Pom­peo slams Obama poli­cies

Weekend Herald - - World -

US Sec­re­tary of State Mike Pom­peo has de­liv­ered a scathing re­buke of the Obama Ad­min­is­tra­tion’s Mideast poli­cies, ac­cus­ing the for­mer Pres­i­dent of “mis­guided” think­ing that di­min­ished the United States’ role in the re­gion while harm­ing its long­time friends and em­bold­en­ing Iran. In a speech to the Amer­i­can Univer­sity in Cairo, Pom­peo un­loaded on Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s pre­de­ces­sor, say­ing he was naive and timid when con­fronted with chal­lenges posed by the re­volts that con­vulsed the Mid­dle East, in­clud­ing Egypt, be­gin­ning in 2011. Pom­peo de­nounced the vi­sion out­lined by Pres­i­dent Barack Obama in a speech he gave in Cairo in 2009 in which he spoke of “a new be­gin­ning” for US re­la­tions with coun­tries in the Arab and Mus­lim world.Pom­peo did not men­tion Obama by name but the re­marks still struck lis­ten­ers in the US as un­usu­ally par­ti­san. “It’s a speech shock­ing for its use of do­mes­tic pol­i­tics, for kind of at­tack­ing a prior pres­i­dent in an in­ter­na­tional set­ting and for go­ing to a long-time ally and ques­tion­ing some of the foun­da­tions of the re­la­tion­ship with the ally,” said Heather Hurl­burt, an an­a­lyst with the New Amer­ica, a non­par­ti­san think­tank. “Those are all things that sec­re­taries of state don’t nor­mally do but seem to be be­com­ing stan­dard prac­tice with Pom­peo.”

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