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    Pompeo Rejects Obama’s Policy in Egypt: ‘The Age of Self-Inflicted American Shame is Over’

    Pompeo Rejects Obama’s Policy in Egypt: ‘The Age of Self-Inflicted American Shame is Over’

    “Let me be clear: America will not retreat until the terror fight is over.”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABM4YeVkCJQ

    Back in 2009, former President Barack Obama delivered a speech at American University in Cairo, Egypt, that “promised a new beginning with Muslim and Arab countries.” The right criticized Obama “for placing too much blame on the U.S. for strife in the region.”

    On Thursday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo rejected Obama’s Middle East policy and stated “the age of self-inflicted American shame is over.”

    From Fox News:

    Pompeo, while not mentioning Obama by name, said that “it was here, in this city, another American stood before you” and “told you that radical Islamist terrorism does not stem from ideology.”

    “He told you that 9/11 led my country to abandon its ideals, particularly in the Middle East,” he said at the American University in Cairo. “He told you that the United States and the Muslim world needed ‘a new beginning.’ The results of these misjudgments have been dire.”

    Pompeo said that under Obama, the U.S. abandoned its allies and was “timid” about asserting itself, that the U.S. “grossly underestimated the tenacity and viciousness of radical Islamism,” and kept silent as Iranians tried to rise up against the regime in Tehran.

    He also criticized Obama-era policy for “wishful thinking [that] led us to look the other way” as Hezbollah built up its weaponry in Lebanon, and for doing nothing as Syrian President Bashar Assad gassed his own people.

    Pompeo turned his attention to Iran and attacked the nuclear deal, which President Donald Trump withdrew America from in 2018. From The Times of Israel:

    “President Trump has reversed our willful blindness to the danger of the regime and withdrew from the failed nuclear deal, with its false promises,” Pompeo said. “Countries increasingly understand that we must confront the ayatollahs, not coddle them.”

    He said that “In Lebanon, Hezbollah remains a major presence, but we won’t accept this status quo. Our aggressive sanctions campaign against Iran is also directed at the terror group and its leaders.”

    He also promised our allies in the Middle East that America will always be there:

    “Our aim is to partner with our friends and vigorously oppose our enemies, because a strong, secure, and economically viable Middle East is in our national interest – and yours,” he said. “Let me be clear: America will not retreat until the terror fight is over.”

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    Next stop, Guatemala? Mexico? Chicago?


     
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    Observer | January 10, 2019 at 2:19 pm

    the U.S. “grossly underestimated the tenacity and viciousness of radical Islamism,”
    ________________________

    And we will continue to do so for as long as we continue to indulge the fantasy that muslims engaging in violence in the name of islam are somehow “radical” islamists.

    Muslims seeking to spread islam across the globe are not “radical.” They are more accurately described as devout, or compliant, or observant muslims.

    The koran teaches muslims that it is their duty to spread islam around the world. It also teaches them that non-muslims are their enemies and their inferiors, and that muslims are justified in fighting and killing non-muslims, and taking their lands and their wealth.

    The west is not going to “de-radicalize” muslims because the “radical” beliefs — in islam’s supremacy over all other religions and ideologies, and in muslims’ right to impose islam on non-muslims through violence — are core tenets of the islamic faith.

    And we’re not going to change that fact by ignoring it or wishing it away.


     
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    Valerie | January 10, 2019 at 2:24 pm

    Flashback: The speech millions in the Middle East (and I) had hoped Obama would make.

    Speech and transcript at c-span
    https://www.c-span.org/video/?428828-1/president-addresses-arabislamicamerican-summit-riyadh

    Transcript at Reddit
    https://www.reddit.com/r/The_Donald/comments/6ch4wq/president_trumps_full_speech_in_saudia_arabia/

    I did not vote for Obama, but I thought he would be an American President like other American Presidents, and I hoped that he would trade on his background living overseas to bring about rapproachement with Muslims of good will. Instead, he did that idiotic apology tour, making the country look feckless, a very dangerous blunder. We are not feckless, and pretending to be so in front of our enemies invites trouble.


     
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    gonzotx | January 10, 2019 at 2:38 pm

    We won’t recede till the next obama

    Think Beto, the fake Mexican

    Terrifying really

    The best speech by an American Secretary of State ever!


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