Mitt Romney [R] Mass.
  • Former NYC Mayor, Rudolph W. Giuliani.
  • Retired Gen. David H. Petraeus.
  • Ambassador John Bolton.
  • Rep. Dana Rohrabacher [R] Calif.

As someone who has served under five Sec’s State during a thirty year period, I found certain psychological/political considerations quite important to a successful Sec State:

  • He/she must be extremely knowledgeable about foreign policy machinations, strategies, tactics.
  • He/she must have had extensive experience managing a worldwide organization consisting of over 20,000 personnel.
  • He/she must know how to access civilian/military intelligence without being blindsided.
  • He/she must have a close relationship with POTUS.

I won’t bother to annunciate which of the past Sec States were most successful in my humble opinion. However, I will provide some initial impressions of the potential candidates who are soliciting the job of Sec.State under the Trump Team.

Dana Rohrabacher [R] Calif.born and bred within the conservative perimeters of Orange County. He chairs the US House Foreign Affairs Committee on Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats. His personal history denotes an interesting combination of a folk singer and free-market anarchist with membership in the Young Americans for Freedom. He was financially supported by Charles Koch and Oliver North and ended up to become a speechwriter for Ronald Reagan.

His field of expertise seems to be within the Libertarian-Conservative domestic realm of politics. Clearly, he has some outreach to a variety of countries including Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran. Dana would best serve this country by remaining where he is right now, defending the ‘little man’ against patent infringements and other domestic matters.

Ambassador John Bolton is an American lawyer and diplomat who has served in several different Republican Administrations [wiki]. I have known John for quite some time. I find him to be pleasant, bright,and accommodating. When I needed the necessary moneys for the Cambodian Peace Treaty in 1991, he stepped up to the plate and offered his good services as then Assistant Secretary of State.

My problem with John is that he was a hard core Neo-Conservative who belongs to such extreme right groups like the Jewish Institute for National Security [JINSA] and the Institute of East-West Dynamics. Equally problematic for me, is that at heart he is a Mitt Romney devotee and did not support Trump until very late in the election cycle. Also, during the Vietnam War, he joined the Maryland Army National Guard as a way to avoid service in Vietnam [wiki].

Gov. Mitt Romney [R] is elegant, bright, articulate and completely unfit to be Sec. State. From the very beginning of his run for the Republican Presidential Election of 2012, he was incapable of initiating an effective dialogue with the American public. His primary assets are in the realm of business: buying, selling, financing.


Romney has no foreign policy experience. Moreover, he has never managed an institution as large and widespread as the State Dept.
However, he could play the role of a Sec. State in an Hollywood movie. He looks like one but that is not enough! Sorry!

Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani has been campaigning for the position of Sec. State for as long as he has opportunistically helped the Trump campaign. He came out of the US Attorney General’s office as a prosecutor/litigator. Like many of the right wing conservatives, he too sought a draft deferment, preferring to allow other Americans to fight and die in some forgotten place for unknown reason.

He is as fickle and chimerical as any political animal whom I have been observing.  In the beginning of his career, he voted/worked for Liberal Presidential Candidate George McGovern in 1972. Rudy’s allegiance will follow anyone or anything that will allow him to continue his obnoxious self-aggrandizement in the press and TV/Cable.

He became an Independent and finally a Republican when it was suitable for him to work for Reagan. His boisterous, self-deprecating humor is both disingenuous and disturbing. It’s hard to think of him as anything other than the Bush Jr pimp who brought 158 dump trucks within twelve hours of the 9/11 stand down/false flag to carry away the necessary evidence of a potential crime scene.

Furthermore, Guiliani is notorious for public charges that were bereft of any convincing evidence in high profile Wall Street cases in which he wanted to create a faux gangbuster personae. The one I remember best was the humiliation of Richard Wigton of Kidder Peabody and & Co. for insider trading on February 1987. Wigton was marched through the office handcuffed to make some ridiculous point. Wigton was discharged because Rudy had no real evidence to incriminate him for insider trading. Rudy’s judgement was always crippled by his bellowing narcissism.

