Uh… What Did Pompeo Mean When He Vowed To “Push Back” Against Corbyn?

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10-06-19 06:31:00,

An audio recording from a private meeting that was leaked to The Washington Post reportedly features US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo vowing to “push back” against surging British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, and many are concerned that what he said sounds an awful lot like a top US official promising to interfere in the UK’s democratic process.

At a closed-door meeting with Jewish leaders earlier this month, one of the attendees asked Pompeo if Corbyn becomes Prime Minister, “would you be willing to work with us to take on actions if life becomes very difficult for Jews in the UK?”

Before I get to Pompeo’s response, I should interrupt myself to note that nobody actually believes that Corbyn would make life difficult for Jews in the UK. Anyone who claims to believe this is lying. Usually when you hear people regurgitating bullshit establishment lines they’re people who are acting basically in good faith, who are only spouting bullshit because they have been propagandized. Not so in this case. The idea that a man with a lifelong history of opposing bigotry is a secret antisemite who will facilitate the persecution of Jews if given the opportunity is a completely baseless smear campaign, and everyone knows it, including those who advance it.

The notion that Jeremy Corbyn advances antisemitism is literally just some gibberish the smear merchants made up to prevent the rise of a politician who threatens to upset existing power structures. It’s exactly as believable and exactly as legitimate as if British newspapers were constantly running headlines claiming that Corbyn is actually three children standing on each other’s shoulders inside grown-up’s clothes; the one and only difference is that they were able to make the antisemitism smear stick. Anyone who pretends to believe that Corbyn is a closet antisemite is exactly as honest and credible as someone who solemnly tells you, “I am very concerned about the fact that the Labour Party is led by a man who is secretly a cartoon mascot for a children’s breakfast cereal.”

Oh my days. Why isn’t this all over the news? This should be huge.

Mike Pompeo Threatens To Intervene In British Democracy To Stop Corbyn Becoming Prime Minister
Via @RespectIsVital https://t.co/dkeO95mjlm

— Rachael Swindon (@Rachael_Swindon) June 10,

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Pompeo says US intel only OCCASIONALLY ‘gets things wrong’, after bragging about ‘lying’ CIA

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04-06-19 09:56:00,

US intelligence agencies occasionally make mistakes but should still be trusted and taken at their word, according to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who once famously boasted that the CIA “lies, cheats and steals.”

In an interview with Euronews, the former CIA chief insisted that US intelligence agencies are right to consider Chinese telecom giant Huawei a national security threat – a claim that has been disputed by Washington’s European allies.

There’s no doubt the intelligence community gets things wrong from time to time but their overall body of work is excellent and to be relied upon and trusted.

He bragged further that “Western countries, liberal democracies share a common value set. The Chinese don’t share that value set.”

While the US insists Huawei products contain “backdoors” which can be used to spy on behalf of the Chinese government, no proof of the alleged snooping operation has yet been produced. Unconvinced by the unsupported claims, some of Washington’s closest allies have rejected US pressure to end cooperation with the Chinese firm. Germany, for example, announced in March that it would not prevent Huawei from bidding on contracts to develop the country’s 5G networks.

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Germany won’t ban Huawei & ready to oppose US pressure – economy minister

Berlin and others are right to be weary of Washington’s evidence-scarce accusations against Huawei. In just the last two decades, US intelligence agencies have been repeatedly accused of misleading and lying to the American public and the international community.

Their less than stellar track record includes providing dubious intelligence about Saddam Hussein’s non-existent weapons of mass destruction program, and runs right up to the current day.

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‘We lied, we cheated, we stole’: Pompeo offers honest, if disturbing admission about CIA activity

Anonymous sources in the intelligence agency were repeatedly cited by the media to push now-debunked Russiagate. Former CIA Director John Brennan even predicted that there would be big-name indictments before the release of Robert Mueller’s deflating report. When the indictments never came, Brennan suggested that he “may have received bad information.”

Pompeo himself has seemingly contradicted his own assertion that America’s spooks should be trusted.

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Kein Krieg mit dem Iran – Pompeo go home! | KenFM.de

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28-05-19 06:59:00,

Presseinformation des aufstehen Basis-Trägervereins e. V. vom 27. Mai 2019.

Derzeit bedrohen die USA den Iran und missachten dabei rücksichtslos das Völkerrecht! Das Iran-Atomabkommen, das durch die Resolution des UN-Sicherheitsrates vom 20.07.2015 für alle Staaten völkerrechtlich verbindlich geworden ist, wurde einseitig von den USA gekündigt. Der Iran hat das Abkommen wie vereinbart umgesetzt und keinen Anlass zu einer Prüfung einer Vertragsverletzung gegeben.

Die USA haben diesen Vertrag völkerrechtswidrig, ohne Einbeziehung des UN-Sicherheitsrates verlassen und frühere als auch neue Sanktionen gegen den Iran durchgesetzt, um einen Zusammenbruch der Wirtschaftsstruktur und der öffentlichen Ordnung hervorzurufen, um somit das Land zu destabilisieren.

