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Pompeo Turns Reality Upside Down

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

The speech made by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the American University in Cairo on January 10th deserves more attention than it has received from the US media. In it, Pompeo reveals his own peculiar vision of what is taking place in the Middle East, to include the impact of his own personal religiosity, and his belief that Washington’s proper role in the region is to act as “a force for good.” The extent to which the Secretary of State was speaking for himself was not completely clear, but the text of the presentation was posted on the State Department website without any qualification, so one has to assume that Pompeo was representing White House policy.

Pompeo Turns Reality Upside Down

Pompeo immediately set the stage for what was to follow, asserting in his first several paragraphs that “This trip is especially meaningful for me as an evangelical Christian… In my office, I keep a Bible open on my desk to remind me of God and His Word, and The Truth. And it’s the truth, lower-case ‘t,’ that I’m here to talk about today. It is a truth that isn’t often spoken in this part of the world, but because I’m a military man by training, I’ll be very blunt and direct today: America is a force for good in the Middle East.”

Pompeo and Vice President Mike Pence are quite likely the two most prominent Evangelical Christians in the Donald Trump Administration. Further, the two are Christian Zionists, which means that the return of the Jews to the Middle East is an essential precursor component of their belief that certain steps must be taken to bring about the second coming of Christ. Some Christian Zionists believe that the second coming is imminent, but whether or not that is true of Pence and Pompeo, they nevertheless share the conviction that the state of Israel must be protected at all costs, a view that certainly shapes their policy recommendations regarding the Middle East. And that view also has an impact on policy towards Israel’s neighbors, with Iran in particular being vilified as the purely evil foe, a “cancerous influence,” that will be destroyed in the great battle of Armageddon which will lead to the second coming and the rapture of all good Christians into Heaven.

Beyond that, Pompeo sought in his speech to disparage the Middle Eastern policy of Donald Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama and to make clear that something fresh and exciting has arrived in its place. He said that the United States had been “absent too much” to help friends in the Middle East. “Why? Because our leaders gravely misread our history, and your historical moment. These fundamental misunderstandings, set forth in this city in 2009, adversely affected the lives of hundreds of millions of people in Egypt and all across the region. Remember: It was here, here in this city, that another American stood before you. He told you that radical Islamist terrorism does not stem from an ideology. He told you that 9/11 led my country to abandon its ideals, particularly in the Middle East. He told you that the United States and the Muslim world needed, quote, ‘a new beginning,’ end of quote. The results of these misjudgments have been dire.”

Along the way Pompeo trots out a lot of half-truths and even completely fabricated lies, saying that America’s “timidity” had let to the rise of ISIS, had enabled Iran’s government to crush the “Green Revolution,” had freed Tehran to interfere all over the region, had allowed Hezbollah to accumulate a massive arsenal to threaten Israel, and had permitted Bashar al-Assad to kill his own people with chemical weapons. And worst of all, there was a false desire for peace that led to “a [nuclear] deal with Iran, our common enemy.”

Pompeo concludes from the record of calamities that “So today, what did we learn from all of this? We learned that when America retreats, chaos often follows. When we neglect our friends, resentment builds. And when we partner with enemies, they advance… The good news is this: The age of self-inflicted American shame is over, and so are the policies that produced so much needless suffering. Now comes the real new beginning. In just 24 months, actually less than two years, the United States under President Trump has reasserted its traditional role as a force for good in this region.”

Apart from the histrionics, the speech was clearly intended to deliver a simple political message to the audience and particularly to the Egyptian and Gulf governments. By asserting a “force for good” mandate, Pompeo was actually telling all the autocratic regimes in the Middle East that they can do whatever they want as long as they hate Iran.

To be sure, Pompeo’s speech contained a number of lines that might be considered attempts at humor given the absurdity of some of the claims being made. He said “For those who fret about the use of American power, remember this: America has always been, and always will be, a liberating force, not an occupying power. We’ve never dreamed of domination in the Middle East. Can you say the same about Iran?” Actually, you could say exactly that about Iran, which hasn’t occupied anyone since the seventeenth century. It is the US that has land, sea and air power based all over the region while also fighting wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. It is America’s best friend and ally Israel that is occupying Palestine.

But the best line was towards the end, “And in Yemen, we will continue to work for a lasting peace. And I think this is clear, but it is worth reiterating: The United States fully supports Israel’s right to defend itself against the Iranian regime’s aggressive adventurism. We will continue to ensure that Israel has the military capacity to do so decisively.”