In 2000, Guiliani appointed 34-year-old Russel Harding to head the NYC Housing Development Corps. Five years later, Harding was convicted for defrauding this organization as well as indulging in child pornography. Harding turned out not to have a college degree nor any experience for that particular job. Another scintillating Rudy pick-of-the-month was Michael Chertoff, our favorite Homeland Security Neo-Con, completely compromised by the 9/11 stand down.

Gen. David Petraeus, former Director of the CIA, has extensive overseas experience in the conflict areas where present day diplomacy is mostly required. Although he violated national security secrets by passing along eight TS notebooks to his mistress, Paula Broadwell, he conveniently fits three of the four criteria that I had annunciated in the beginning of this blog.


He has been intimately involved in intelligence gathering and analysis. He has had successful experience managing over several hundred thousand troops in different areas of low intensity conflict.

He may not be close to Trump or his team. However, I think that can be overcome by the daily briefings Petraeus will have to make to POTUS. One might argue that we have too many military men in the Trump administration… I say “so what?”
Furthermore, Petraeus has earned a PhD from Princeton University under the tutelage of a very distinguished international relations scholar, Prof. Richard Ullman.

I have worked with many generals in all the branches of armed services. I still have to discover anyone who wanted to initiate a war for the sake of destroying countries like Iraq,Libya,or Afghanistan. It was the civilians who sent our brave men/women to war; not our senior military officers.

Possibly, we can enjoy a decade of peace because in Trump’s administration, we have men/women who have seen the disgusting nature of war. Experience teaches military officers to avoid  inflicting anymore atrocities on our youth. Trump understands the need to shift billion$ from useless warmongering to support re-building of our dilapidated infrastructure.

The famous American humorist, Will Rogers, said the following:

“Diplomacy is the art of saying nice doggie until you can find a rock.” 


Or, as Mick Jagger opines: “you can’t always get what you want but sometimes, you just might find, you get what you need.”

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39 thoughts on “Who Should be Trump’s Secretary of State?

  1. Clark Culver

    I have favored General Petraeus, as well, but it was largely a guess based on intuition. Thanks for providing an excellent analysis of the candidates.

    1. Will Rogers also said: “We (in the U.S.) have the best government that money can buy.” For what we are paying out we need to make better deals. Thank you for the insights and the great satire!

    2. Riffault

      Général Pétreus is the one who organized Isis so he is pure Evil and has to much blood on his hands!

  2. Rebecca A Gullixson

    Really appreciating this breakdown of reasons!! Thank you for all your wealth of input!

  3. Petra

    Considering Trumps desire to be friends with Russia, renegotiate trade deals. Being a nationalist…. I’m not sure any of these men can do the job except Petraeus.
    I lived in NYC when Giuliani was mayor. He really made the city pleasant and wonderful. Friends that had lived there their whole lives told horrid stories of finding dead bodies while waiting for the trains to come in the subway. It was crazy. I saw nothing that made me scared in NY as a woman on the streets of NY any time of the day. I only felt unsafe once with cause. But, that was not the Mayors fault. His talents would be best used in Homeland Security.
    While the Sec of State is a very seductive job. It needs to be run by someone that understands the intelligence agencies in the government. Someone that knows the deep state so to say. If they don’t then there is not time to educate them. They would have to have an IQ over 250 and no ego. That does not speak to Romney.
    While I applaud Trump seeking the best possible option and willing to overlook past differences. It is impossible for Romney to do so. He will pack the state department with men like him. He will not be willing to come to the table with Trump. Not because Trump isn’t willing but, because Romney is not capable of doing so. He has proven when he does not get his way he behaves like a little boy. At the cost of all things. He was willing and put money down to have a criminal regime in power just because he did not get what he wanted. The U.S. cannot afford such a man at this time. Trump would like to work with some of those surrounding Romney like Spencer Zwick. But, the cost is to great to have Romney as Sec of State. With Russia alone, Trump would not be able to trust him. That is just one example.
    We are looking for a person that will clean up the mess that Kerry and Clinton made. Romney is not only unqualified but, I don’t think it is his desires to clean anything up. All he has done is enrich himself and his friends the last 4 years without doing anything for the U.S.
    Possibly there is someone else not being thought of? Robin Copeland would have been Ideal right now spoke 7 languages, pro Russia. Negotiated throughout the middle east. Knows energy like the back of her hand. A candidate like that would be the structure of which to seek. Too bad… RIP Robin. There must be someone from her group that could come forward.

