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Pompeo’s Nuclear Deal Hypocrisy

Mike Pompeo can’t be as credulous as he pretends to be [1]:

I was there. I was there when [Kim] said it. He made a personal commitment. He has his reputation on the line in the same way that we do, that says we’re going to create a brighter future for North Korea. We’re going to denuclearize just as quickly as we can achieve that.

Kim may have said something like this, or maybe he said something different that Pompeo misunderstood to mean this. Regardless, that doesn’t mean that North Korea is going to do what Pompeo says it will. The statement from the summit doesn’t support Pompeo’s interpretation, and so he has to pretend that lots of other things are implied or “understood” that haven’t been written down. Pompeo bristled [2] when he was questioned about the weakness of the language of the summit declaration, because I suspect he knows deep down that he is defending an untenable position and doesn’t have good answers to basic questions about the substance.

Pompeo denounced [3] the very good nuclear deal with Iran as a surrender by the U.S. Now he is claiming that the U.S. can trust North Korean intentions just because Kim told him something. Kim likely doesn’t care about his international reputation in “the same way that we do,” and he also has to keep his own domestic constituencies satisfied and can’t afford to be seen as capitulating to the U.S., much less doing so as quickly as possible. Pompeo ignored Iranian compliance with the JCPOA despite the use of the most rigorous and intrusive verification mechanisms anywhere, but he expects the public and Congress to accept that North Korea should be trusted without any verification because their leader offered him some assurances in private. The glaring hypocrisy is galling, but it is the intellectual dishonesty on display from members of this administration that is truly breathtaking.

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#1 Comment By trumpery On June 22, 2018 @ 6:47 am

“Kim may have said something like this, or maybe he said something different that Pompeo misunderstood to mean this.”

Or maybe Kim said nothing of the kind. There’s no reason to think Pompeo has any greater attachment to truth than the reflexive liar and welsher he works for,

#2 Comment By rayray On June 22, 2018 @ 11:31 am

@trumpery
This is the current situation – That if you choose to work for Trump at this juncture, then it is clear that you are a liar as well. How else could one choose to work for Trump?

#3 Comment By b. On June 22, 2018 @ 1:09 pm

‘Kim likely doesn’t care about his international reputation in “the same way that we do”’

He only has to look better than US, and that has become a very low bar indeed.

#4 Comment By Deggjr On June 22, 2018 @ 8:38 pm

Pompeo’s boss signed a statement which included this sentence: President Trump committed to provide security guarantees to the DPRK, and Chairman Kim Jong Un reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

Pompeo’s boss doesn’t know (or possibly even care) that the Korean Peninsula includes both North and South Korea and that he has committed to working for the withdrawal of US nuclear weapons. We still have the flexibility to fight North Korea’s million man army with convention weapons.

Pompeo’s boss skipped summit preparation so surely he doesn’t know (or care) that Dean Acheson’s exclusion of South Korea from the US ‘defensive perimeter’ is considered one of the contributing factors to the Korean War.

It’s Pompeo’s responsibility to square that circle. Good luck Mr. Secretary! You and we are going to need it.

#5 Comment By Fayez Abedaziz On June 23, 2018 @ 10:43 am

The sheer arrogance of this guy is sickening.
Who the hell do these people think they are?
Oh, they have positions of power and so, their mentality is: this is the U.S. We can threaten anywhere we want and because of the huge military we have that power.
Yeah, this big mouth Pompeo and the others like him have no regard for the suffering they bring to many nations: just threaten as the U.S.-illegally, by international law- and immorally, of course, brings death and misery to the Middle East, and interference in other nations elections and affairs.
Also, notice that the so-called liberals, the so-called ‘opposition,’ the Democrats, are right there with all of this war making and mongering.
As for the media, they don’t show the public what devastation the U.S. has brought to nations overseas. And, Pompeo, what business is it of yours to have U.S, military in places like Syria? The U.S. with the ignorant and hateful as their decision makers like Bolton and Trump and so forth really makes one see why people around the world are disgusted.
Are you kidding me?
A great nation as America and you have these people?
Don’t forget the pitiful (who needs diplomacy) Haley at the U.N. What a joke of a nation, people are thinking, overseas.
Oh, but that’s okay, that’s the point- these people don’t care what anyone thinks, they are simply the bullies of the world: the U.S. as a rogue nation committing war crimes and crimes against humanity. That’s been going on since Bush one, just to mention the most recent, in memory, the slaughter of several million civilians by the U.S. military and the needless death of American troops.
Then we have the weasels who don’t care and have no concern about the trashing of diplomacy and the continuing war mongering.
That would be the Senate/Congress. What a shame. I’ve been seeing the lowering, rather then the uplifting of ‘American values’ since the 60’s when I demonstrated against the war in Vietnam. Who woulda believed things would get worse? Have a good day.

#6 Comment By Bill Wagstaff ( born in Wales) On June 24, 2018 @ 8:34 pm

correspondent ‘ trumpets ‘ ( June 22) shows his real attitude to others by his use of the word ! welsher’