“This is the thing that the American people need to understand about Washington DC: It makes stuff up,” Pompeo told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.
He then said in an exclusive CNN interview with Wolf Blitzer on the sidelines of the G20 summit, that Donald Trump did not cancel a meeting with Vladimir Putin of Russia because of the Mueller investigation but because of an “illegal” arrest of Ukrainian sailors having a drunken party in the Kerch Strait.
The press learned that Putin did have a sideline meeting with Trump and that the Russian Court did not rule that the arrests were illegal but that it wanted 12 of the sailors detained into next year. Pompeo is obviously correct: Washington DC makes stuff up. Pompeo makes stuff up.
When Pompeo said to Blitzer that the US intends to continue military support for the Saudi slaughter in Yemen, he likely was not making it up.
(Watch for two special features this month from this deadly duo of lady scribes: “Why we call Trump, TPTT” and “The Putin Paradox”.)
Extreme & Provocative, Mike Pompeo is a Blinkers-On Neo-Con
Mike Pompeo voted against reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act in 2013, which funds shelters and services for victims of domestic violence, because of amendments extending protections to L.G.B.T. victims. He also voted against requiring employers to provide health care plans that included contraception, citing religious liberty.
Confused about Iran which launched a MRBM missile last week.
UN Security Council resolution 2231 bans “any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including launches using such ballistic missile technology . . .”. It is no less true that 2231 was created in the shadow of the JCPOA which has been kicked to the curb by Donald Trump. Read: Killing of JCPOA is now a Certain War Path (Analysis)
Proponent of Guantanámo Bay Torture
“These men and women are not torturers, they are patriots”.
America United says “Concerns about Pompeo’s anti-Muslim views and how they would impact U.S. foreign policy were raised shortly after President Donald Trump was elected and named Pompeo to be his CIA director. Marwan Muasher, a former Jordanian ambassador to the United States who now oversees research into the Middle East for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace think tank, in Nov. 2016 voiced his concerns about Pompeo and two other Trump national security nominees.
“While the region has the same commitment to fight terrorism, it needs a nuanced view of Islam and of Muslims, rather than treating all Muslims with a broad brush,” Muasher told The Washington Post. “The cause of fighting terrorism will not be helped if the new administration treats the Muslim world as a problem rather than as part of the solution.”
But Pompeo hasn’t demonstrated a “nuanced view.” He has maintained close ties with anti-Muslim groups and individuals that propagate conspiracy theories about Islam, including ACT for America, considered to be the country’s largest anti-Muslim hate group.
Pompeo like most male politicians presents as one who never got the full procreation lecture hence for that and other reasons, like not being a doctor, he should not be involved in medical practice policymaking. He has stated he believes abortions should be allowed only when necessary to save the life of the mother and that according to him, life begins at the moment of conception. That belief on nonmaleficence planes aligns with the vast majority of medical practitioners but his concept of procreation medically wrong. Conceptions in the majority do not yield a womb-implanted egg, hence no life. Life begins once a fertilized egg is implanted. Most conceptions fail for chromosome mismatch complications and very many other reasons. Preventing the implantation with a pharmacological intervention is a common and useful form of birth control known as “plan B”. Plan B prevents countless abortions. Misogynistic politicians should not be getting involved in medical procedures performed on women patients because the decisions will be made by a medical practitioner and her patient and Pompeo’s opinion is irrelevant.
Proponent of Mass Surveillance of the American people.
In a January 2016 op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal, Pompeo said that mass surveillance of the people is needed because, “robust surveillance, drawing on a variety of technical and human intelligence and backed up by rigorous investigation of all leads, is the best way to mitigate the threat…”
Donald Trump TPTT is Mike Pompeo’s Idle
This is the interview from which our quote of Pompeo is taken.
QUESTION (CNN’s Wolf Blitzer): Let’s talk about Russia, another critical issue. Why did the President decide to cancel what was supposed to be a two-hour face-to-face meeting with the Russian leader?
SECRETARY POMPEO: I can actually answer that. I was there. He canceled it because the Russians behaved in a way that is deeply inconsistent with international law and is outrageous. To have held the Ukrainians that they took in the strait needs to be changed. The President wanted to send a clear, unambiguous message that we find that type of behavior unacceptable, and so he canceled the meeting.
QUESTION: But the Russians – well, the Russians – the Russians have done other awful things and the President went ahead in Helsinki and met —
SECRETARY POMPEO: This happened hours, days before – the series of events unfolded days —
QUESTION: But wouldn’t it be a good time for him to have a face-to-face —
SECRETARY POMPEO: (Inaudible) hours and days, Wolf, hours and days before, and the President made the decision that the right thing to do was tell the Russians return the sailors, return the Ukrainian equipment, it’s theirs. The people need to be returned to their families, and he wanted to send an unambiguous message that the Russians needed to change that act.
QUESTION: It had nothing to do with the announcement that came just an hour earlier before he boarded Air Force One to fly here to Argentina that Michael Cohen was cooperating with Mueller and all these new information – details about a supposed Trump Tower project in Moscow?
SECRETARY POMPEO: Ludicrous. Washington parlor game.
QUESTION: Well, explain, because it —
SECRETARY POMPEO: I was involved in the decision, Wolf. I can explain (inaudible).
QUESTION: You were aboard Air Force One.
SECRETARY POMPEO: I was aboard Air Force One.
QUESTION: And nobody discussed Michael Cohen?
SECRETARY POMPEO: Wolf, this is the thing that the American people need to understand about Washington, D.C.: It makes stuff up that is wholly unfounded. I was involved in the decision-making process. We evaluated it – we considered the opportunity to speak with him, we considered the message we would send. President Trump made the decision this was the right approach based on the activity that had taken place in the lead-up to the G20 summit.
QUESTION: So is there going to be an opportunity down the road for the President to meet with Putin?
SECRETARY POMPEO: President’s made clear the conditions for that meeting.
QUESTION: What are the conditions?
SECRETARY POMPEO: We want the sailors returned, we want the ships returned.
Source: US State Department