    1. Mat

      Very well said – The U.S. cannot afford such a man at this time. And here I will mention the only two (small) points where I dare to disagree with Mr.Pieczenik’s insightful analysis – Mr.Romney does not even look like a (serious) SoS, nor is he bright – because if he indeed was bright, he would have sensed the heart and patriotism of Mr.Trump – and he did not – and even if he did – he didn’t act upon it. I still believe Steve Pieczenik is BY FAR the best mind for the job. I’m reminded of what the best experimental chemist of 19th century Michael Faraday said to his boss, a Brithish Lord, who was about to select a successor at the position of the Head of Royal Institute. Faraday, who came from a very humble background, stated to the Lord the following: I trust that you will select someone who can best further the science in our great country. (paraphrased).

  4. Nina H

    I’m sure your right about these men. Then why does pres. Trump bring his enemies or snakes into his camp? They may know the ropes but it sure seems dangerous to me.
    Keep up the good work Dr. Steve. Some people are irreplaceable.

  5. Roseann Davis

    I think Dr. Steve Pieczenik would be an excellent choice.

    1. David Yuhas

      Hello Roseann. My view entirely. This week’s Issue of my Newsletter with 800 Readers here & in Europe makes an Argument for SP. I’d post it here but it is a Tabloid & this Box won’t take it…but my Email Address & I’ll send you a Copy.

      Regards, DY

  6. Paul Ross

    I also agree with Dr. Steve Pieczenik, however know General David Petraus would be an excellent choice…..NO MITT ROMNEY!!!!!!!!

    1. David Yuhas

      Hello Paul…DP in my Opinion, is a jumped-up Boy Scout whose only accomplishment was training & arming this Islamic State. He’s probably smart enough to be Sergei Lavrov’s Chauffeur

  7. Dixie

    Thank you for your input Dr. Piecznik. I trust your opinion 100,000 times more than the “squeaky wheel”. Oh…and I love me some Will Rogers!

  8. Chia Cha

    When ever people do make mistakes mostly it is because they are not using someting as prescribed. Dr. P. made analysis based on facts. General Prioux in battle of Hannut 1940, made mistake by breaking rules from 1939 calvary manual written by him, of course, it was bad move. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Hannut

  9. Larchmonter445

    SOS should be thought of as a temporary posting. Two years, unless extraordinary results accrue.

    Petraeus out of this lineup is the best fit for 2017-18.

    That would give the boost to let Trump concentrate on personal relationships with the most important foreign leaders, Pres. Putin and Pres. Xi, Pres. Abe, and PM May. And he can work on the Trade deals.

    Then a re-eval of Petraeus. Is he up to the job or not?

    As for fixing the mess in State Dept. Cut the budget and fire everyone you can. They are worthless, as demonstrated in the Benghazi hearings. One brave man. All the rest toadies to Clinton and the Deep State.

  10. Tim Simpson

    My concern with Gen. Petraeus is he represented USA to Bilderberg Group which is a Globalist Orginization. I believe Petraeus is a member of the CFR and a proponent of NAFTA. I would like to hear Dr. Pieczenik’s thoughts on the Petraeus membership to these groups.

  11. Embrey

    Dr. Pieczenik, please enlighten us on how you and your cohorts enacted a coup against Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton. Details would be appreciated. Otherwise, you wouldn’t expect us to simply take you at your word that you were a part of the downfall of Hillary.

  12. John FitzPatrick Leisen

    Brilliant as always Sir,.True Respect Dr. Pieczenik

  13. Mat

    Exactly, as some suggested in comments above, I also believe that this great country would do best if Mr.Pieczenik could serve as the Secretary of State. I find the above analysis of the 5 candidates very insightful and cannot help but agree with the diagnosis. BTW – Italy is a very lucky country to have the people that come together as the 5 Star Movement. Here is an interview with the founder – Beppe Grillo
    http://www.euronews.com/2016/11/14/political-amateurs-are-conquering-the-world-beppe-grillo-tells-euronews. I am quite sure that Mr.Pieczenik values Mr.Grillo, but it would be very interesting to hear Mr.Pieczenik’s in depth opinion on the tectonic changes that are about to happen in EU and the world due to the expected victory of Mr.Grillo movement this coming Sunday. Be with the Force Mr.Pieczenik – you are our great hero.

