Leroy N. Soetoro
2019-01-17 23:52:09 UTC
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday launched an astonishing rebuke
of former President Barack Obamas foreign policy at the site of Obamas
famous speech to the Muslim world -- declaring that the age of self-
inflicted American shame is over.
Pompeo delivered his remarks in Cairo, where Obama famously spoke in 2009
and promised a new beginning with Muslim and Arab countries. He was
criticized by conservatives for placing too much blame on the U.S. for
strife in the region.
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.
He then took another swipe at the 2015 Iran nuclear deal -- from which the
U.S. withdrew last year. The U.S. has since re-imposed economic sanctions
on the country, including on oil exports.
Our eagerness to address only Muslims, not nations, ignored the rich
diversity of the Middle East, and frayed old bonds. It undermined the
concept of the nation-state, the building block of international
stability, he said. And our desire for peace at any cost led us to
strike a deal with Iran, our common enemy.
But he promised his audience that the Trump administration was ushering in
a new era of U.S. foreign policy.
The good news is this: The age of self-inflicted American shame is over,
and so are the policies that produced so much needless suffering. Now
comes the real new beginning, he said.
His speech emphasized America as a force for good in the region. He cited
accomplishments under Trumps leadership -- including the pushback of
Islamic State, the withdrawal of more troops and personnel from Iraq and
Saudi Arabia, and building a coalition to push back against Iranian
We have rediscovered our voice. We have rebuilt our relationships. We
have rejected false overtures from enemies. And look at what we have
accomplished together, he said.
Pompeos speech comes as part of a tour of the region, including Jordan
and other Gulf nations, as he seeks to coordinate an anti-Iran strategy.
It comes after a sudden decision from President Trump last month to
withdraw U.S. troops from Syria, leading to concern from some allies in
the region about U.S. commitments.
On Thursday, Pompeo appeared to attempt to assuage those fears by pledging
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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