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Pompeo Echoes Trump: Iran Will Never Have a Nuclear Weapon

That’s fine. Are you ready to back that up?

Iran will also never give up its quest to gain a nuclear weapon. The deal with Barack Obama was a tactic to eventually legitimize its quest, since the deal expires, and provide more time for research, missile development, and so forth. All while cheating.

In the end, it will take the U.S. and Israeli military, or just the U.S. military, to destroy their capability. If the current crisis escalates, and we’ve got war anyway, that will be the time to do it.

The world will not survive long term with either an Iranian or North Korean nuclear capability. Nothing equals these threats. They are existential. Crazy, violent people cannot have nuclear weapons and the missiles with which to deliver them.

According to the Washington Examiner:

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo echoed President Trump’s all-caps tweet this week, saying the United States is committed to preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

“President Trump could not be more clear. On our watch, Iran will not get a nuclear weapon,” Pompeo said during a press briefing Tuesday. “And as we came into office, Iran was on a pathway that had been provided by the nuclear deal, which clearly gave them the opportunity to have those nuclear weapons. We won’t let that happen.”

His message came a day after Trump tweeted, “IRAN WILL NEVER HAVE A NUCLEAR WEAPON!”

Pompeo Says Israeli Settlements are Not Illegal

A totally different attitude than the Obama administration. Were Hillary Clinton elected president, Israel would be under extraordinary pressure over its settlements, as it was during the final days of Barack Obama.

And if a Democrat is elected in 2020, particularly Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders, then whether you are waiting for the Messiah’s first or second coming, you’d better hope it happens soon, because Israel’s security will not be guaranteed.

According to the Washington Post:

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declared Monday that Israeli settlements in the West Bank do not violate international law.

Pompeo said the Trump administration, as it did with recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital and Israel’s sovereignty over the disputed Golan Heights, had simply “recognized the reality on the ground.”

In remarks to reporters at the State Department, he said the administration was overturning actions taken late in the Obama administration, which for the first time declined to veto a United Nations resolution calling for the dismantlement of West Bank settlements.

Instead, Pompeo said, the administration said it was returning to policy under the administration of Ronald Reagan, who declined to characterize settlements as illegal but called them “ill-advised” and an obstacle to peace.

Pompeo, however, said the new decision would “increase the likelihood” of a political settlement between Israel and the Palestinians.

A 1978 legal opinion during the Carter administration said that “civilian settlements in those territories is inconsistent with international law.

Pompeo Suggests He Will Run for President in 2024

Mike Pompeo is one of President Trump’s closest aides. If you’ve noticed from the schedules, the president is constantly having lunch with him or hosting him for a meeting. It would not be surprising if he might eventually be able to wrangle Trump’s endorsement, assuming he can stay on Trump’s good side.

Which is not a beginner’s trick.

According to the Washington Examiner:

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is open to running for president after his boss leaves office, the top U.S. diplomat confirmed. 

“America has given me an awful lot,” Pompeo said Monday in Washington. “And if I thought I could do a good turn, there’s nothing I wouldn’t consider doing for America.” 

Pompeo’s future has become a topic of keen interest for political insiders in recent months. A former House backbencher from Kansas, his tenure in President Trump’s administration — first as CIA director, now as secretary of state — has made him one of the most visible American leaders in the world. 

“The service that I’ve had the chance to do, I’m almost 20 years now in federal service, 18 years of federal service of my time in the Army, in Congress, and now in the executive branch,” he told the Economic Club. “I hope I have left things a little bit better, and I do feel an obligation.”

Well, thank you for your upcoming sacrifice and your willingness to honor us with your potential presence in the Oval Office, sir.

It is so selfless of you to want to be president.

Pompeo Cancels Meeting with Merkel Due to “Pressing Issues”

Well now, that’s bad. You don’t cancel a meeting with someone like Angela Merkel unless some serious schmidt is going to hit the fan, or is at least in danger of doing so.

According to CNN:

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo abruptly canceled a scheduled trip to Germany where he was planning to meet with Chancellor Angela Merkel “due to pressing issues,” the State Department said early Tuesday.

No specific reason was given for the cancellation. The press pool traveling with Pompeo has not been told where they are going next, and have been warned they may not be able to report from the country they are going to until after they leave.

