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“The illegal we do immediately; the unconstitutional takes a little longer“, said then US Sec. of State, and now Putin friend-Tillerson for Sec. of State supporter, Henry Kissinger, when discussing how to skirt-undermine US Sanctions, with which he disagreed.
Notorious Chilean Dictator Pinochet with Henry Kissinger
While no one appears to have investigated if Exxon Mobil, and thus former CEO Rex Tillerson, is in violation of US sanctions at the deepwater Russian Sakhalin project (or elsewhere) – and if they have sent, or received, US equipment and parts for Sakhalin, they would appear to be in legal violation, we do know from a FOIA document that Tillerson supporter, Henry Kissinger, actively undermined sanctions voted by the US Congress, with which he disagreed, while Secretary of State. Whether or not Tillerson has violated the letter of the law he certainly has violated the intent of the law (which is full of too many loopholes to be very effective), thus undermining it. He has also been accused of undermining US policies elsewhere and putting Exxon Mobil interests first.
In the framework of trying to skirt around and undermine the US law, then US Secretary of State Kissinger stated: “Before the Freedom of Information Act, I used to say at meetings, ‘The illegal we do immediately; the unconstitutional takes a little longer.” (Henry Kissinger, then US Secretary of State and Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, in 1975 to the Turkish Foreign Minister)
The above was said in the context of how Kissinger was going to skirt around and otherwise undermine sanctions against Turkey imposed by the US Congress, with which he disagreed.
As Politico pointed out on Christmas Eve: “Kissinger, a longtime Putin confidant, sidles up to Trump” By Nahal Toosi and Isaac Arnsdorf, 12/24/16. As they further state, Kissinger Associates is indeed a member of the U.S.-Russia Business Council, which includes ExxonMobil.
Rex Tillerson, CEO of Exxon Mobil until a month ago, is President Trump’s pick for Secretary of State. His nomination left committee with 11 for and 10 against and is now in the US Senate. Perhaps he reminded Rubio and McCain of his personal contributions, along with Exxon Mobil PAC and employee contributions, to their campaigns in order to get his nomination out of committee. They suddenly forgot their qualms about Russia. Rubio, McCain and other Senate Republicans should recuse themselves from the confirmation vote: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2017/01/30/sec-of-state-nominee-tillerson-personal-donations-to-senate-republicans-senate-republicans-should-recuse-themselves-from-voting/
Kissinger and Tillerson appear cut from similar material, as Telesur pointed out, and so it is unsurprising that “former U.S. secretary of state and alleged war criminal Henry Kissinger has come out to praise U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for secretary of state, ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson…” http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/War-Criminal-Kissinger-Dotes-Praise-on-Trump-Secretary-Pick-20161215-0014.html
Kissinger is content with Tillerson’s Russia ties – both Exxon Mobil and Kissinger Associates are members of the US-Russia Business Council and allegedly Tillerson and Kissinger are both friends with Putin.
It is worth noting that a former Kissinger Associates employee, Tim Geithner, as Secretary of the Treasury, was the CFIUS (US government) lead man for selling American uranium mines to Russia in the Uranium One deal. Hillary Clinton was not the lead, and only one of many who signed off.
As Tina Solin of Greenpeace USA has pointed out “The Secretary of State is the country’s top diplomat, in charge of representing U.S. interests around the globe. Not only does Tillerson have no diplomatic or government experience, he’s repeatedly violated U.S. policies to boost Exxon’s bottom line.
For example, he went against State Department policy to cut a deal with the Kurdish government to drill for oil, undermining U.S. and Iraqi leadership in the region. His explanation? “I had to do what was best for my shareholders.”
And that rash decision follows a long pattern of Exxon doing what it wanted, where it wanted, with whom it wanted — as long as it meant drilling and profits… Tillerson as Secretary of State would virtually guarantee an oil rush in the Russian Arctic — oil that’s only accessible due to climate change in the first place. In 2011, Tillerson’s Exxon signed a $500 billion agreement with Russian state-run oil company Rosneft. In 2014, State Department sanctions blocked them from drilling and cost Exxon $1 billion. As Secretary of State, Tillerson would have a say in lifting these sanctions, enriching … his former employer without any clear benefit to the American people.“. http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/infographic-4-things-you-need-to-know-about-secretary-of-state-nominee-rex-tillerson/
About the time-period when Kissinger was undermining US Congress approved sanctions (1975): “… dramatic events during the Nixon and Ford administrations; in particular, the attempt by the Greek military Junta to depose Cypriot leader Makarios III in July 1974 and the subsequent Turkish invasion of Cyprus. The 1974 Cyprus crisis still posed a daunting set of interrelated policy challenges two and a half years later. First, the Turkish invasion created a violent de facto division of Cyprus between its ethnic Greek and ethnic Turkish communities. Second, Greece, citing the inability of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to prevent the invasion, removed itself from the Alliance’s military structure. And third, the U.S. Congress, in protest of the Ford administration’s perceived “tilt” toward Turkey in this dispute, imposed an arms embargo on Turkey, which went into effect in February 1975…”
Read the entire FOIA document here: https://nsarchive.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/kiss-foia.pdf
Top Photo Creative Commons: Kissinger and Pinochet, 1976, Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores de Chile:
Source Archivo General Histórico del Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores
Author Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores de Chile.