I’m confused. I suspect this is by design.
So Trump says we’re out of the Paris Accord. Done deal. Just out.
Then Tillerson says we might stay in if we can negotiate a ‘deal’ that is good for the USA.
Then Trump says, no we’re out. Maybe-kinda-sorta.
Well, all this leaves me a bit disoriented. As a negotiating technique, that’s a good one.
So is Trump just sending “mixed messages” to disrupt the enemy camp? Is he in fact “transactional” and willing to “cut a new deal” if he sees some gain (unfettered by worries over the lies and deception of the Global Warming Cabal)? Is Tillerson being the diplomat while Trump is being the voice of principle as they do a Mutt & Jeff? (Good Cop / Bad Cop).
I can’t tell.
Yet, done well, you really ought not be able to tell. A deception disruption must look real to be believed. A successful transaction requires that the opposite side believe you are ready to just walk away at any moment, yet would like to make a deal. Politics and the art of the Mutt & Jeff requires that both players be believed in their rolls. Ideally, you want it to be impossible for the opposition to know your game plan until the game is over.
I want to believe that Trump knows Global Warming is a bucket of steaming lies soaked in piss water and vinegar and spewed for effect at anyone not signed up with The Left, so is just toying with Them to keep Them off balance. But that is what would be wanted from the Skeptics; so is the outcome other strategies would be expecting.
Does Trump really have any Centered Principles on “Global Warming”? I just don’t know. He’s made some nice words about canning it. He wants a “deal” good for the USA. But is that from the principle that the whole “Global Warming” charade is a crock? Or just from the principle of making money for the USA? (And not getting soaked for $Billions…)
I have this vague feeling of disquiet about it all. That Paris might not be mortally wounded after all, rising from the near-dead, like the Vampire it is, to suck the green blood of money from everyone it can.
Hopefully we’ll get clue “shortly”. For now, I’m just not sure what to think.