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Philip M. Giraldi: “Pompeo Lies, Cheats and Steals (But He’s Still a Good Christian)”

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Written by Philip M. Giraldi; Originally appeared on strategic-culture.org

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently recounted to an audience at Texas A&M University that when he was head of the Central Intelligence Agency he was responsible for “lying, cheating and stealing” to benefit the United States. “Like we had entire training courses. It reminds you of the glory of the American experiment.”

Philip M. Giraldi: "Pompeo Lies, Cheats and Steals (But He’s Still a Good Christian)"

The Secretary made the comment with a grin, noting that when he was a cadet at West Point he subscribed to the Academy honor code, which stated that “You will not lie, cheat, or steal or tolerate those who do.” The largely student audience clearly appreciated and irony and laughed and applauded, though it is not clear what they made of the “glory of the American experiment.” The normally humorless Pompeo was suggesting ironically that yesterday’s Pompeo would be required to turn today’s Pompeo into the appropriate authorities for lying and also conniving at high crimes and misdemeanors while at the Agency.

Certainly, some might find Pompeo’s admission a bit lame though perhaps understandable as he arrived at CIA without any experience in intelligence. Someone should have whispered in his ear, “That is what spy agencies do Mike.” And if he found the moral ambiguities vexing, he should have turned down the job. Equally lame has been the international media coverage of the comments (it was not reported in any major national news outlet in the US) which reflected both shock and vindication at finding a top-level official who would admit that Washington does all that sort of nasty stuff.

And Pompeo is not alone in his doing what would have hitherto been unthinkable as many senior figures in the Trump Administration who have sworn an oath to uphold the Constitution now find themselves conniving at starting various wars without the constitutionally required declaration of war from Congress. Pompeo has personally assured both the Venezuelans and Iranians that “all options are on the table,” while also arming the Ukrainians and warning the Russians to get out of Caracas or else face the consequences. And it is a good thing that he has now learned how to lie as he does so when he keeps insisting that the Iranians are the leading state sponsors of terrorism or that the Saudis are fighting a just war in Yemen.

And then there is the ethical dimension. The United States government is already involved in economic acts of war through use of its sanctions worldwide. It is currently dedicated to starving the Iranian and Venezuelan people to force them to change their governments. This week, a global boycott of Iranian oil sales to be enforced unilaterally by Washington kicks in with the objective, per Pompeo, of reducing “Iran’s oil exports to zero” to deny its government its “principal source of revenue.” The problem with the Pompeo objective is that attacking a foreign government normally rallies the people around their leadership. Also, denying a country income ultimately hurts ordinary people much more than it does those who make the decisions. One recalls the famous Madeleine Albright line about killing 500,000 Iraqi children through malnutrition and disease brought about by sanctions as “being worth it.”

Pompeo believes himself to be a good Christian. Indeed, a very good Christian in that he believes that the second coming of Jesus Christ is imminent and by virtue of his good deeds he will be saved and “raptured” directly to heaven. He, like Vice President Mike Pence, is referred to as a Dispensationalist, and he also believes that those who are not “born again” and accept Jesus will be doomed to hell. Most Dispensationalists think that the second coming will be preceded by a world war centered in the Middle East referred to as Armageddon, which will pit good against evil. How that shapes Pompeo’s thinking vis-à-vis encouraging a major armed conflict with Iran is certainly something that war-weary Americans should be considering.

One of the really interesting things about fanatics like Pompeo and his dos amigos Vice President Mike Pence and National Security Advisor John Bolton is how they are unable to figure out what comes next after the “lying, cheating, stealing” and shooting are over. After American air and naval power destroy Iran, what comes next? If Iraq and Afghanistan are anything to go by, “next” will be kind of figured out as one goes along. And as for an end game, fuggedaboutit.

Now let us suppose that with the crushing of the Mullahs all the requirements for Armageddon will be met and Jesus Christ makes his second appearance, what happens after that when the world as we know it ends? Presumably the rapture itself is painless but when Pompeo and Pence arrive at heaven what will they do all day? Play cards? There will be no television one presumes and no Muslims or Latinos to kick around as they will all be in hell. Drinking and smoking are probably not allowed and acquiring a girlfriend will likely be discouraged. One suspects that engaging in philosophical symposia to pass one’s time is not particularly favored by either gentleman.

Perhaps Pompeo and Pence look forward to something like the Mormon model, where they and their extended families going back genetically to the Pleistocene period will have their own planets where they can sit around and hobnob all day long. God, who, according to the Mormons, also has his own planet called Kolob, might just pop by for a visit every once in a while.

The point of all this is that we Americans are in the hands of a group of people who are adept at self- deception and who are also quite capable of doing some very dangerous things in light of their religious and personal views. It is one thing to have a strong foreign policy defending actual American interests but it is quite another to have a propensity to go to war to satisfy a personal predilection about how one goes about enabling a biblical prophecy. Equally, having a moral compass that is flexible depending who is on the receiving end is like having no real morals at all.

We have reached a point here in the United States where bad decisions and behavior best described as evil are masked by a certain kind of expressed piety and visions of national greatness. It is time to get rid of the Pompeos and Pences to end the charade and restore genuine morality unencumbered by the book of Revelations together with a national dignity that is not linked to threats or projection of military power.

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  • Joe Kerr

    As corrupt and incompetent Trump is, he’s still better than the alternative (Pence) if he’s impeached. Sadly, there’s not much encouragement or sense coming out of Israel’s U.S. colony these days, armageddon or not.

  • FlorianGeyer

    Articles such as this give me some hope that there are still sane people in the USA.

    Whether they will ever be able to govern the lunatics in the US asylum , is another question.
    I fear it is now too late for this, and that the moral decline of America must take its course.

    Empires in the terminal stage of hubris have always been traumatic for the populations of all nations connected to it.

  • Garga

    Mr. Giraldi described it is such a manner that now I’m very much tempted to go to Pompeo’s hell!
    Imagine that, no Pompeo, no Pence and no like-minded people, you can do anything which is not permitted in their heaven, all the fun, honest and good people are there and more importantly, all the Latina girlfriends you can dream!

    I’m outta ‘ere.

  • Marvin Joel Zavala López

    I don’t give a fuck ’bout your God an Jesus.

  • iosongasingsing

    Pompeo is not a Christian, he is a brotherhood of the Jew-Protestant sect and therefore lies like all the professors of the jew kol Nidrei.

  • David Parker

    Pompeo is NOT a Christian.
    Christians are indwelt by The Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit does not allow Christians to habitually murder, lie, cheat, steal, etc., the very things that God forbids. Actions speak louder than words. No one in the US government looks to Jesus as anything but a handy prop for appearances in election years. I would say even Pence is a Sunday Christian, having no strength of any Christian conviction, merely swayed to and fro by secular concerns.
    Of all the multitudes in the US who profess Christianity, in my experience, fewer than one in a hundred actually even read the Bible, tithe, have any idea what Christian doctrine is, and can barely spell Christian.
    So, do not tar Christianity with the US deep state which is entirely demonic.

  • Xoli Xoli

    Pompeo and Bolton are not Christians their are satanist,people of secret world.Penis in the ass marriage promoters.Pompeo is a illuminati blood spilled count live with blood sacrifice.

  • RichardD

    The US government is overrun with anti American Zionist Israel firsters. Christ was a vocal anti Judaic for the same reasons that people have condemned Talmud rabbinical Judaics for thousands of years.

    Talmud Israeli and Christian Zionists are opposed to and in violation of the basic morality that Christianity is based on. Which is why Judaism should be outlawed as the criminal organization and evil cult that it is. And the US and our planet dejudified so that they go extinct.