Pompeo the Pompous – You just can’t make this stuff up!

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This group was part of a young men's civil club, all educated and full of questions. All want peace so the country can develop faster.

… from Press TV, Tehran

[ Editor’s Note: My God, Captain Pompeo seems to be in a race with President Tweet to make the dumbest foreign policy statement. We will to have to give this blithering a lasting name. How about TrumpSpeak, in honor of the master linguist?

Pompeo has certainly not talked to any of the people I met while in Bandar Abass, Iran (on the Gulf), last Spring. I had attended the 2018 New Horizon Conference in the religious capital, Mashad.

When the formal meetings were over, for the first time they allowed the attendees, about 50, split up into small groups to spread out across the country to rub shoulders with the regular folks who actually were delighted to see Americans there.

Yours truly at the Ravi Mosque complex, learning to take selfies for the first time. The complex was one huge artwork. And yes, lots of gold leaf.

Two things stuck out the most among the myriad of questions we asked each other in casual conversation, across different stations in society. The Iran-Iraq war is seared into their memory like the Civil War is in the American South, as so many families lost breadwinners or sons.

They remember running to the air raid shelters, not only for bombings but the chemical weapons missiles that came down on them when they had nothing comparable to shoot back.

They also remember their civilian airliner being shot down, supposedly by mistake; and where the US Navy captain was decorated for it. I had no answer for them as to why.

If Pompeo thinks there is a pro-Shah political faction waiting for the right time to come down out of the hills to take over Tehran, he must be smoking crack.

Sure, there is an opposition in Iran like there is in Russia, waiting for the day to be US puppets and run the country as proxies. Iranians know that the US has only the boot to offer them, for their necks.

I found them to be mostly like people everywhere. They wanted a good job in a growing economy to take care of their families; and they are sure they will have that when the US Deep State machine leaves them alone. But I told them that would not be an easy thing to do, as we Americans can’t even get rid of it here… Jim W. Dean ]

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In one village, our hosts insisted we meet their oldest citizen, a 102-year-old former Silk Road sailor, who admitted to having wives in many countries, which got a good laugh out of all that could pack themselves into the room. David, in the middle, was a London film producer.

– First published … January 04, 2018

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says Washington’s tough sanctions against the Islamic Republic are aimed at giving the Iranian people a chance to have better lives.

“The sanctions on Iran have this ultimate goal: creating an outcome where the Iranian people can have better lives than they have today,” Pompeo told Newsmax TV on Thursday.

The administration of US President Donald Trump announced on November 5 the reimposition of the “toughest” sanctions ever against Iran’s banking and energy sectors with the aim of cutting off its oil sales and crucial exports. The bans had been lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

While the US claims the bans do not target civilians and ordinary people, they are actually hampering the import of food and medicine to the country, endangering the lives of millions of patients in Iran.

Pompeo earlier told BBC Persian that Iranian officials must listen to Washington “if they want their people to eat.”

He also said since the re-introduction of the sanctions, there was no sign yet that Iranian officials would return to the negotiating table.

“We have provided, we have accommodated the Iranian people with our sanctions, and it’s now the Iranian government’s responsibility to make sure that they do the right thing…It’s their job to do the right thing for their people,” he noted.

In reaction to his comments, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Pompeo’s open threat to starve the Iranian nation was “a crime against humanity” and “a desperate attempt to impose US whims on Iran.”

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Javad Zarif

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@SecPompeo openly threatening to starve Iranians—a crime against humanity—in a desperate attempt to impose US whims on Iran. Like his predecessors, he’ll also learn that—in spite of US efforts—Iran will not just survive but advance w/out sacrificing its sovereignty.

“Like his predecessors, he’ll also learn that—in spite of US efforts—Iran will not just survive but advance w/out sacrificing its sovereignty,” Zarif said.

US has ‘lots of things’ to work on with Turkey

In his interview with Newsmax TV, Pompeo also referred to Washington’s ties with Ankara, saying the US has “lots of things to work on with the Turks” and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

“There are places where they are very supportive of the things that Americans care about, which keep Americans safe,” Pompeo said.

“There are other places where we have real concerns,” the secretary added. “We still have Americans who are being held there. The conversation with the Turks continues.”

Pompeo also announced that National Security Adviser John Bolton and Jim Jeffrey, special representative for Syrian engagement, will meet with Turkish officials next week “to talk about Syria.”

“There are lots of places where we need to work with President Erdogan and the Turkish leadership to get good outcomes for the United States.”

The comments came as the US is reportedly evacuating its military bases in Syria after President Trump pledged to pull American forces out of the war-torn Arab country.

America’s military presence in northern parts of Syria, where US troops are working closely with Kurdish groups, have drawn fire from Turkey.

Ankara has launched its own military incursion into Syria, with a declared goal of destroying Kurdish groups causing unrest in Turkish territories.

Upon announcing his decision to leave Syria, Trump said Turkey would be taking on the US military responsibilities in the country.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Pompeo Quote:
    “ In 1982, Pompeo graduated from Los Amigos High School in Fountain Valley, California, where he played power forward on the basketball team.[12] In 1986, Pompeo graduated first in his class from the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he majored in engineering management.[13][14]
    From 1986 to 1991, Pompeo served in the U.S. Army as an Armor Branch Officer with the 2nd Squadron, 7th Cavalry in the 4th Infantry Division, reaching the rank of Captain.[2][15][16][17]
    In 1994, Pompeo received a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School where he served as one of 78 editors of the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy”
    Either the information about Pompeo in this article is wrong or Pompeo had some sort of mental breakdown. Perhaps he sustained some sort of battlefield injury that went unreported. Perhaps he got into drugs at Harvard or being a lying lawyer impaired brain function. Obviously he is not the great student falsely portrayed above. Iran is a great Nation. It was the criminals in the U.S. who started all the problems in about 1953 with the dictator Shah whom they installed. Iran should tell the U.S. to shove it, close the straights and end all oil sales too. The U.S. is nothing by a criminal dictator totalitarian government today and must be restrained before they destroy the planet under mentally impaired fools like Israel Lover Liar Trump, Israel Lover Bolton and Mentally Impaired Lying Lawyer Pompao..

    • ..Lying Lawyer Pompao from the KooK Capital of the world
      California. Thank you Jim Dean for intelligent and compassionate comments about the good people of Iran and the bad people of the outlaws in the U.S. of Tyranny. like mentally impaired Pompeo who must be removed as Sec.State pronto. This is an emergency!

    • I wonder ‘Nexus789’ if his rotundity is more due to the excess of lies than pies or a rare case where both work in tandem. The word pies brings to mind the image of the Pied Piper of Hamelin surrounded by an ever increasing number of rats but going nowhere beyond the sewers of Washington except for the occasional foreign foray because the Swamp is too cozy by far. This military Trumpette reduces US military dress to drag frayed along the ground by this delusional sock-puppet whose former army leather boots now sound to the tramp of political démarche exhorting the minion nations of the world to bend to Washington’s boot; his demoted motto anything but a military maxim that Robert Frost comes closest to explaining: ‘if you’ll let a guide direct you / Who only has at heart your getting lost’. His swagger stick is a whip, his soldiers the knuckle-dragging cartoon goons now largely deployed to the Ukraine and Afghanistan: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YdXQJS3Yv0Y

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