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Re: US Foreign Policy

Post by Sertorio » Mon Oct 19, 2020 4:27 am

Pompeo’s record a litany of failure
By GEORGE KOO And K J NOH - OCTOBER 19, 2020
https://asiatimes.com/2020/10/pompeos-r ... f-failure/

Mike Pompeo, otherwise known as the international man of catastrophe, by wide acclaim, has earned a label as the worst secretary of state in the history of the United States, while appropriately enough serving under its worst president.

That president, Donald Trump, has torn the US constitution to shreds, and he has an absolutely corrupt chief law-enforcement officer, Attorney General Bill Barr, to provide him a temporary Get out of Jail Free card. Until and unless regime change takes place after the November election, Pompeo is safe under the same protective custody.

As the US top diplomat, Pompeo’s mission is to persuade nations to take positions aligned with the US and in opposition to China. If a nation fails to be persuaded, especially when it’s against that nation’s self-interest, Pompeo’s technique is to compel it to comply with the threat of sanctions.

Levying sanctions hasn’t been limited to the usual wide-angle shotgun blasts at Cuba, Iran, North Korea and Venezuela, but the US has also targeted the chief prosecutor and other officials of the International Criminal Court for investigating Pompeo for possible war crimes while he was head of the Central Intelligence Agency.

Just as his boss, Trump, sees himself as above the laws of the United States, Pompeo, who sees the United Nations, World Health Organization and other international bodies as subordinates to the US, certainly would not allow the possibility of being subject to international laws. The sanction is his way of saying we’re not going to allow you to travel freely to continue your investigation and we’re not going to take you seriously.

He lied, cheated and stole

In a moment of braggadocio and indiscretion – and poor judgment – he chortled before a group of students and boasted how as head of the CIA, he lied, cheated and stole. All in the CIA training manual, he said. The students were not amused. Neither was the public. Since becoming the head of the State Department, his actions confirm that his modus operandi has not changed.

Pompeo has remained true to his character in his campaign against China. With no sense of irony, a typical preamble to his speeches on China goes: “Communists always lie, but the biggest lie is that the Chinese Communist Party speaks for 1.4 billion people who are surveilled, oppressed, and scared to speak out.”

He failed to note that annually, 170 million of these deceived Chinese people travel as tourists abroad, and then choose voluntarily to return to this “open-air prison” of surveillance, oppression and terror.

It probably did not occur to him that this allegation may be more projection than anything resembling truth, given the fact that the US has the largest prison population of any country – five times as great on a per capita basis as China’s – and the surveillance and harassment of whistleblowers and dissidents is routine.

On October 6, Pompeo lashed out against China and exhorted the Quad – the US-Japan-Australia-India military-strategic formation that the US is trying to consolidate against China – to stand against China and its evil, corrupt actions: “I also look forward to … renewing our resolve to protect our precious freedoms and the sovereignty of the diverse nations of the region.

“As partners … it is more critical now than ever that we collaborate to protect our people and partners from the CCP’s exploitation, corruption, and coercion.”

The silence from the Quad members was deafening – no agreement or statement was issued after their ministerial meeting in Tokyo. The Japanese government, in particular, in a mind-bending act of diplomatic insouciance, insisted flat out, “This Quad meeting is not being held with any particular country in mind.”

Sorry, His Holiness is not in

On September 30, the Vatican rebuffed a request from Mike Pompeo for an audience with Pope Francis, and accused the secretary of state of trying to drag the Catholic Church into the US presidential election by denouncing its relations with China.

On September 9, in a speech to member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations encouraging them to gang up against China, he stated, “Don’t let the Chinese Communist Party walk over us and our people. You should have confidence and the American will be here in friendship to help you.”

The good secretary seemed to have forgotten that if anyone has posed a historical threat to Southeast Asian countries, it is the United States. Unsurprisingly, there were no takers.

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Re: US Foreign Policy

Post by Jim the Moron » Sat Nov 14, 2020 10:55 am

The lame-duck administration will no doubt begin to focus on things it would like to have accomplished before January. Commonly this is pardoning of selected convicts and such.

But there is one huge action some hope POTUS will take. There have been rumblings that large withdrawals of US forces from West Asia and North Africa are being considered. Do it!!!

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Re: US Foreign Policy

Post by Sertorio » Sat Nov 14, 2020 11:36 am

Jim the Moron wrote:
Sat Nov 14, 2020 10:55 am
The lame-duck administration will no doubt begin to focus on things it would like to have accomplished before January. Commonly this is pardoning of selected convicts and such.

But there is one huge action some hope POTUS will take. There have been rumblings that large withdrawals of US forces from West Asia and North Africa are being considered. Do it!!!
YES!!!...

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Re: US Foreign Policy

Post by Doc » Sat Nov 14, 2020 11:55 am

Sertorio wrote:
Sat Nov 14, 2020 11:36 am
Jim the Moron wrote:
Sat Nov 14, 2020 10:55 am
The lame-duck administration will no doubt begin to focus on things it would like to have accomplished before January. Commonly this is pardoning of selected convicts and such.

