Monday, April 23, 2018

Is Pompeo Good For Israel and the USA?

Nadene Goldfoot                          
Mike Pompeo, born December 30, 1963
Head of CIA January 23, 2017
Harvard PhD, editor of Harvard Law Review with JD in 1994
Conservative Republican

"Having a secretary of state who does not conform to the State Department worldview “is very good for us,” Deputy Minister Michael Oren said."                                          
Michael Bornstein Oren (Hebrew: מיכאל אורן; born Michael Scott Bornstein; May 20, 1955) is an American-born Israeli historian, author, politician, former ambassador to the United States (2009–2013), and current member of the Knesset for the Kulanu party and Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Office

This must be in reference to the former Secretary of State of the USA, John Kerry, who made the horrible deal with Iran, stating it was a good deal.  As we look at his "good deal," it allows Israel to live without being bombed by an atomic bomb for about  the next 10 years at the best.  Iran is now in Syria which is right across the road from Israel and calling the shots for Assad.  Pompeo blames Obama for Iran's position to be closer to Israel now.  
An assignment  of North Korea with Kim Jong-un going very well

President Trump has chosen Michael Richard Pompeo as his new Secretary of State after not being really happy with Rex Tillerson.  He feels that Pompeo and he are thinking on the same lines, and Tillerson just didn't on important matters.  Mike was educated at West Point, 1st in his class and majored in mechanical engineering in 1986 and then served for 5 years in the US army as cavalry officer in East Germany, rising to Captain.

Trump has stated that Israel is very important to him.  This would mean that he also finds the Iran deal a mess.  Pompeo shares his thinking.  He had been against Kerry's Iran deal that Obama's administration backed.  Pompeo calls it a disastrous deal and that Iran is the world's largest state sponsor of terrorism.  He is not adverse to taking strong steps to stop Iran's goals of having nuclear capacity to harm others but with coalition allies if necessary.  
Pompeo and wife Susan with Mickey Rosenfeld, Israel's Police National Director 

Pompeo visited Israel in November 2015.  He stated that "Prime Minister Netanyahu is a true partner of the American people" and that "Netanyahu's efforts to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons are incredibly admirable and deeply appreciated." He also stated that "In the fight against terrorism, cooperation between Israel and the United States has never been more important" and that "we must stand with our ally Israel and put a stop to terrorism. Ongoing attacks by the Palestinians serve only to distance the prospect of peace".  The surpise to me is that Pompeo was against moving the USA embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, a decision in 2017 which was a promise Trump had made.  

Pompeo has been a Senator from Kansas for 3 terms.  He was on the House Select Committee on Benghazi in 2012 and was sharply critical of Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's handling of this deadly attack.  He said that it was worse in some ways than Watergate's scandal.  As a former military-educated man, he saw the failure of leadership.  

Democrats are afraid of Pompeo, as they also fear Trump as they fear conservatism.  They weren't afraid of him becoming CIA Director, however, voting him in 66 for 33 against.  Under his direction, he in his short time pushed to expand espionage and covert operations that had lapsed.  Will his recent positive report on Kim Jong-un help him win over votes?  We'll soon see.  

Update: : Pompeo passed, thanks to Senator Rand Paul who changed his mind at the last minute and voted for him.  Pompeo is now officially the Secretary of State.  
July 2018-I watched TV as senators quizzed Pompeo about Trump and the Russians, etc. and I was so proud of him.  He was fantastic and made senators who were being nasty look like fools compared to his replies and presence and bearing.  We have the very best in this man.  


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