Quantcast
Connect with us

Washington Post deputy editor unleashes epic mockery on Mike Pompeo’s failed ‘swagger’ campaign at the State Department

Published

on

In a hilarious editorial titled “Mike Pompeo swaggers his way to failure,” Washington Post deputy editorial page editor Jackson Diehl unleashed an epic slam of the Secretary of State.

Pompeo has been in the State Department just shy of eight months, but no amount of arrogance can overcome the diplomatic flubs of President Donald Trump’s administration.

“Pompeo has managed to worsen the State Department’s already abysmal standing with every significant constituency. Legislators, major allies, the media, career staff, even North Korea are alienated,” Diehl wrote Sunday. “The only satisfied customer may be President Trump — and even he has grounds for grievance.”

Pompeo said that he would get “back our swagger” in the State Department after the president butted heads with former Sec. Rex Tillerson. It didn’t exactly work out, however. The Republican Congress wasn’t impressed.

Already the Senate voted to stop support for Saudi Arabia’s intervention in Yemen. The head of the International Monetary Fund said Pompeo had no clue what he was talking about. Worst for the U.S. was when the European Union voted for ways to circumvent new Trump sanctions against Iran.

“Trump proclaimed that he was ‘ready, willing, and able’ to negotiate a new deal, and probably he meant it; after all, he has pivoted from confrontation to negotiation with North Korea and China,” Diehl wrote.

ADVERTISEMENT

“Then Pompeo undercut him. Two weeks later, in his first major speech, the new secretary laid down a formidable gauntlet of 12 conditions for Iran to meet, covering not just its nuclear program but also its support for militias in Syria, Lebanon and Yemen, and its domestic repression.”

“If Trump actually wanted to bargain with the mullahs, he would have to repudiate Pompeo’s list; if Iran responds to the ultimatums by resuming nuclear activity, the only alternative may be war.”

Diehl wondered if something similar happened in the North Korea negotiations as well. Pompeo was responsible for taking over for Trump after the June summit with Kim Jong Un. The first visit was a disaster, and talks ceased for months while others tried to clean up Pompeo’s mess.

“Evidently, the North Korean ruler has decided he can’t do business with Pompeo. Maybe that’s because the secretary is refusing to give in to Kim’s unreasonable demands for sanctions relief and a peace declaration. But perhaps the dictator is also put off by the #swagger,” Diehl noted.

ADVERTISEMENT

Meanwhile, the State Department is still woefully understaffed and important posts remain unfilled. Those that are there were hopeful Pompeo would disagree with Tillerson’s desire to leave so many positions staffless. He hasn’t.

“Pompeo greets most questions about his performance with a tight smirk and a few dismissive words. It’s a manner that appears calculated to offend. It has won him few friends or allies in Congress or anywhere else. But then, he is performing for an audience of one: a president who loves #swagger,” Diehl closed.

Read his full piece at The Post.

Report typos and corrections to [email protected].
READ COMMENTS - JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

‘Everyone ultimately prefers their own race’: Morrissey claims he’s not racist because everybody else is

Published

on

Former Smiths singer Morrissey explained in an interview that he couldn't possibly be a racist because everyone else is racist.

Morrissey came out for the anti-Islam political party in England, and has run into problems about his political claims ever since. As noted by Consequence of Sound, "it doesn’t help that he says thing like Halal certifiers support ISIS, of course."

He made the comments as part of an interview with his own nephew Sam Etsy Rayner, for Moz’s website.

Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

‘He should be hospitalized’: Internet stunned after Trump goes off on completely incoherent Mt Rushmore rant

Published

on

President Donald Trump was asked on Tuesday whether his face should appear on Mount Rushmore along with other major American presidents.

“If I answer that question yes, I will end up with such bad publicity,” Trump told The Hill, before pivoting to an incoherent rant about fireworks.

The president's rambling shocked many people on Twitter:

Apart from Trump’s apparent inability to string together coherent English sentences on the fly, note also the sheer ignorance and apathy toward the idea that there might be legitimate reasons why fireworks are not detonated around the Black Hills. https://t.co/jja2XD19Mw

Continue Reading
 

Breaking Banner

Trump: Immigrants didn’t want to come to America before I was president because ‘Obama wasn’t a cheerleader’

Published

on

President Donald Trump's strange rant about fireworks at Mt. Rushmore wasn't the only head-scratching exchange that occurred during his recent interview with reporters from The Hill.

During another part of the interview, Trump was asked about Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's (D-NY) criticism of the internment camps he's been using to house immigrant children.

Continue Reading
 
 

Copyright © 2019 Raw Story Media, Inc. PO Box 21050, Washington, D.C. 20009 | Masthead | Privacy Policy | For corrections or concerns, please email [email protected]

 ENOUGH IS ENOUGH 

Trump endorses killing journalists, like Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. Online ad networks are now targeting sites that cover acts of violence against dissidents, LGBTQ people and people of color.

Learn how you can help.
close-link