Pompeo practically laughs at idea Iran terror general was slain on 'peace mission'
t barely passed the laugh test.
A murky story that Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani ‚Äď a man who devoted his life to spreading slaughter ‚Äď was killed while pursuing a peace mission drew mockery Tuesday from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Speaking at a news conference, Pompeo fielded a question on the topic with barely concealed contempt.
"Anybody here believe that?" Pompeo asked reporters. "We know that wasn't true."
An important Constitutional role of Congress is to oversee the Executive Branch. Grant you that, Jim. But the President has just been unjustly charged by the House with crimes he did not commit and frankly sees too many there as traitors with whom highly classified matters cannot be trusted. Many of them cannot figure out their assigned roles within the House but instead are forwarding their own vendetta against the American voting populace and the Republic which has stood since 1789. ANYTHING they can say to tarnish the President will be said, true or untrue.
Nancy Pelosi wrote: ‚ÄúWe must avoid war, And the cavalier attitude of this administration, it's stunning. The president will say, ‚ÄėI inform you by reading my tweets.‚Äô No, that's not the relationship that our founders had in mind in the constitution of the United States when they gave power to the White House to do one thing in terms of our national security and to the Congress to declare war and to allocate resources and the rest.‚ÄĚ
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Perhaps Secretary Pompeo feels that the notion is so ridiculous that it caused such a natural reaction? World Magazine posted an interview with an expert who really questioned Soleimani's presence in Baghdad as something out of the ordinary. One doesn't send a top intelligence official into an unsafe situation. I might add that no one sends an assassin as a messenger of peace. Pompeo says this is ridiculous in his response.
Pompeo in this instance doesn't strike me as being very diplomatic?
https://tinyurl.com/yfulb3uv (American diplomacy is crumbling under Trump, top diplomats warn) from which,
Dave Lawler wrote: .... What they‚Äôre saying: Bill Burns, president of the Carnegie Endowment and a revered former diplomat, writes in Foreign Affairs this week [ https://tinyurl.com/yea22dt7 ] that he has ‚Äúnever seen an attack on diplomacy as damaging ‚Ä¶ as the one now underway.‚ÄĚ
Trump‚Äôs actions, Burns argues, ‚Äúdistort diplomatic practice and decapitate the American interest.‚ÄĚ Pompeo, he writes, is ‚Äúderelict in his duty.‚ÄĚ
Burns notes that there are virtually no career diplomats in the State Department's top roles, while one-fifth of ambassadorships are vacant. Applications to join the foreign service have also fallen sharply....