Zusätzlich maßen sich die USA an, andere Staaten über Sekundärsanktionen in ihre völkerrechtswidrige Erpressung des Iran einzubeziehen, und mischen sich so auch in die innere Angelegen-heiten befreundeter Staaten ein.

Wir fordern die Bundesregierung auf, JETZT zu handeln!

Bitte unterstützen Sie durch Ihre Anwesenheit unsere Forderungen bei folgender Protestkundgebung, erheben auch Sie Ihre Stimme gegen Krieg mit dem Iran!

Freitag,  31. Mai 2019

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Protestmarsch von der Siegessäule zum Brandenburger Tor

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Pompeo confirms $8.1bn arms sales to Arab nations without Congress approval to ‘deter Iran’

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25-05-19 08:15:00,

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has confirmed that the administration has invoked a rarely-used legal statute to “immediately” clear $8.1 billion in arms sales to its Arab allies in order to “deter Iranian aggression.”

The transfer of weapons to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan, which reportedly includes a number of Raytheon precision-guided munitions (PGMs) and Javelin anti-tank missiles, cannot be delayed any longer “during a time of increasing regional volatility,” Pompeo said in a statement on Friday.

That “volatility”, according to the top US diplomat, comes from Iran, whose perceived “threat” the Trump administration has been drumming up in the recent weeks. The Pentagon has sent a carried group, bombers, air defense missiles and 1,500 troops to the region, having accused Tehran of an ongoing campaign” against Washington’s allies and interests.

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‘Patriots,’ fighter jets, spies & engineers: What US is sending to Mid East after hyping Iran threat

“These sales will support our allies, enhance Middle East stability, and help these nations to deter and defend themselves from the Islamic Republic of Iran,” Pompeo said, criticizing the Senate for stalling on the review of the deals.

Foreign arms sales normally require congressional review, but the law allows the president to skip legislative approval by declaring an emergency and citing “national security interests.” The same method was used to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia in the run-up to the 1991 Gulf War and the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

Lawmakers have been refusing to give their seal of approval to the weapons sales, in part due to concerns over the reports of mounting civilian casualties in the Saudi-led bombing campaign in Yemen.

Senator Robert Menendez (D-New Jersey), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, blasted the Trump administration’s decision to move ahead with the sales while sidestepping a congressional review.

“I am disappointed, but not surprised, that the Trump administration has failed once again to prioritize our long-term national security interests or stand up for human rights, and instead is granting favors to authoritarian countries like Saudi Arabia,” Menendez said.

Without going into specifics of the deliveries, Pompeo said that the military equipment that to be shipped to the Arab countries includes “intelligence,

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What Putin and Pompeo did not talk about | The Vineyard of the Saker

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15-05-19 07:56:00,

by Pepe Escobar : Posted with permission

Russia is uneasy over the destabilization of Tehran, and on other hotspots the powers’ positions are clear.

Even veiled by thick layers of diplomatic fog, the overlapping meetings in Sochi between US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and President Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov still offer tantalizing geopolitical nuggets.

Russian presidential aide Yury Ushakov did his best to smooth the utterly intractable, admitting there was “no breakthrough yet” during the talks but at least the US “demonstrated a constructive approach.”

Putin told Pompeo that after his 90-minute phone call with Trump, initiated by the White House, and described by Ushakov as “very good,” the Russian president “got the impression that the [US] president was inclined to re-establish Russian-American relations and contacts to resolve together the issues that are of mutual interest to us.”

That would imply a Russiagate closure. Putin told Pompeo, in no uncertain terms, that Moscow never interfered in the US elections, and that the Mueller report proved that there was no connection between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign.

This adds to the fact Russiagate has been consistently debunked by the best independent American investigators such as the VIPS group.   

‘Interesting’ talk on Iran

Let’s briefly review what became public of the discussions on multiple (hot and cold) conflict fronts – Venezuela, North Korea, Afghanistan, Iran.

Venezuela – Ushakov reiterated the Kremlin’s position: “Any steps that may provoke a civil war in the country are inadmissible.” The future of President Maduro was apparently not part of the discussion.

That brings to mind the recent Arctic Council summit. Both Lavrov and Pompeo were there. Here’s a significant exchange:

Lavrov: I believe you don’t represent the South American region, do you?

Pompeo: We represent the entire hemisphere.

Lavrov: Oh, the hemisphere. Then what’s the US doing in the Eastern Hemisphere, in Ukraine, for instance?

There was no response from Pompeo.

North Korea – Even acknowledging that the Trump administration is “generally ready to continue working [with Pyongyang] despite the stalemate at the last meeting, Ushakov again reiterated the Kremlin’s position: Pyongyang will not give in to “any type of pressure,” and North Korea wants “a respectful approach” and international security guarantees.