  14. Bob

    Dr. Pieczenik should be- obviously!

  15. Embrey

    The world changed when the British House of Commons voted not to back the undeclared war effort in Syria. That was when Obama became a lame duck and when his foreign policy failures became irrefutable. Next came Brexit. Next came Trump. What is next?

  16. Dirk

    What about Patraeus’s role at KKR and links to Kissinger; his potential involvement in the supply of weapons that ended up in the hands of jihadists and the Clinton focused scheming surrounding the oil, weapons, oil pipeline etc…Do you have any thoughts on that?

    Seems to me that Patraeus is Kissinger’s man and that’s it’s not simply a coincidence that following a Kissinger meeting with Trump Patraeus emerges as a contender. What is your view?

  17. Chia Cha

    Unity of faces on CNN, CNN stands behind Trump. 😀 When in video asking soldier about Trump… http://edition.cnn.com/2016/11/29/europe/us-norway-war-games-russia-border/index.html

  18. W0X0F

    Drain the Swamp! Rand Paul, a non-interventionist, should be Sec of State.

  19. Liz

    I hope you’re watching what is happening with the media. CNN just ran a hit piece on Trump and Alex Jones and posted across the screen that Jones is a former leader of the KKK. Kelloggs not only pulled ad dollars from Breitbart, Apply purged them from the App Store. And this comes after the WaPo story Blacklisting many Alt-media sites, both right and left, as being aligned with Russia. What are we supposed to be doing sir? We are under another attack. Will help be coming again?

    1. Chia Cha

      You are taking everything too seriously, CNN is dead media. AJ is new official Hollywood, and here it is even little bit interactive. Get pop corns.

    2. Chia Cha

      Only problem is that you capitalists hates you so much… ARHHHH, this is brutal, HA HA HA, this is your opposition when Trump returns preexisting conditions,on free market, she is one they are planning to protect you… http://www.infowars.com/out-of-touch-dems-re-elect-pelosi/

    1. Chia Cha

      Tariq and Assange, and Melania, they all are CIA actors (CIA international)… Go and count how many actors holds whole YT (new hollywood). Go with “real left” first because they are little smaller. It is task group of 30 at most (for 7B people). Costs are much lower, effects much stronger then Hollywood.

  20. Bo Larsson

    Dear Steve,

    thanks for your valuable analysis and comments!

    A very serious question: what do you think of Tulsi Gabbard, congress woman from Hawai, as Sec of state? She has quite high odds in the betting industry as candidate for Sec of state (after the guys in your analysis) : 14/1. She is young and maybe unexperienced but seems to have an extraordinary amount of talent, bravery and common sense.

    Would very much appreciate your analysis!

  21. EH

    Petraeus has a lot of baggage, as mentioned above. He’s still the front-runner by a nose. Rohrabacher turned down the assistant SoS position, saying he wouldn’t work for an SoS who wasn’t fully on board with Trump’s policies – which makes him the second-strongest candidate. Romney is unlikely, not trusted, dangling the SoS position in front of him was just to make humiliate him. Giuliani is out, he’s been an agent for Qatar and the MeK. Bolton is a faint possibility, but if so it would be as a scapegoat, Trump is eliminating the neocons.

  22. E.H.

    [What is up with the spam filter? It rejects things with no words or links that should set it off.]

    Petraeus has a lot of baggage, as mentioned above. He’s still the front-runner by a nose. Rohrabacher turned down the assistant SoS position, saying he wouldn’t work for an SoS who wasn’t fully on board with Trump’s policies – which makes him the second-strongest candidate. Romney is unlikely, not trusted, dangling the SoS position in front of him was just to make him kiss the ring then humiliate him. Giuliani is out, he’s been an agent for Qatar and the Mujahedin-e Khalq. Bolton is a faint possibility, but if so it would be a poisoned chalice, Trump is eliminating the neocons.

