NYT Opinion Writer Compares Rex Tillerson To Pol Pot

By NTK Staff | 08.22.2017 @10:45am

Bret Stephens said that Rex Tillerson could be the worst secretary of state in American history during an interview on Monday.

New York Times’ opinion writer Bret Stephens compared Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to communist leader Pol Pot, who was responsible for possibly millions of deaths during his reign. Stephens made the remarks during a segment on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Tuesday.

Host Joe Scarborough asked Stephens how he would rate Tillerson’s performance thus far as secretary of state.

“I was a stern critic of John Kerry, but I think Tillerson really is up there as a nominee for worst secretary of state ever,” Stephens responded.

Scarborough followed up by asking Stephens why he rated Tillerson so poorly.

“The State Department is also part of the machinery of government, and that machinery has to run in order for normal things to happen, like having relationships with foreign countries or having consular services for U.S. people,” Stephens responded. “Tillerson seems to be of a kind of Maoist school, maybe it’s Pol Pot.”

“Wow. Okay, that is… Okay, if that is in fact the case, that is like one of the worst secretary of state’s of all time,” Scarborough interjected at Stephens’ comparison of Tillerson to Pol Pot.

“I don’t mean the Killing Fields,” Stephens responded to Scarborough in an attempt to clarify his remarks. “I mean the year zero mentality. Blow it all up, see what happens, wait for a while and then try to arrange the pieces as you see fit. That might work in a start-up environment. It doesn’t work in a bureaucracy with 70,000 people.”

Pol Pot is considered one of the worst, most ruthless communist leaders in history. More, from the “History Channel” here:

“Pol Pot (1925-1998) and his communist Khmer Rouge movement led Cambodia from 1975 to 1979. During that time, about 1.5 million Cambodians out of a total population of 7 to 8 million died of starvation, execution, disease or overwork. Some estimates place the death toll even higher.”

Stephens took to twitter to walk back the Pol Pot metaphor after the show:

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