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Mon Mar 30, 2020, 08:46 AM Mar 2020

Pompeo's pandemic performance ensures his place among the worst secretaries of state ever

Let’s recall how the U.S. secretary of state has historically behaved at a time of grave international crisis: circling the globe (at least telephonically); formulating a coherent multilateral response; and lining up nations behind it — starting with America’s closest allies.

Now, consider how Mike Pompeo spent his time last week, as cases of covid-19 soared in the United States and numerous other countries. He kicked off Monday by indulging in a pointless war of words with Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, whom he accused of lying about the country’s grave coronavirus outbreak.

Then he flew off to Afghanistan, where, after a brief and failed attempt to persuade President Ashraf Ghani and rival Abdullah Abdullah to put aside their deep-seated differences, thereby facilitating the pre-election troop withdrawal President Trump wants, he resorted to the administration’s favorite foreign policy tool: abruptly cutting off aid.

On Wednesday, Pompeo had an opportunity to lead when foreign ministers of the Group of Seven convened by telephone. James A. Baker III, George Shultz or Madeleine Albright would have emerged with a clear statement of purpose by the world’s leading democracies — perhaps a commitment to aiding the poor nations and refugees that face devastation by the new disease.

Instead, Pompeo blocked the G-7 from issuing any communique after the other ministers sensibly refused to go along with his petty insistence that it refer to the “Wuhan virus.” The message he sent was clear: Scoring a rhetorical point against Beijing is more important to this U.S. administration than forging a consensus with Britain, France, Germany and other close allies.


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Pompeo's pandemic performance ensures his place among the worst secretaries of state ever (Original Post) Zorro Mar 2020 OP
Pompous Pompeo's Perfectly Preposterous Pandemic Performance Panned lagomorph777 Mar 2020 #1
Secretary of Dick GOPricklepants Mar 2020 #2
It would be nice to have 14 hearings with Pompeo under oath UpInArms Mar 2020 #3
He was exceptionally loud and obnoxious during Hillary's testimony Zorro Mar 2020 #4
qui quo pro Ukraine and the way he treated . . . Iliyah Mar 2020 #5


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2. Secretary of Dick
Mon Mar 30, 2020, 09:22 AM
Mar 2020

I've been calling him this for awhile now and oh how he is living up to that solid turd moniker. Along with Mother's Water Boy, the two don't have a shriveled up ball between them. Just complete dick. The Con must have an extravagant collection of nutsacks by now. Maybe he freezes them and uses them to ice down his Diet Cokes on the daily.


(25,111 posts)
5. qui quo pro Ukraine and the way he treated . . .
Mon Mar 30, 2020, 10:25 AM
Mar 2020

the ambassadors, besides many other things, was and still is how horrible this asshole truly is. His negotiation skills are the worst and he as well as shithole's administration are incompetence jerkoffs - all his effed up cronies.

Bright point - Dr. Fauci.

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