Mike Pompeo has spent his entire political life preparing to defend Trump’s deadly strike on Iran’s top general
Since becoming secretary of state, Mike Pompeo has embodied the Trump administration’s aggressive, make-no-apologies approach on foreign policy.
Most recently, Pompeo has defended the White House’s justifications for the strike that killed Gen. Qassem Soleimani, Iran’s top general.
In lashing himself to Trump’s legacy, Pompeo has made himself indispensable — but at what cost?
Emily Tamkin is a writer based in Washington, DC.
Following the killing of Qassem Soleimani by a US drone strike, confusion and fear swept through Washington. Soleimani, the commander of Iran’s elite Quds Force, had long been a foe of US forces in Iraq, leaving many around the world to wonder why he suddenly had to go.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had an answer: Soleimani had been plotting “a series of imminent attacks,” he announced on Fox News on January 9, roughly a week after Soleimani’s death.
“We don’t know precisely when and we don’t know precisely where,” Pompeo added.
Knowing when an attack will occur is usually a prerequisite for determining imminence, a detail that didn’t seem to trouble Pompeo. At an earlier State Department press conference, he pointed to the death of an Iraqi-American military contractor in Kirkuk killed by a rocket attack on December 27.
“If you are looking for imminence, look no further than the days that led up to the strike,” he said.
Nearly a week later Americans are still looking. On Monday, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Eliot Engel shared in a statement that Pompeo had declined to appear before the committee on Tuesday to testify on Iran.
“The secretary should welcome the opportunity to make the case and answer questions before the American people,” Engel said.
Through the Soleimani crisis, Pompeo has shown a willingness to stretch the truth and an unrelenting loyalty to President Donald Trump, the man who controls his political destiny.
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Source:: Business Insider