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Pompeo Meeting EU Counterparts on Iran – Global Research

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14-05-19 08:16:00,

Last week he turned truth on its head, claiming Tehran and/or its allies intend attacking US regional forces — a bald-faced Big Lie. Not a shred of credible evidence.

On Monday in Brussels, Pompeo is meeting with his French, German and UK counterparts, along with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, discussion focusing on Iran.

Last week, Tehran gave JCPOA signatories Britain, France, and Germany 60 days to fulfill their pledged commitments, what they failed to do for the past year since Trump illegally withdrew from the binding international agreement.

Its patience worn thin, Tehran announced a partial JCPOA pullback, short of withdrawing from the deal —  relating to enrichment and storage of uranium and heavy water, it legal right under articles 26 and 36, a statement adding:

“Iran stands ready to continue its consultations with the remaining parties to the deal at all levels, but it will swiftly and firmly react to any irresponsible measure, including returning the case (of Iran’s legal nuclear program) to the Security Council or imposing more sanctions.”

Brussels failed to implement “practical measures” to circumvent unlawful Trump regime sanctions.

As a result, the Islamic Republic’s only option is to “reduce its commitments” under the JCPOA. According to Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran’s action is “an opportunity for other parties to the deal to take required measures, and not just issue (meaningless) statements.”

Pompeo in Brussels will surely pressure his EU counterparts to reject its 60-day demand, pushing them to back Trump regime hostility toward Iran over adhering to JCPOA provisions.

Ideally he’d like Britain, France, and Germany to withdraw from the deal if Tehran follows through on partially pulling back from its commitments as announced, its legal right under its provisions.

EU JCPOA signatory countries rhetorically back Iran’s rights under the deal, their actions contradicting their public posture.

For the past year after Trump’s pullout, they consistently failed to follow through on their rhetorical promises with constructive policy measures, forcing Iran to push the envelope by its May 8 announcement.

Instead of challenging Trump’s unacceptable hostility toward Iran, risking possible war, the EU backs what demands denunciation by inaction — delaying and equivocating for the past year,

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Pompeo Skips Moscow Trip To Pressure EU Officials In Brussels On Iran

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13-05-19 02:32:00,

It seems for the State Department lately it’s all Iran and Venezuela all the time, or perhaps there’s just an aversion to real diplomatic work. 

After snubbing Germany’s Merkel last week to make an unplanned stop in Iraq to pressure leaders there into resisting cooperation with Iran, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday scrapped a scheduled trip to Moscow, diverting his plane for a surprise visit to Brussels to presumably crash an EU meeting exploring ways of salvaging the Iran nuclear deal. 

Last week Pompeo made a detour to Baghdad, snubbing Germany’s Merkel, in order to talk Iran. Image source: New York Times

It appears the “maximum pressure” campaign involves America’s top diplomat throwing his weight around in person anywhere around the globe their might be dissent among US allies.

Key European signatories of the 2015 landmark deal the British, French and German governments — are seeking European coordinated efforts to prevent the JCPOA from collapsing. 

Pompeo scrapped plans for a brief trip to Moscow and will land in the Belgian capital as his 28 EU counterparts gather. President Donald Trump’s top envoy plans to meet with key European allies, though the details are not yet known. — Bloomberg

Iran’s leaders last week threatened to pull out of key terms of the deal, asserting Europe has done little toward sanctions relief, and issued a 60-day ultimatum for Europe to honor its obligations. The EU responded that would reject any ultimatums. 

According to Bloomberg, Pompeo will still travel to Russia on Tuesday where he plans to meeting with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas told reporters just ahead of the EU meeting in Brussels: “This agreement is necessary for our security; nobody wants Iran to possess an atomic bomb,” while EU foreign-policy chief Federica Mogherini described plans for Pompeo’s visit and meetings “still up in the air”.

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Pompeo Lies, Cheats and Steals (But He’s Still a Good Christian) – Global Research

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03-05-19 04:25:00,

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently recounted to an audience at Texas A&M University that when he was head of the Central Intelligence Agency he was responsible for “lying, cheating and stealing” to benefit the United States. “Like we had entire training courses. It reminds you of the glory of the American experiment.”

The Secretary made the comment with a grin, noting that when he was a cadet at West Point he subscribed to the Academy honor code, which stated that “You will not lie, cheat, or steal or tolerate those who do.” The largely student audience clearly appreciated the irony and laughed and applauded, though it is not clear what they made of the “glory of the American experiment.” The normally humorless Pompeo was suggesting ironically that yesterday’s Pompeo would be required to turn today’s Pompeo into the appropriate authorities for lying and also conniving at high crimes and misdemeanors while at the Agency.

Certainly, some might find Pompeo’s admission a bit lame though perhaps understandable as he arrived at the CIA without any experience in intelligence. Someone should have whispered in his ear, “That is what spy agencies do Mike.” And if he found the moral ambiguities vexing, he should have turned down the job. Equally lame has been the international media coverage of the comments (it was not reported in any major national news outlet in the US) which reflected both shock and vindication at finding a top-level official who would admit that Washington does all that sort of nasty stuff.

