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The sense that Tillerson was moving from dead man walking to former secretary increased Thursday, as both The New York Times and The Washington Post reported that the White House was readying plans for a transition at State.Mike Pompeo, the feisty and politically ambitious CIA director who's likely headed to State, is the anti-Tillerson. He's flamboyant where Tillerson is guarded; sharp and sometimes snarky where Tillerson is reticent. He's a far better communicator than Tillerson, and he'll probably do better conveying to Congress, the public and U.S. allies his version of diplomacy than did Tillerson, whose dislike for his job was palpable.Pompeo is good at the things Tillerson wasn't.Pompeo knows as well as Tillerson did that U.S. military options are bad, and that working with allies is an essential requirement. Pompeo has been aggressively developing covert options for North Korea, but he probably agrees with Tillerson that there is no "silver bullet" for solving this problem.
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