Secretary Blinken Rebrands His Department From State to War

Since he took office 15 months ago, Secretary of State Antony Blinken appears to be under the delusion he’s U.S. Secretary of War, not State. Blinken has completely abrogated his role as America’s chief diplomat, refusing to talk with his Soviet counterpart Sergey Lavrov for the past 61 days, an interval encompassing the entire 52 day Russian invasion of Ukraine.

We just learned Wednesday from Blinken counselor Derek Chollet that Blinken’s negotiating team refused to even consider Russia’s security concerns regarding NATO’s membership for Ukraine, a red line to Russia they’ve been warning us about for two decades. Chollet spilled the beans on Blinken saying “We made clear to the Russians that we were willing to talk to them on issues that we thought were genuine concerns they have that were legitimate in some way, I mean arms control type things of that nature. But the future of Ukraine was a non-issue.”

That’s a good way to completely abrogate diplomacy, provoking the world’s most nuclear armed country to launch a criminal war. Now, Ukraine is in ruins, thousands are dead on both sides, with no end in sight. Worse, triggering the slightest tripwire between the two real combatants, the US and Russia, brings nuclear Doomsday.

Another State Department official reports that Blinken informed his NATO counterparts that though the war will likely continue throughout 2022, his diplomacy is focused on how best to end it as quickly as possible.

For Blinken, “quickly” means negotiating with allies to join America pouring endless billions in weaponry into its client state Ukraine. That guarantees the war will fulfill Blinken’s prediction, possibly even that of Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair Mike Milley, who predicted several years of war.

Would somebody please inform Secretary of Blinken that the War Department was abolished 75 years ago this September 18, when Kenneth C. Royall, the 56th and last War Secretary, stepped down?

However, having spent the past 13 years advising first Vice President Biden, President Obama and now President Biden on America’s senseless wars, it understandable how Blinken could be so thoroughly confused on how to actually have prevented and now end the current war.

Walt Zlotow became involved in antiwar activities upon entering University of Chicago in 1963. He is current president of the West Suburban Peace Coalition based in the Chicago western suburbs. He blogs daily on antiwar and other issues at

8 thoughts on “Secretary Blinken Rebrands His Department From State to War”

  1. Blinken‘s past is interesting. His paternal Great Grandfather was a pornographer and ran a brothel in New York City. His step father and the man who raised him, was Samuel Pisar. Pisar is none other than Robert Maxwell‘s Consigliere. He gave the eulogy at Robert Maxwell‘s state funeral.

    Given the similar ages and life in small wealthy society – it is a certainty that Blinken and Ghislaine Maxwell knew each other in childhood as well as had connections in young adulthood.

    Given those connections – what is the chance that Blinken benefitted from Epstein‘s white slavery extortion ring ?

    1. I think we all know why these people are connected, but we can’t say.

      Also, Epstein said his money came from wealthy clients letting him invest for them. But his only known client is Lesley “Les” Wexner, who, oddly, could buy Victoria’s Secret from its founder for just a million dollars. The founder committed suicide some years later. Through Victoria’s Secret Wexner and Epstein could get access to a lot of young women hoping to make it in the fashion world, needing money.

      Les Wexner’s Wikipedia page:

      “Wexner had a very close relationship with Jeffrey Epstein that began in the 1980s and continued until Epstein’s death. Wexner allowed Jeffrey Epstein to run his business out of a house he owned and resided in whilst CEO of Victoria’s Secret.”

      The group, which Wexner co-chaired with Charles Bronfman, went on to inspire a number of philanthropic initiatives such as the Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education, Birthright Israel, and the upgrading of national Hillel. [Wexner also had ties to the Israeli government which aren’t on his Wikipedia page.]

      President George W. Bush appointed Wexner to serve in the Honorary Delegation to accompany him to Jerusalem for the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the State of Israel in May 2008.

      In 2015, Wexner donated $500,000 to the Right to Rise USA Super-Pac that supported the 2016 presidential campaign of Jeb Bush.

      The Columbus Dispatch reported on September 14, 2018, that Wexner had renounced his affiliation with the Republican Party due to changes in its nature. Wexner made his comment shortly after former President Obama gave a speech on the same Columbus Partnership panel that Wexner addressed.

      A heavy supporter of pro-immigration Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush, cutting his ties with the GOP when a GOP president advocated reducing mass immigration. While he funds pro-Israeli initiatives – a state that not only has no mass immigration, but quite the opposite, takes more land for its people. What are the odds that someone like Wexner would have these kind of opinions? Very high.

  2. “Would somebody please inform Secretary of Blinken that the War Department was abolished 75 years ago this September 18, when Kenneth C. Royall, the 56th and last War Secretary, stepped down?”

    The War Department never went away. The name was changed to protect the guilty.

  3. Antony Blinken is too busy asking Netanyahu and Naftali Bennett what more they want from the American taxpayers. That’s the only kind of diplomacy he likes.

  4. I seriously don’t know what about Blinken has accomplished as a Secretary of State. Nobody praised Trump’s state department, but Blinken actually has managed to do worse. God help us all.

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