And Pompeo is not alone in his doing what would have hitherto been unthinkable as many senior figures in the Trump Administration who have sworn an oath to uphold the Constitution now find themselves conniving at starting various wars without the constitutionally required declaration of war from Congress. Pompeo has personally assured both the Venezuelans and Iranians that “all options are on the table,” while also arming the Ukrainians and warning the Russians to get out of Caracas or else face the consequences. And it is a good thing that he has now learned how to lie as he does so when he keeps insisting that the Iranians are the leading state sponsors of terrorism or that the Saudis are fighting a just war in Yemen.

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Mike Pompeo warnt die Libanesen

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30-03-19 04:45:00,

Der US-Außenminister, Mike Pompeo, hat gerade eine offizielle Reise in den Libanon unternommen. Er hat die wichtigen politischen und militärischen Führer getroffen. Praktisch alle haben die gleiche Sprache gesprochen: die, der nationalen Einheit; ein Novum seit dreißig Jahren und dem Ende des Bürgerkrieges.

Mike Pompeo aber bestand darauf, seine Reise mit der Lektüre eines schaurigen Kommuniqués zu beenden, das eine Pressekonferenz mit seinem Amtskollegen, dem christlichen Gibran Bassil, hätte sein sollen. Er hat die Hisbollah nicht als ein Widerstands-Netzwerk gegen die israelische Besatzung präsentiert, sondern als eine Söldner-“Miliz”, “im Dienst des Iran”, die den Libanon unterdrücke. Er hat ihre Teilnahme am politischen Leben (12 Mitglieder im Parlament und 3 Minister) in Frage gestellt und sie beschuldigt, für die regionale Instabilität (Palästina, Syrien, Irak, Jemen) “verantwortlich” zu sein, “auf Kosten der libanesischen Bevölkerung”.

Mike Pompeo wollte unterstreichen, dass laut ihm, Iran die Hisbollah mit $ 700 Millionen pro Jahr unterstütze, während die Vereinigten Staaten dem Libanon $ 800 Millionen pro Jahr bieten. Er hat sich über die derzeitigen finanziellen Schwierigkeiten dieser Organisation erfreut und hat angekündigt, den Druck zu erhöhen, um ihre Ressourcen abzuschneiden.

Er kam zu dem Schluss, indem er die Libanesen aufforderte, ihre “Unabhängigkeit” gegenüber diesen “Terroristen” zu gewinnen. Die Pressekonferenz wurde sofort beendet.

Die Hisbollah bildete sich während der israelischen Besetzung von Beirut und dem Süd-Libanon. Sie führte den Kampf und zwang Israel, sich von dem Land zurückzuziehen, mit Ausnahme der Sheb’a Bauernhöfe. Im Jahr 2006 kämpfte sie gegen eine neue israelische Invasion, die sie zurückwerfen konnte. Seitdem, mit einer Unterstützung der Mehrheit in einem Land, das verfassungsrechtlich in religiöse Gemeinschaften gespalten ist, übt sie de facto Verantwortlichkeiten innerhalb des Staates aus; eine Situation, die unter dem Motto “Die Armee, das Volk und der Widerstand” zum Ausdruck gebracht wurde. Sie hat immer darauf geachtet, ihre militärischen Aktionen gegen den israelischen Feind und ihre zivilrechtliche Handlung zu unterscheiden. Sie hat also niemals ihre Waffen gegen das libanesische Volk erhoben. Während des westlichen Krieges gegen Syrien kämpfte sie gegen ausländische Dschihadisten, die vorerst Damaskus, und dann die religiöse Koexistenz im Libanon bedrohten.

Übersetzung
Horst Frohlich

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Pompeo was a Firm Supporter of RussiaGate: Was he Jeopardizing Trump’s Foreign Policy Initiatives? – Global Research

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27-03-19 08:10:00,

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It is worth noting that until the release of the Mueller report, Trump’s Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (and former CIA Director) was a firm supporter of the RussiaGate narrative. What is his position today?

How will the Mueller report affect US foreign policy?

Will Pompeo retain his position as Secretary of State?

This article was first published in July 2018

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While both Trump and Pompeo are bona fide warmongers, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo –while upholding the President’s official statements– is also involved in countering Trump’s diplomatic, foreign policy and public relations initiatives.

Moreover, Pompeo seems to have endorsed the Russiagate narrative on behalf of the President.

He has been entrusted (not by Trump) to “convince senators that President Trump knows that Russia interfered in the 2016 election” See NY Post

“On Russia, Pompeo will tell senators that “I personally made clear to the Russians that there will be severe consequences for interference in our democratic process.” He doesn’t say what those consequences would be, but he goes on to list “a staggering number of actions to protect our interests,” including sanctions that were essentially forced upon the White House by Congress. He leaves open the question of whether Trump delivered a similarly tough message to Putin. Bloomberg News. (emphasis added)

The media casually tags Pompeo’s statement as “damage control” (on behalf of Trump).

