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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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    redc1c4 | January 10, 2019 at 1:06 pm

    it’s about damn time someone said that.


     
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    mailman | January 10, 2019 at 1:10 pm

    This is what REAL leadership looks like.

    Thank god the adults are back in the White House!

    Poor Barry, his pathetic legacy has gone the way of the Gong Show. Good riddance.


     
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    stablesort | January 10, 2019 at 1:38 pm

    Pompeo deserves a serious shot at the Presidency.

      This speech was far more appropriate as a statement of principles for the Pompeo Administration than the Trump Administration. I mean, no retreat? Trump certainly has a policy of standing with Egypt and Saudi Arabia… a policy I don’t expect to continue under any Democratic administrations, at least not without overwhelming regime change. But, it can be easily read as a repudiation of withdrawing from Syria or anywhere else. After all, that is “retreat” in Pompeo’s intellectual environment.


         
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        mailman in reply to JBourque. | January 11, 2019 at 10:36 am

        Oh dear god no. You numbskulls haven’t worked out that the ONLY reason this speech took place was because TRUMP!

        Jesus…Trump truly is a miracle worker. First he killed millions due to net neutrality repeal. The resurrected those millions to kill them again with tax cuts…and again (TWICE) with two SCOTUS appointments. There truly is nothing Trump can’t do! 🙂


         
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        Mac45 in reply to JBourque. | January 11, 2019 at 11:38 am

        The pre-Trump DC politicians are directly responsible for the Syrian problem.

        First, the Obama administration embarks on a program to encourage the rise of radical Islamist groups. Then, it actively assists in the ouster of moderate Islamic leaders, such as Kadahfi. It provides direct support for anti-Assad forces in Syria, most of whom are Islamic radicals. This allows for the rise of ISIL/S. It withdraws US troops from Iraq, creating a power vacuum. This allows ISIL/S to expand into Iraq. This requires the US to directly engage ISIL/S in Iraq. When the US enters Eastern Syria, as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, it brings the US into direct contact with Russian military assets. Because of the domestic political attacks on Trump, which cast Russia as a direct enemy of the US, Trump is unable to seek cooperation with Russia, to reduce ISIL and control Iranian, and later Turkish, adventurism in Syria. Obama policies toward Iran further encouraged that adventurism.

        The US, during the Obama Administration, directly created the conditions which allowed the recent problems in the Middle East to develop. And, US political opposition to DJT made it impossible to engage in any cooperative effort with Russia to deal with Middle Eastern problems. We own the recent Mideast situation.


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