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Friday, January 11, 2019

Pompeo trumps Obama's Cairo speech

On June 4, 2009, Obama gave his Cairo speech in which he apologized for everything President George Walker Bush did in the Middle East. On Thursday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gave his Cairo speech in which he rebuked everything Obama did.

While Obama quoted the Koran in Cairo, Pompeo made a nod to the Coptic Christmas (they observed it on Monday). He said, "In my office, I keep a Bible open on my desk to remind me of God and His Word, and The Truth."

Obama's speech drew praise. Newsbusters reported at the time, "Newsweek editor Evan Thomas brought adulation over President Obama’s Cairo speech to a whole new level on Friday, declaring on MSNBC: 'I mean in a way Obama’s standing above the country, above – above the world, he’s sort of God.'"

And Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said, “Under the past administration, there was a feeling that the Islamic world was a group of terrorists, Islam was hated and Muslims should be watched and that the previous administration was scared of any Muslim.

“But Obama came and said, ‘We will not fight Muslims and Islam.’ He is a sympathetic man and says the United States will not fight Islam because Islam is a heavenly religion.”

Within two years, Mubarak was deposed and in jail. Obama did not lift a finger to help. There is no easier enemy or worst friend than Obama.

Pompeo mocked Obama's call for a new beginning.

"In falsely seeing ourselves as a force for what ails the Middle East, we were timid in asserting ourselves when the times – and our partners – demanded it," Pompeo said.

"We grossly underestimated the tenacity and viciousness of radical Islamism, a debauched strain of the faith that seeks to upend every other form of worship or governance. ISIS drove to the outskirts of Baghdad as America hesitated.They raped and pillaged and murdered tens of thousands of innocents. They birthed a caliphate across Syria and Iraq and launched terror attacks that killed all across continents."

Ah yes, the threat Obama dismissed as the JV squad.

Meanwhile, Obama drew a line in the sand. Assad crossed it. Obama drew another line.

Pompeo said, "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.

"In just 24 months, actually less than two years, the United States under President Trump has reasserted its traditional role as a force for good in this region. We’ve learned from our mistakes. We’ve rediscovered our voice. We’ve rebuilt our relationships. We’ve rejected false overtures from our enemies.

"And look at what we’ve accomplished. Look at what we’ve accomplished together. Under new leadership, America has confronted the ugly reality of radical Islamism. On President Trump’s very first trip abroad to this region, he called on Muslim-majority nations to, quote, 'meet history’s great test – to conquer extremism and vanquish the forces of terrorism.'"

America can fight and win long wars. The Cold War lasted 45 years. We need resolve. We need to take the enemy serious. We need adult leadership.


  1. I'd like to square Pompeo's remarks with Trump's stated purpose to remove US troops, but I can't square this circle.

    Pompeo sounds like a hawk, more comfortable under GW Bush than who I thought Trump was.

    1. Easily squared. We are letting the Middle East handle the Middle East. We are not siding with Iran.

    2. I think that's the way to go.

    3. We have made a deal with Saudi Arabia. Their backfilling our positions in Syria is a big deal. The President is cooperating with the GCCC to take down the Mullahs in Iran. They are bleeding them in Syria and Yemen. Iran is soon out of cash to spend in these areas and their citizens are marching a protesting it's time to come home. Let's give it a little more time and see if it works. Looks good so far.

  2. Adult leadership, as in making America independent of any oil cartel.

  3. Prior SOS Tillerson would not have given this speech. Sounds like we now have the right man for The job.

    1. Tillerson did the job Trump hired him for. He kept the press busy while Pompeo made two secret trips to NK and met with Kim. Also the GCC and Israel can do a much better job in the mid east than we can.

  4. The S. Korean model under a post-Korean War dictator general.
    He's a bastard.
    But he's our bastard.

    It's more important that our "more good" guys win, than their terrible terrorists. We not perfect, but much better.

    Muslims will lead -- we can choose which ones we support, if we're willing to support them so that they win. Their way. Hopefully w/o too many lawsuits.

  5. This is all good news, but undermined by the reason that Islam hasn't changed in 1400 years.

    The Koran still says what it says, so the "feeling" that Mubarak mentioned- "that the Islamic world was a group of terrorists, Islam was hated and Muslims should be watched," still remains, but it's not just a feeling. There are rivers of blood which proclaim its truth.

    Islam will only be a "religion of peace" when the whole world is Muslim; any honest Muslim will tell you that same thing, but we continue to disbelieve them, so I remain doubtful of our long-term success.