What is at stake on the part of Secretary of State Pompeo is “damage” rather than “damage control”, i.e. a deliberate initiative to jeopardize the president’s public relations diplomacy initiatives with regard to Russia and North Korea, which go against the Russiagate consensus.

Video: Pompeo Before Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Prior to Helsinki, Pompeo was instrumental in jeopardizing the June 12-14 Trump-Kim Singapore Summit. Less than a month later in the words of the DPRK spokesperson following Pompeo’s visit to Pyongyang:

“We still cherish our good faith in President Trump … But, the U.S. side [Pompeo] came up only with its unilateral and gangster-like demand for denuclearization… The U.S.

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Pompeo: God Sent Trump to Invade Iran – Global Research

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25-03-19 11:17:00,

Reading recent remarks made by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, it is obvious we have crossed over from light to dark into the twilight zone.

This must be the Old Testament God, because it has nothing to do with Christ, the Sermon of the Mount, and Christ’s teaching that one should turn the other cheek. 

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Pompeo: It’s “possible” God planned Trump to save Jewish peoplehttps://t.co/IHdVuIuJ85 pic.twitter.com/pD5E0fLrL0

— The Hill (@thehill) March 22, 2019

Indeed, the Old Testament, taken from the Jewish Tanakh, is chock full of violence, revenge, genocide, and acts of terrible punishment and cruelty:  slaughter of the Sodomites, eradicating the Canaanites with leprosy, sending a plague into Egypt, …  and make slaves out of neighboring tribes. There are dozens of other references in the Old Testament to horrific acts of violence, most of it retributive. 

Pompeo made his remarks on Purim, the celebration of the Jewish exodus from the ancient Achaemenid Persian Empire, today known as Iran. 

From the BBC:

[Pompeo] was asked if “President Trump right now has been sort of raised for such a time as this, just like Queen Esther, to help save the Jewish people from an Iranian menace.”

The former tank commander declared,

“I am confident that the Lord is at work here.”

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo agreed with a suggestion posed in an interview that it’s possible God raised Donald Trump to be President to protect Israel from Iran https://t.co/OV0vXN7UcR pic.twitter.com/L9JiyPZKVU

— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) March 22, 2019

For America’s top diplomat to say God has sent Trump to save the Jews (who are not threatened by Iran) is a new milestone in absurdity for the “indispensable nation.” It demonstrates apocalyptic Christian Zionists like Pompeo have undue influence on a largely clueless president. 

For Christian Zionists, the return of the Jews to the Holy Land and the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948 followed biblical prophecy envisioning the return of Christ as King of the Earth. They believe in a dispensationalist view of the Bible,

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While Pompeo Pouts In Poland, Putin Pushes Peace In Syria

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15-02-19 07:42:00,

Authored by Tom Luongo,

If there was ever a Valentine’s Day which highlight the stark differences to diplomacy between the U.S. and Russia it is this one.

In Warsaw, the U.S. cajoled some sixty countries, many of them Arab, to send representatives only to be scolded like schoolchildren by Vice President Mike Pence for undermining the drive for war with Iran.

Mike Pompeo, for his part, showed no signs of shame or remorse after his public rebuke by Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto.

Szijjarto retorted to Pompeo’s lecturing that “the world is not going to be a better place if some countries spend their time intervening in the internal political affairs of other countries.” He insisted that Budapest can have transparent relations with Moscow and Beijing and the West, and said it was an “enormous hypocrisy” that Hungary is singled out for its ties with Moscow.

He then went to Poland with the intention of whipping up support for a war with Iran. But not to actually call it that. Until Benjamin Netanyahu arrived with fever dreams on his lips.

As Moon of Alabama pointed out, this was a huge slap for Pompeo, whose staff kept trying to downplay the anti-Iran nature of the Poland fiasco to make it more palatable for media consumption.

By claiming that the conference is about waging war on Iran Netanyahoo is not only embarrassing the State Department and Secretary Mike Pompeo. He also makes it extremely difficult for other attendees to justify their presence. The Arabs will be especially furious that they are shown in such an open alliance with Israel and its hostility against Iran. Scheming with Israel in the dark is fine. But being publicly associated with a war mongering Israel is difficult to sell to their people. It would be unsurprising to see some of them leave.

The entire Warsaw meeting was designed to impress upon everyone how seriously they should take U.S. and Israeli desires for regime change in Iran. And how committed they are to keeping everyone in the fold on all matters pertaining to the Trump administration’s hostility towards Iran,

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Mike Pompeo claims “active” terror cells in Venezuela (Video)

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10-02-19 09:40:00,

Authored by Jeff Charles via Liberty Nation:

Imagine for a moment what it would look like if the federal government launched its own social media network. Every day, Americans could freely use the platform to express their views on everything from economic theory to the best tips for baking peanut butter cookies. They could even discuss their political views and debate the important issues of the day.

