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Mike Pompeo says he will be “boldly” protecting American interest

By | Rachel Brooks

Contributor | Telegraph Local 

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Mike Pompeo is pushing aggressively for aggressive action against Iran, citing the Washington Post. Mike Pompeo has since gone on a “media tirade” to defend the airstrike assassination of General Qassem Soleimani, Hezbollah Deputy al-Muhandis, and approximately 10 other people. The Washington Post called the Soleimani airstrike greenlighting process a “bureaucratic victory” for Mr. Pompeo. 

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It was also stated that this decision has brought serious risks, which include protracted conflict in the Middle East, retaliatory US personnel assassinations worldwide, an interruption of battles against the Islamic State, the end of diplomatic pathways to stall the Iranian nuclear program. It also included items like the severe diplomatic relations backlash from Iraq. 

There has already been some evidence of an embolden rise in Islamic rivals as well. al-Shabaab of the Sunni Al-Qaeda outfit in Somalia launched an offensive against US personnel at Camp Simba, Kenya on January 5, citing New York Times. 

Also stated by Washington Post, Mike Pompeo stands to be politically devastated if personnel assassinations commence. This is because he has been a heated critic of Hillary Clinton in regards to the Benghazi, Libya embassy assaults of 2012.  Mike Pompeo continued with confidence even with this jeopardy looming. Citing CBS News, Pompeo stated that the US would “do its best” to continue releasing intelligence on Iranian threats to American diplomats. He also had this to say in defense of the action,

“I don’t think any reasonable American elected official would see what President Trump and I and Secretary Esper saw and conclude that we could’ve done anything but the action that we took.” 

However, Pompeo did not state whether or not the threat against Americans remains imminent.

The bureaucracy behind the US-Iranian tensions is also intensifying. Donald Trump and the House have been exchanging heated Tweets over the whole affair. With Mr. Trump making this remark: 

“These Media Posts will serve as notification to the United States Congress that should Iran strike any US person or target, the United States will quickly and fully strike back and perhaps in a disproportionate manner. Such legal notice is not required, but is given nevertheless!”

To which the House Foreign Affairs Committee replied, 

“This Media Post will serve as a reminder that war powers reside in the Congress under the United States Constitution. And that you should read the War Powers Act.  And that you’re not a dictator.” 

Citing the Hill, the House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel (D-NY) also made this corresponding comment, 

“The American people don’t want war with Iran, and neither do I. We need to send a clear message to the White House: don’t plunge this country into an ill-conceived war against Iran. 

As chair of the @HouseForeign, I’ll do everything I can do prevent one. #NoWarWithIran.”

Mike Pompeo has likewise used the platform to defend the airstrikes and actions against Iran. Via his Twitter comments, Pompeo details his most recent conversation with the deputy prime minister of Qatar to deescalate Middle East tensions. Pompeo spoke with constant confidence in the administration’s actions, stating this as well: 

(External Affairs Minister of India) Dr. S. Jaishankar and I spoke just now regarding Iran’s continued threats and provocations. The Trump administration won’t hesitate to keep American lives, and those of our friends and allies safe”. 

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He spoke with like bravado as he detailed every conversation he had in the interests of foreign powers who could be impacted by escalating US-Iranian tensions.  

Citing the Daily Beast, American confidence may be a bit overblown in this situation. Fox News’ Peter Hegseth recently made this comment,

“We can do some (military action) from further away and work with allies who are still there like the Kurds.” 

The Daily Beast made note that Hegseth’s comment is built from false confidence. Donald Trump made a decision in October to withdraw US troops from Syria and thus “essentially abandon” the Kurdish in their fight against the Turkish assault. The Kurds may not be overly willing to forgive that. 

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