As Yemen is achieving peace through American bombs supplied to the Saudis while “ally” Israel is the most persistent aggressor in the Middle East second only to Washington, it is ludicrous to think that America in some way has become a “force for good.” Tell that to the Libyans whose prosperous state was reduced to anarchy by American bombing and support of terrorist groups. Visit Fallujah or Raqqa, or what’s left of them. US forces and sanctions have killed 1.7 million Iraqi civilians, including 500,000 children. By one estimate, as many as 4 million Muslims have died as a direct or indirect consequence of America’s wars in Asia since 1990. US ally Saudi Arabia meanwhile bombs Yemeni schools, buses, and hospitals, starving children as part of a major humanitarian catastrophe, while Israel attacks Syria nearly on a daily basis.

It should be terrifying to learn that Mike Pompeo has an open Bible on his desk, particularly as he seems disinclined to read the New Testament part with its message of love and forgiveness. Now the White House appears to be entering into a new America as a “force for good” phase that relies on naked aggression and collective punishment for those who do not choose to submit. And, per Pompeo, God is on our side.

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Christian Zionists are not true Christians.
There is literally nothing in Zionism that is related to Christianity.
All those “Evangelical Christians” are just another sect giving Christianity bad name.

“as many as 4 million Muslims have died as a direct or indirect consequence of America’s wars”
Yet there is no mass upheaval against US & Israel in the Muslim world.


In common main there are not as many evils as many nowadays in politicians. Common man I mean that belong to any religion or not.

Lisette Muntslag

Hiding behind religion to further a diabolical political agenda…..America picked up where Europe left off with religious fundamentalism and outright barbarism and the name of spreading freedom and democracy.


“Hiding behind religion to further a diabolical political agenda” YES!

Pardon my French, but one can’t label that on all Christians by calling it “religious fundamentalism” only because different versions of Zionism is prescribed as integral belief of some sects in U.S. (I don’t know how to call them otherwise).
Even true Catholics, Protestants, Orthodox from U.S. simply can’t be Zionists because all that is not written in the Bible.
Thus, that is not even “fundamentalism” but totally FALSE interpretation of Bible that has nothing to do with Christianity.
It has nothing to do with basic principles of Christianity either, it never had.

True one can argue that Inquisition and Crusades has nothing to do with the words from the Bible also. But than we are talking about middle Ages where huge majority was totally illiterate and incapable to see for themselves what is written.
Now people can read and see that Bible -a New Testament has nothing to do with Zionism (and endless variants of Zionism) at all.

Jews are not Christians and directly they have nothing to do with “2nd coming of Christ”.
Revelations of the New Testament which some Zionist use are totally taken out of the context from what is written.
Again all those Zionist interpretations of the Bible are false.
Ignorance is the only reason why people adhere to the Zionist story
Zionism is endemic to the U.S. Christian sects only.
Catholics, Orthodox and regular Protestants here in Europe were never Zionists.

Lisette Muntslag

Thank you for the explanation…..I don’t think I labeled “all Christians fundamentalist”…..and I am aware that Zionism is another -ism hiding behind religion to further a political agenda like I stated which originated in Europe with those who hated Christian Europe.


Since that was subject of my 1st comment…
(True you did not labeled all Christians fundamentalist in words)
Since you have been talking about
“America picked up …. religious fundamentalism”
My deduction was straight forward that you accuse Americans directly of being “religious fundamentalists”
And since they are still majority Christians…..therefore it was logical for me to think that those words addressing Christian religion

I am sorry for my inappropriate answer and I hope that you will forgive me my limited English that indispose me in the understanding of the substance.
Thank you for your kind explanation and patience.

Lisette Muntslag

I made no mention of a particular religion…..I clearly said “Hiding behind religion”….which is correct because people use religion to justify their cruelty and inhumanity. America picked up where Europe left off with religious fundamentalism is also a statement of fact. Europeans have mostly abandoned religion with God which was the reason for constant wars on the continent. The new religion in Europe is assumed to be secular known as Marxism which is in fact Zionism a nationalist and totalitarian political ideology hiding behind religion. People will tell you that America is not Marxist but in reality it is because Zionist rule the country. I lived in New York for 2 decades and made it my duty to understand the social and political dynamic. My conclusion is that the essence of Christianity no longer plays a role in the United States. When I say religious fundamentalism it is the abuse of religion to further a political agenda and most of the time in the name of God whoever that is.


