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Pompeo’s Breathtaking Arrogance

Mike Pompeo gave an interview [1] to Sky News Arabia this week in which he made some remarkable statements:

Well, Iran needs to get out of Syria. They have no business there. There’s no reason for them to be there. There’s been Iranian influence there for a long time. Iranian forces, Iranian militias must leave the country.

If Iran has no business in Syria, the U.S. certainly doesn’t have any business keeping troops there. Leave aside the absurdity of the statement that the ally of a government has no business supporting that government in a war, and just consider the breathtaking hypocrisy of this statement coming from a U.S. official. The U.S. is engaged in hostilities in at least a half dozen countries around the world and attacks other governments at will. Our government has been actively supporting the Saudi-led attack on Yemen for more than three years, and we have had U.S. force operating illegally in Syrian territory and airspace for almost four. It is the height of arrogance and folly to issue this ultimatum. The U.S. has no right or authority to make such a demand, and the administration should be focused instead on withdrawing our forces from wars that we have no business fighting or supporting.

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#1 Comment By b. On July 11, 2018 @ 1:40 pm

Iran has better – and legal – cause to be in Syria than Victoria Nuland had to meddle in the Ukraine.

Impunitivism – do as we tell you, not as we do.

#2 Comment By Mark Thomason On July 11, 2018 @ 2:34 pm

I’m not sure which is more worrisome, if Pompeo knew how absurd that is but said it anyway, or if he really doesn’t even know.

#3 Comment By Kent On July 11, 2018 @ 2:58 pm

Larison,

What do you not get about us being the ONE INDISPENSABLE NATION (OIN)?

The OIN determines and enforces the New World Order! “Rights” don’t apply to us. Does God Almighty worry about whether He has the right to do something? No! We have become as Him.

#4 Comment By watching in wonder On July 11, 2018 @ 3:11 pm

It’s sort of an interesting concept, and a very new one. I can’t recall American saying that Country X can have no dealings with Country Y.

I don’t think much will come of it. Even assuming that the statement was serious, which there is really no way of knowing, given the Trump/Pompeo propensity to lie, the Iranians must assume that Trump and Pompeo are too ignorant and incompetent to do anything effective about it.

No one has any idea when or why to take these people seriously. They say all this blood-curdling stuff one day and a few days later appear to have forgotten it completely and fixated on some other stupid notion.

#5 Comment By my word On July 12, 2018 @ 2:07 am

The Monroe Doctrine goes Middle Eastern! But with a twist … certain Middle Eastern countries aren’t permitted to interact with other Middle Eastern countries!

Wow!

#6 Comment By Sid Finster On July 12, 2018 @ 11:18 am

“A wolf, meeting with a Lamb astray from the fold, resolved not to lay violent hands on him, but to find some plea to justify to the Lamb the Wolf’s right to eat him. He thus addressed him: “Sirrah, last year you grossly insulted me.”

“Indeed,” bleated the Lamb in a mournful tone of voice, “I was not then born.”

Then said the Wolf, “You feed in my pasture.”

“No, good sir,” replied the Lamb, “I have not yet tasted grass.”

Again said the Wolf, “You drink of my well.”

“No,” exclaimed the Lamb, “I never yet drank water, for as yet my mother’s milk is both food and drink to me.”

Upon which the Wolf seized him and ate him up, saying, “Well! I won’t remain supperless, even though you refute every one of my imputations.”

Moral: The tyrant will always find a pretext for his tyranny.”
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For a few more years, the US will have absolute power over other people and we will use that power in an absolutely corrupt way at the behest of our overlords in Riyadh and Jerusalem. When retribution finally comes our way, no one will shed a tear for us.

Nor should they, for we do evil.