But what if the government were empowered to determine which political views are appropriate and which are too obscene for the American public? Well, it looks like this is already happening. Of course, the state has not created a social media network; they didn’t have to. It appears the government is using Facebook – the world’s largest social media company – to sway public opinion.

The Government’s Fingers In Facebook

The Free Thought Project recently published a report revealing that Facebook has some troubling ties to the federal government and that this connection could be enabling former state officials to influence the content displayed. The social media provider has partnered with various think tanks which receive state funding, while hiring an alarming number of individuals who have held prominent positions in the federal government.

Facebook recently announced their partnership with the Atlantic Council – which is partly funded by tax dollars – to ensure that users are presented with quality news stories. And by “quality,” it seems that they mean “progressive.” The council is well known for promoting far-left news sources, including the Xinhua News Agency, which was founded by the Communist Party of China. Well, that’s reassuring. What red-blooded American capitalist doesn’t want to get the news from a communist regime?

But there one aspect of this story is even more troubling: the government-to-Facebook pipeline. The company has employed a significant number of former officials in positions that grant them influence over what content is allowed on the platform.

Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook’s Head of Cybersecurity Policy, prosecuted cybercrimes at the Department of Justice under President Obama. Now, he is responsible for determining who gets banned or suspended from the network. But that’s not the worst of it. He also spearheaded the company’s initiative to scrub anti-war content and “protest” movements. 

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‘Guido’? Pompeo mangles name of US-backed Venezuelan ‘president’

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26-01-19 10:19:00,

Despite overt US support for Venezuelan National Assembly leader Juan Guaidó’s coup, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo seems to be struggling to pronounce the self-proclaimed interim president’s name, calling him “Guido.”

We’ll have announcements from…other places later today, talking about how we anticipate interim president Juan Guido will have the resources he needs to lead the government of Venezuela forward,” Pompeo announced in a press conference on Friday, mangling the name of the man the US and its Western allies have decided should lead the Venezuelan people.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo just called the figure Washington is attempting to install as Venezuelan President “Juan *Guido*” – as in the racist term for Italians. America’s top diplomat didn’t even bother to learn how to pronounce his puppet’s name. pic.twitter.com/HsanZXuSPR

— Dan Cohen (@dancohen3000) January 25, 2019

Guido,” once a racial slur used in the US against Italians, has more recently been reclaimed by reality TV fans to describe tanned, over-muscled hair-gel aficionados of all ethnicities. 

Even mainstream media admits Guaidó was an “unknown figure on the international stage” until last week, and it’s entirely possible no one had heard of him in Washington until then, either. Pompeo and national security adviser John Bolton have rushed to support literally any group willing to oppose a regime they dislike, which has led to some questionable alliances in Iran, Iraq, and now Venezuela, all in the name of “freedom and democracy.”

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It does help to make your chosen proxy feel needed, even loved. Hence Bolton’s chummy speeches to the Iranian exile group MEK, and the late Senator John McCain making friends with militant “moderate” rebels in Libya and Syria.

They don’t really care what his name is, as long as he’s a pliant puppet that opens those oil fields up for the greedy vultures to feed on.

— EvMclovin❤️⌛ (@EvMclovin) January 25,

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Pompeo Turns Reality Upside Down

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17-01-19 11:07:00,

Pompeo Turns Reality Upside Down

The speech made by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the American University in Cairo on January 10th deserves more attention than it has received from the US media. In it, Pompeo reveals his own peculiar vision of what is taking place in the Middle East, to include the impact of his own personal religiosity, and his belief that Washington’s proper role in the region is to act as “a force for good.” The extent to which the Secretary of State was speaking for himself was not completely clear, but the text of the presentation was posted on the State Department website without any qualification, so one has to assume that Pompeo was representing White House policy.

Pompeo immediately set the stage for what was to follow, asserting in his first several paragraphs that “This trip is especially meaningful for me as an evangelical Christian… In my office, I keep a Bible open on my desk to remind me of God and His Word, and The Truth. And it’s the truth, lower-case ‘t,’ that I’m here to talk about today. It is a truth that isn’t often spoken in this part of the world, but because I’m a military man by training, I’ll be very blunt and direct today: America is a force for good in the Middle East.”

Pompeo and Vice President Mike Pence are quite likely the two most prominent Evangelical Christians in the Donald Trump Administration. Further, the two are Christian Zionists, which means that the return of the Jews to the Middle East is an essential precursor component of their belief that certain steps must be taken to bring about the second coming of Christ. Some Christian Zionists believe that the second coming is imminent, but whether or not that is true of Pence and Pompeo, they nevertheless share the conviction that the state of Israel must be protected at all costs, a view that certainly shapes their policy recommendations regarding the Middle East. And that view also has an impact on policy towards Israel’s neighbors, with Iran in particular being vilified as the purely evil foe, a “cancerous influence,” that will be destroyed in the great battle of Armageddon which will lead to the second coming and the rapture of all good Christians into Heaven.