I am sorry for all misunderstanding and I basically agree with your comments.

” with God which was the reason for constant wars on the continent”
I only tend to disagree that religious motives were only motive for wars in Europe. Both World Wars were very far from religion and many other wars as well…
Situation in US and EU today is similar when it comes to religion.


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Chris Chuba

When I hear the name ‘Pompeo’ the first word that comes into my mind is ‘liar’.

I do not believe anything that comes out of his mouth. Some might apply this to all U.S. politicians but Pompeo is uniquely dishonest but Tillerson had moments of clarity.

You can call me Al

Oh, for me, it is the Italian volcano – exploding and spewing shit out, covering everybody around !!.


I can find no fault in your logic. I recon the reason Tillerson still had his moments was because he realized he was powerless. The Pentagon and the Foreign Policy conduct their own foreign policy. Unless your part of the incrowd of either you have no real power as Foreign Secretary.


Presumably it’s a Scofield Bible on his desk. C.I. Scofield started the whole Dispensationalism craze that has led to the widespread belief that the Bible teaches that the believers will be “raptured” before a 7 year period called the “Great Tribulation”. Or it could be in the middle of the 7 years if you prefer the “mid-trib” version of this. During the Tribulation, the two witnesses will preach on the streets of Jerusalem. At the end of the 7 year Tribulation, the nations will gather at Armageddon (Har Magiddo, the plains of Megiddo) in Israel and slug it out. Jesus will show up at that point, lock up the Devil for a thousand years (sort of like a Harry Potter or Dr Who script) and reign in Jerusalem for 1000 years.

It has been claimed that C.I. Scofield was paid by some Jewish Zionists to write his notes on the Christian Bible to influence Evangelicals to support the Zionist cause. I would not be surprised if that is what happened. The Roman Catholics and Orthdox Christians do not believe any of the Rapture/Millennium stuff at all. They are amillenialists and that’s the original position of the Christian Church for the first 18 centuries or so.

You can call me Al

I was just reading up about that and yes you are right, regards the Evangelicals.

Lisette Muntslag

You are correct….this is what fueled World War I and II against Europe.

Jim Bim

Pompeo, a Neocon, war hawk, Tea party supporter., moron and zero diplomatic skills.


It’s always the guys with the strongest beliefs that make the biggest messes and tragedies. Give me a pragmatic leader without strong beliefs any time.

Angelo Cinarelli

Never never never trust what American say. About Christian Zionist I realy hope God will burn all to the Hell together with all Americans Governments ( Im not saying american people) and all the criminals Zionist (Im not saying Jews people). THEY MUST BURN ALL TO THE HELL. SURE THEY WILL. AMEN.

You can call me Al

Repeat after me, 100 times – “America is a force for good in the Middle East.”.


I did that Al and my horse still said ‘ Nay its all horseshit’.

Kilgore Trout

Bolton & Pompeo = chump change POS


Plumpeo is just the tip of a very plump iceberg; the result of 100+ years of fascist culture creation. Worse yet, President Pied Piper has managed to forge an unholy alliance between these “moderate” fundamentalists and the “anti-establishment” Bircher types. The Empire’s fallback ‘Plan C’…Holy War.

A peak under the hood: http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2018/oct/26/rep-matt-shea-takes-credit-criticism-for-document-/


20% of the US population is Christian Zionists. Which is by far the largest and highest concentration in Christendom. And the Jews have worked to create this faction. The other 80% of Americans re much less enamored with all things Israel than the evangelicals. Which is why there is so little support for the endless wars that the Jews are constantly fabricating as part of their Jew world order hegemony project.

VeeNarian (Yerevan)

Are these religious evangelical nutjobs hell bent on starting WW3 to bring on Armageddon to start “rapture”? This is the insanity that will lead to human extinction unless it is stopped by sane Americans standing up to the US Evil Empire.

Tommy Jensen

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It was like that actuality from 1990’s till recently.
But now U.S. are not absolute “Super Power” any longer but falling Empire.
They do not dictate “reality” any more.
And their world dominance based on “Petro dollar” has collapsed.
That dominance is now persisting only by intimidation and sanctions supported by military power today.
And even that is directly chalenged by countries like China & Russia

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