Arlene Saenz – The New York Times:
When President-elect Donald J. Trump offered Rick Perry the job of energy secretary five weeks ago, Mr. Perry gladly accepted, believing he was taking on a role as a global ambassador for the American oil and gas industry that he had long championed in his home state.
In the days after, Mr. Perry, the former Texas governor, discovered that he would be no such thing — that in fact, if confirmed by the Senate, he would become the steward of a vast national security complex he knew almost nothing about, caring for the most fearsome weapons on the planet, the United States’ nuclear arsenal.
Rick Perry, who proved himself not the sharpest knife in the kitchen during his failed campaign for the GOP nomination, wanted to eliminate the Department of Energy:
“Three right off the bat, you know, commerce, interior and energy are three that you think,” Perry said during a radio interview with Bill Edwards on WTKS Radio in Savannah.
Perry made no mention of the Department of Education, one of the agencies he consistently rails against on the campaign trail, until Edwards asked Perry later in the interview if he’d eliminate that department as well.
Now that he’s accepted the job of running the department that he’d have dismantled, he learns what it really exists to do – steward our nuclear labs, the development work and testing they do, and deployment and safety of the US nuclear arsenal.
Perry’s awakening to the job at hand is a reflection of the Trump administration as a whole, beginning with the man at the top: unqualified, unaware, and aggressively ignorant of the duties before them.
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