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Pompeo & Bolton: Trump’s Tag Team of Death and Destruction

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18-11-18 11:44:00,

Pompeo: “Iran’s leadership has to make a decision that they want their people to eat”

With the welcome departure of war mongering UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, the Trump Administration’s neocon tag team of death and destruction – Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo and National Security Advisor (NSA), John Bolton – have enthusiastically taken up where the repellent Haley has left off.  It is highly doubtful that the former Ambassador will meekly return from under the rock in which she crawled, but will reappear possibly as a primary challenger to her former boss in 2020, and, most certainly, as a Presidential contender in 2024.

Last week, Messrs Pompeo and Bolton were dutifully carrying forth Haley’s promises of mayhem to anyone opposed to US hegemony even if those “enemies” have never taken hostile action against the US mainland.  Of course, threats and attacks against nations which have done nothing to America have never much mattered to the foreign policy establishment!

In one of the most provocative comments ever made by a US diplomat, maniacal Mike threatened Iran with mass starvation of its population (via US sanctions) if it does not submit to Uncle Sam’s outrageous and humiliating demands.  In a BBC interview, the Secretary of State warned that:

[Iran’s] leadership has to make a decision that they want their people to eat.*

Following up on his genocidal warning, the Secretary of State (with a supposedly straight face) said that Iran was a “destabilizing influence” in the Mideast and was a state sponsor of terrorism.

Incredibly, the sociopathic Pompeo actually believes that Iran has been the greatest disrupter of peace in the Middle East when, in fact, it has been the nation in which he represents (along with Israel) that has been the real culprit of state sponsored terrorism with its destruction of Iraq, the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi in Libya, and the attempted regime change in Syria to name just a few of America’s nefarious activities in the region.

A Brown University study shows the absurdity of Pompeo’s claims.  The study estimates that between 480,000 to 507,000 people were killed in America’s post-9/11 wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.  For the US, some 60,000 troops have lost their lives or been wounded.***

US destruction of Iraq

After threatening genocide of the Iranian people,

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Mike Pompeo, Psychopath – Global Research

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10-11-18 08:51:00,

During an interview with BBC Persia, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the United States will starve millions of Iranians to death if the country’s leadership doesn’t bend to its will. 

Pompeo said Iran’s “leadership has to make a decision that they want their people to eat.” 

This is siege warfare. It is illegal under the Geneva Conventions, in particular the protocol relating to the Protection of Victims of International Armed Conflicts (Article 53: Starvation of civilians as a method of warfare is prohibited). 

But then neocons don’t do international law. 

John Bolton, Trump’s national security adviser and a neocon’s neocon, recently said the US will “use any means necessary” to push back against the International Criminal Court (ICC) and its commitment to punish war crimes. Bolton warned the US will sanction and arrest individuals investigating war crimes and the torture of detainees, the latter conducted by “patriots,” according to Bolton. He added that frustrating prosecution of war crimes “remains one of my proudest achievements.” 

In 2002, the US, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and China refused to sign the ICC’s founding document, thus indicating they would continue to use siege warfare, famine, torture, ethnic cleansing, rape, and wholesale murder of innocent civilians. 

For more than 70 years, Israel has shot, bombed, and ethnically cleansed Palestinian Arabs. Saudi Arabia has produced the worst humanitarian crisis in recent memory as it continues to viciously attack Yemen with the help of the United States. China continues its “strike hard” campaign against Uyghur opposition, the ethnic cleansing of Tibetan monastics, and the expansion of its laogai forced labor camps (where consumer goods are manufactured and then sold to Walmart shopping Americans). 

A normal, non-psychopathic person would undoubtedly recoil at the thought of Iranian children starving, but then we’re talking about neocons responsible for the engineered murder of 1.5 million Iraqis, including 500,000 children under the Bush-Clinton sanctions regime. 

Hillary Clinton isn’t considered a card-carrying neocon, yet she stands shoulder to shoulder with Dick Cheney, Paul Wolfowitz, and John Bolton when it comes to killing recalcitrant Arabs, Muslims, and other enemies of Israel and Saudi Arabia, and prevent what the late Zbigniew Brzezinski described as vassals and barbarians coming together in organized resistance to neoliberal geostrategy of domination and exploitation. 

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Pompeo Vows “Series Of Actions” Against Venezuela’s Maduro “In The Coming Days”

Pompeo Vows “Series Of Actions” Against Venezuela’s Maduro “In The Coming Days”

23-09-18 01:31:00,

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued an incredible statement to Fox News on Friday, vowing to take “series of actions” in “the coming days” against Nicolas Maduro’s government in Venezuela.

The threat was couched in terms of being in the “best interest” of Venezuelans, and though Pompeo didn’t specify details, he said the US is “determined to ensure that the Venezuelan people get their say.”

