Yooo! What Was That All About?🤨

Conclusion on the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s Affront

Interculturalisticman
5 min readJan 11, 2019

What would your proud family think of you if you were to go over to the next door neighbor’s house and talk recklessly about a certain prominent member of your stock? What would possess you to do such an irreverent and inglorious act? What kind of motives or what sort of ill-will would prompt you to discredit them in such an open and disparaging way? Think about that for a minute. Who does that?

Evidently, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo did just that in Cairo on Thursday. He made his speech to an audience of Egyptian officials, foreign diplomats and students at American University, where he mentioned this.

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 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 “a new beginning.” The results of these misjudgments have been dire. In falsely seeing ourselves as a force for what ails the Middle East, we were timid about asserting ourselves when the times — and our partners — demanded it.

That other American that stood before them previously was President Barack Obama who delivered a speech on June 4, 2009. In it Mr. Obama did not make such crass statements. In fact, Obama made candid statements regarding the tensions at that time that culminated into 9/11 having risen to a discordant crescendo in the relationship between Islam and the West. Obama wanted to redefine a relationship that has always been defined by differences and begin anew “based upon mutual interest and mutual respect; and one based upon the truth that America and Islam are not exclusive, and need not be in competition. Instead, they overlap, and share common principles — principles of justice and progress; tolerance and the dignity of all human beings.”

This assertion that Mr. Pompeo, and his boss would like to accomplish instead is the antithesis of that. What the Trump administration would like to propound and impose is a return to what led to those irascible tensions of distrust and intolerance. A return to something unnecessary that Mr. Obama made clear…

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