    Trump’s first SoS may not last long. It’s probably Petraeus first, which says to DoS “the cool war between the consulates and the bases is over. You lost. You’re occupied territory now.” Then Rohrabacher or somebody even more undiplomatic to soften the crusty ones up a bit more, it will take them a while to figure out they have no legitimate power apart from the orders of the president. Trump is setting up all the permanent government apparatchiks for a fall, and it’s not clear what he’s going to build after he demolishes the old power structure. He may succumb to the allure of the intelligence agencies pretending to serve him, but I think he’s smart enough to realize that they spend nearly all their time and effort at CYA, screwing up at enormous expense, or succeeding at things they shouldn’t have done in the first place. In a fight between the president and the permanent government, they can be counted on to work covertly against the president, so they’ll have to go eventually.

  23. DW Allen

    Dear Dr. Pieczednik,

    All of the candidates for the Sec. of State position whom you have identified are problematic, but for different reasons. The reasons have been suggested either by you or by those commenting in this discussion thread.
    I suggest looking elsewhere for an appropriate individual. I suggest that Trump seek and select a `man of knowledge’ instead of a `man of action’. The ideal candidate would be a multilingual, polymathic individual with a clear record of independent serious scholarship in the relevant areas of `social thought’ and with a demonstrated commitment to an essentially American worldview.
    More precisely, what sort of exemplary type am I talking about here? A figure such as the world-class sociologist Max Weber in early 20th century Germany, or the philosopher-anthropologist Ernest Gellner in post-War England are exemplary ideal historical types. The German social theorist Karl Mannheim who was originally selected to establish UNESCO at the United Nations is another such figure. The post-War sociologist Daniel Patrick Moynihan comes to mind in the American vein. The late Milton Singer, `Dean of American Anthropology’ at the University of Chicago is another who is true to type. To those who object that `Ivy Tower recruitment’ is fanciful I would remind them of American figures such as Brzezinsky and Kissinger. I am not necessarily underwriting the geopolitical world outlooks and strategic orientations of these two figures, but am simply drawing attention to the fact that each emerged out of the world of knowledge onto the stage of world politics as an accomplished member of the professional intelligentsia.
    — What this country does not need is another intellectual lightweight lacking the most basic social and historical education and insight needed to implement a wise American foreign policy, one based on that which is in our enlightened self-interest, corresponding very essentially to our fundamental national traditions.
    — At this time America could benefit greatly from having a wise social thinker heading up the State Department, a person with authoritative knowledge and visionary moral compass. The American people deserve and ought to demand a wise, thoughtful and eloquent statesman, a man of knowledge,. They should reject political personalities who blindly seek to control others, who seem to be constitutionally incapable of thinking in any other way than in terms of the technocratic exercise of power in the `dirty world of politics’.
    As for running a huge bureaucracy with 20,000 employees, this job is best delegated to loyal government functionaries with expertise in government administration..

  24. Billy wilson

    Giuliani: Child Molestation Case Skeleton in his Closet

  25. Silvia Plank

    Tulsi Gabbard?

  26. Maggie

    I am not a Democrat, but would love to see Cynthia McKinney.

  27. Serena

    What the F#%k !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    BREAKING: You Won’t Believe who Donald Trump Just Selected for his Secretary of State!
    Rex W Tillerson CEO of Exonn mobile Corporation. They are totally responsible for the death of much of Equador, people and the land. What the F%#K !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Exxon = death of the Earth What the F%#K !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    The only thing we need is clean energy. Free energy!!!!!!!!!!!! no more fossil fuels !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I thought he was going to be good now I’m thinking we are doomed. arrrrrrggh! Morons

  28. Serena

    BREAKING: TRUMP Names DOW CEO Head of US Manufacturing Council – New Plant in Michigan.
    OMG DOW Chemical = death wow DOW chemical is one of the most horrible companies on the planet. Like I said doesn’t matter how much money you have if the planet cannot sustain life. Mental midgets!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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