“I think you’ll see in the coming days a series of actions that continue to increase the pressure level against the Venezuelan leadership folks who are working directly against the best interest of the Venezuelan people,” Pompeo told Fox.

Image via Reuters

It is the broad nature of the threat that makes it unusual, but particularly the timing and context, as it follows the early August failed assassination attempt on Maduro which interrupted a live television broadcast from Caracas. Maduro had been speaking at a military parade when two explosive-laden drones said to be flying in the direct of the podium exploded in the area. 

In the aftermath the Venezuelan socialist leader blamed the United States and allied right-wing groups for being behind the attack, in a speech describing“They tried to assassinate me today,” while blaming the attack on right-wing factions specifically connected to Columbia and Florida.

He claimed at the time that “several of those intellectually responsible and the financiers of this attack live in the United States, in the state of Florida,” and called on U.S. President Donald Trump to “fight these terrorist groups”.

The live broadcast on state television showing the assassination attempt:

ÚLTIMA HORA | VIDEO – Situación irregular en la avenida Bolívar de Caracas durante Cadena Nacional de Maduro en acto con la GNB.

VTV cortó de emergencia la transmisión oficial. pic.twitter.com/SMZeFZlRv4

— AlbertoNews (@AlbertoRodNews) August 4, 2018

Washington has steadily increased sanctions on Venezuela over the past number of months after Trump administration officials have accused the Maduro government of stamping out democracy and jailing opposition leaders. Maduro for his part has blamed the country’s ills, specifically the collapsed economy and now worthless currency,

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Mike Pompeo, der „loyale Schoßhund“ des Koch-Imperiums, des Big Oil und des fundamentalistischen „Kulturkampfes“ – www.NachDenkSeiten.de

Mike Pompeo, der „loyale Schoßhund“ des Koch-Imperiums, des Big Oil und des fundamentalistischen „Kulturkampfes“ – www.NachDenkSeiten.de

25-05-18 06:59:00,

Mike Pompeo, der „loyale Schoßhund“ des Koch-Imperiums, des Big Oil und des fundamentalistischen „Kulturkampfes“

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„Unseren Herrn zu verehren und am gleichen Ort unsere Nation zu feiern, ist nicht nur unser Recht, sondern unsere Pflicht”, predigte Mike Pompeo, republikanischer Kongressabgeordneter aus Kansas, an einem warmen Juni-Sonntag 2015 während einer “God and Country Rally” der Wichita Summit Church. Pompeos Kanzelworte waren ein Gemisch aus Kriegsgeschrei und düsteren Warnungen vor der Gefahr eines radikalen Islam. Von Frederico Füllgraf

Er zitierte ein loderndes, evangelikales Kampfgebet, das ein Pastor namens Joe Wright einst im Abgeordnetenhaus von Kansas in Herzen und Hirne der Landespolitiker hämmerte: „Amerika hatte andere Götter angebetet und es Multikulturalismus genannt. Wir haben die Perversion befürwortet und sie als alternativen Lebensstil bezeichnet!”. Mike und Ehefrau Susan Pompeo, sollte man wissen, sind angesehene, aktive Mitglieder der Evangelisch-Presbyterianischen Kirche in Kansas, in der der ehemalige CIA-Chef und seit März 2018 amtierende US-Außenminister als Diakon dient und in deren Sonntagsschule unterrichtet.

Ein Jahr zuvor beschwor Pompeo dort, „Christen müssen wissen, dass Jesus Christus als unser Retter wirklich die einzige Lösung für unsere Welt ist” und erklärte während einer Kundgebung im Jahr 2015, dass „Politik ein endloser Kampf […] bis zur Ekstase” sei. Er beklagte die angeblichen Bestrebungen der Regierung Barack Obama, „den religiösen Glauben aus unseren Schulen zu jagen” und brach eine Diskussion vom Zaun über die angebliche dschihadistische Bedrohung: „Das Böse ist überall um uns herum!”

Diese Auftritte machten deutlich, so die US-Kolumnistin Michelle Goldberg, dass „Trumps Ernennung Mike Pompeos zum CIA-Chef die Außenpolitik als Vehikel für den Heiligen Krieg sieht” (“This Evil Is All Around Us” – Slate, 12. Januar 2017). Sarah Meyerhoff, Direktorin des internationalen Programms für Klimawandel und Sicherheit der Wilson-Stiftung, nannte Pompeo einen „loyalen Schoßhund“ der radikal-liberalen Denkfabriken und Stiftungen des Koch-Brothers-Imperiums, mit dem der frühere Unternehmer jahrzehntealte Geschäftsverbindungen unterhielt und von dem der spätere republikanische Abgeordnete während seiner Wahlkampagnen großzügig gesponsert wurde. Als Klimawandel-Leugner und Sprecher des „Big Oil“ bedeute der Secretary of State „ein Desaster für den Planeten“, erklärte die Umwelt-Managerin.

Damit nicht genug.

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