Tillerson Tries to Avoid Tough Questions on Putin

Tillerson Tries to Avoid Tough Questions on Putin January 12, 2017

Rex Tillerson, Trump’s nominee for secretary of state, has very close ties to Vladimir Putin, who actually gave him a medal as a friend of Russia. That explains why he was so evasive and sophist in answering tough questions about Putin’s vicious actions.


Rubio, who expressed “serious concerns” about Tillerson’s nomination last month, detailed alleged Russian war crimes in Syria and listed some of Putin’s political opponents who have been murdered.

“Do you believe that Vladimir Putin and his cronies are responsible for ordering the murder of countless dissidents?” Rubio asked.

Tillerson said he didn’t have enough information to make that claim, and Rubio asked if he was aware that Putin’s political opponents “wind up dead all over the world” — and he asked whether those slayings were simply coincidental.

“Well, people who speak up for freedom in regimes that are oppressive are often at threat, and these things happen to them,” Tillerson said. “In terms of assigning specific responsibilities, I would have to have more information.”

Ah, that sudden switch into the passive voice, always a sign of prevarication. People who criticize oppressive regimes often end up dead. These things just happen to them. But why is that? Because those oppressive regimes kill them, as Putin has done many times with his critics. You know, mistakes were made. No specific person made the mistakes, they were just made, magically, by no one at all. Disingenuous much?

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