But there is one huge action some hope POTUS will take. There have been rumblings that large withdrawals of US forces from West Asia and North Africa are being considered. Do it!!!
YES!!!...
Lets hope the CCP does the same.
“"I fancied myself as some kind of god....It is a sort of disease when you consider yourself some kind of god, the creator of everything, but I feel comfortable about it now since I began to live it out.” -- George Soros

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Re: US Foreign Policy

Post by Sertorio » Sat Nov 14, 2020 12:08 pm

Doc wrote:
Sat Nov 14, 2020 11:55 am
Sertorio wrote:
Sat Nov 14, 2020 11:36 am
Jim the Moron wrote:
Sat Nov 14, 2020 10:55 am
The lame-duck administration will no doubt begin to focus on things it would like to have accomplished before January. Commonly this is pardoning of selected convicts and such.

But there is one huge action some hope POTUS will take. There have been rumblings that large withdrawals of US forces from West Asia and North Africa are being considered. Do it!!!
YES!!!...
Lets hope the CCP does the same.
As far as I know China has a few military in Djibuti (but not in North Africa) and none in West Asia...

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Re: US Foreign Policy

Post by Doc » Sat Nov 14, 2020 12:38 pm

Sertorio wrote:
Sat Nov 14, 2020 12:08 pm
Doc wrote:
Sat Nov 14, 2020 11:55 am
Sertorio wrote:
Sat Nov 14, 2020 11:36 am
Jim the Moron wrote:
Sat Nov 14, 2020 10:55 am
The lame-duck administration will no doubt begin to focus on things it would like to have accomplished before January. Commonly this is pardoning of selected convicts and such.

But there is one huge action some hope POTUS will take. There have been rumblings that large withdrawals of US forces from West Asia and North Africa are being considered. Do it!!!
YES!!!...
Lets hope the CCP does the same.
As far as I know China has a few military in Djibuti (but not in North Africa) and none in West Asia...
It has navel bases in Pakistan and Cambodia. The one in Pakistan has not been activated The one in Cambodia was set up covertly. The PLA has also occupied Nepal. The CCP has a large presence throughout Africa. Because of the base in Djibouti they can have troops anywhere in Sub-Sahara Africa within 24 hours.

You might review the video in the post I made previous to yours. It applies as much to the CCP as it does to the US.
viewtopic.php?p=35252#p35252
“"I fancied myself as some kind of god....It is a sort of disease when you consider yourself some kind of god, the creator of everything, but I feel comfortable about it now since I began to live it out.” -- George Soros

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Re: US Foreign Policy

Post by Jim the Moron » Thu Dec 03, 2020 8:58 pm

"Pro-Israel Democrat Gregory Meeks voted chief of key House foreign affairs panel"
https://timesofisrael.com/pro-israel-de ... irs-panel/

All well and good, but he goes counter by his support of the "US rejoining Iran nuke deal," and by his opposition to "creeping annexation in the West Bank."


"Iran's Zarif says nuclear deal 'will never be renegotiated,' rules out new talks"
https://timesofisrael.com/irans-zarif-s ... new-talks/

Great. Now if the US can keep the traitorous John "57 Varieties" Kerry from sticking his nose into it, maybe we can put to rest the eagerness of some to kiss Persian ass.

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Re: US Foreign Policy

Post by Ellen » Thu Dec 03, 2020 9:31 pm

"Great. Now if the US can keep the traitorous John "57 Varieties" Kerry from sticking his nose into it, maybe we can put to rest the eagerness of some to kiss Persian ass."

I suspect the reason Biden gave Kerry this thankless portfolio (where minimal progress can be made at best) is the same reason Obama gave Kerry the Mideast Peace Process portfolio last time the DP had power. Kerry is such a self-important dunderhead, he imagines that anything he heads must become a success, while everyone else knows that it will fail. This way he runs full steam ahead and absorbs all the humiliation of failure, while the president can avoid blame.

Truly, does anyone think that Kerry is smarter than Trump?

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Re: US Foreign Policy

Post by Jim the Moron » Fri Jan 15, 2021 10:45 am

Sertorio wrote:
Sat Nov 14, 2020 11:36 am
Jim the Moron wrote:
Sat Nov 14, 2020 10:55 am
The lame-duck administration will no doubt begin to focus on things it would like to have accomplished before January. Commonly this is pardoning of selected convicts and such.

But there is one huge action some hope POTUS will take. There have been rumblings that large withdrawals of US forces from West Asia and North Africa are being considered. Do it!!!
YES!!!...

We are getting word that further withdrawals of US forces from Afghanistan - to under 3,000 troops - are underway. But not to worry - all you war-mongers can take solace that Baden wishes to maintain a "military presence" there, whatever that means.

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Re: US Foreign Policy

Post by Jim the Moron » Mon Feb 08, 2021 8:05 pm

sorry - but that was last year's news - (the 2nd Cavalry Regiment coming home)
https://euobserver.com/foreign/149076

This year's news - Biden reverses that decision - those 4,500 troops will stay in Germany.

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