President Trump introduced on Tuesday that he would nominate Mike Pompeo, the director of the C.I.A., to be the subsequent secretary of state now that Rex Tillerson has been pushed out. That is dangerous information for the nation and the world.
If confirmed, Mr. Pompeo will convey to the job not the discretion and objectivity of a former intelligence chief, however as an alternative the habits of a fierce ideologue, which is exactly what he continued to be as C.I.A. director, sometimes a nonpartisan place. He has been probably the most political head of the company since William Casey within the 1980s. Mr. Pompeo has repeatedly stepped out of the right position of an intelligence director to be an advocate for hawkish insurance policies. The ruthless partisanship he displayed as a congressman foreshadows how he’ll carry out on the State Division.
Mr. Pompeo is a staunch defender of Mr. Trump and echoes his preferences on main nationwide safety and overseas coverage issues. That’s seemingly the principle cause he was given Mr. Tillerson’s job as the US’ high diplomat. As secretary of state, Mr. Pompeo would reinforce Mr. Trump’s extra harmful inclinations on a number of key points:
Iran. In commenting to reporters on the appointment, Mr. Trump singled out the Iran nuclear settlement as a difficulty on which he disagreed with Mr. Tillerson, saying, “I feel it’s horrible; I suppose he thought it was O.Okay.” However with Mr. Pompeo, continued the president, “now we have a really related thought course of.”
Mr. Pompeo has certainly been a fervent foe of the 2015 nuclear settlement. Whereas in Congress, he pursued each potential avenue to discredit and undermine it. He talked of imaginary “secret facet offers” that the Obama administration had allegedly made with Iran and has performed down the prices of bombing Iran. As director of the C.I.A., Mr. Pompeo has likened Iran to the Islamic State and has tried to make a case that Iran is allied with Al Qaeda, even ordering one other dive into already-exploited paperwork captured within the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, after which taking the extremely irregular step of furnishing a cherry-picked result to an advocacy group that opposes the nuclear settlement.
Mr. Pompeo’s efforts resemble the efforts by the George W. Bush administration, earlier than the Iraq warfare, to depict a supposed alliance between Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda. Iran is the only situation the place the change from Mr. Tillerson — who helped to restrain Mr. Trump’s urge to kill the nuclear settlement — to Mr. Pompeo is most definitely to have a critical and harmful impression on coverage.
North Korea. Mr. Pompeo has constantly taken one of the crucial hawkish traces on coping with Pyongyang. He seems targeted on regime change because the one certain method to resolve the North Korean drawback. This week, he instructed Fox Information that “by no means earlier than have we had the North Koreans ready the place their economic system was at such threat, the place their management was below such stress.” The USA, he says, ought to make “no concessions” in any negotiations.