Undermined and Understaffed, Tillerson Arrives in Europe Like a ‘Ghost Ship’

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson leaves the podium after addressing a media conference at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Dec. 6, 2017 (AP photo by Virginia Mayo).
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson leaves the podium after addressing a media conference at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Dec. 6, 2017 (AP photo by Virginia Mayo).

The month of November saw a marked increase in the phenomenon known in Japan as “ghost ships”—North Korean fishing vessels that wash ashore or into Japanese waters, often empty or filled with the remains of deceased sailors. It seems like a fitting image for a visit taking place half the world away in Brussels, where U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrived yesterday for a European trip that will see him continue on to Austria and France. The parallels apply on a number of levels. Tillerson himself has been considered the political equivalent of a dead man walking—rumored to be […]

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