“Unfortunately, we must reschedule the Berlin meetings due to pressing issues. We look forward to rescheduling this important set of meetings. The Secretary looks forward to being in Berlin soon,” State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said, according to the press pool traveling with Pompeo.

He’s probably headed to Iraq. But either way, we are in danger of war now with either Iran or Venezuela. We’re squeezing the Iranians hard, so we shouldn’t be surprised if they strike.

I hope that White House has thought through the end game here, because if we’re seeking regime change, the regime is not going to change without a major fight.

Bad Idea Developing: Trump Administration Vows Military Action to Help Guaido

So this Venezuela thing is starting to move toward a point of no return as President Trump’s own advisors seek to box him in and force military action in Venezuela.

Both Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Advisor John Bolton made statements Wednesday that put U.S. credibility on the line, saying military force would be used if necessary. They both went beyond the “all options are on the table” formulation they previously have been using.

According to the Washington Post:

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that a peaceful resolution was still desired but that “military action is possible. If that’s what’s required, that’s what the United States will do,” he told Fox Business Network.

Asked if the U.S. military would be used to protect Guaidó, White House national security adviser John Bolton told MSNBC that President Trump “has been clear and concise on this point: All options are open. We want a peaceful transfer of power. But we are not going to see Guaidó mistreated by this regime.”

This is what’s known in technical, foreign policy language as a BAD IDEA. Venezuela is a problem, but the U.S. military is already over-extended with obligations and the need to be ready to face true enemies like Russia, China, Iran, North Korea, and various Islamists. WE HAVE TO CHOOSE OUR FIGHTS. Great nations of the past have fallen when they tried to do too much.

The military, and Trump, are unconvinced they we need to send in troops. But they are being dragged into a conflict, and Trump needs to rein in Pompeo and Bolton if he doesn’t want to invade Venezuela.

Top Pentagon officials emphasized nonmilitary options and said they had not been given orders to pre-position troops or prepare for conflict. “We’re obviously watching the situation very closely in Venezuela. The president’s made it clear that all options are on the table,” Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in congressional testimony. “To date, most of our actions have been diplomatic and economic.”

Trump has shown little willingness to plunge into Venezuela, according to current and former aides, although he has already imposed sanctions on Cuba — which the administration has accused of controlling the Venezuelan military — and threatened more. Russia, the White House said in a statement late Wednesday, “must leave” Venezuela “and renounce their support of the Maduro regime.”

The president has occasionally mused to others that Bolton wants to get him into wars. Two advisers who have discussed Venezuela with him said Trump often brings up Florida politics, and his golf club in Doral, when talking about the subject. Both said Trump was unlikely to authorize any sort of long-term military action there.

At the same time, however, aides said he has given Bolton wide purview over Venezuela.

As he has pushed for a more aggressive policy, Bolton has angered some within and outside the White House. Even before Tuesday’s events, his staff clashed with Gen. Paul Selva, Dunford’s vice chairman, during a meeting to address the ongoing Venezuelan crisis, according to several officials with knowledge of the exchange.

Trump has to make some decisions. Once we get into Venezuela, the extent to which we will have to escalate is completely unpredictable. China and Russia will be all too happy to bog us down there.

The situation is tragic, but we cannot save everyone. The Venezuelans chose the people who now oppress them. Socialism has repeatedly been shown to lead to tragedy, despite what some leading Democratic presidential hopefuls are telling you.

Of course, still, the Venezuelans don’t deserve this fate. But we, and our brave young men and women, don’t deserve to be pulled into it either.

Video || Pompeo Warns Caravan Participants They Will Not Enter the U.S.

From remarks Tuesday at the State Department:

To those who want to come here: Come here legally. Legal immigration is the surest way to obtain the better life you are looking for here in the United States of America.

From a security standpoint, there is no proper accounting of who these individuals in the caravan are, and this poses an unacceptable security risk to the United States. Moreover, many of these people are ripe targets for human traffickers and others who would exploit them. We don’t want that to happen.

I’ve spoken twice in the last two days to my counterpart, Foreign Secretary Videgaray. We trust that Mexico’s leaders know what the best steps are to resolve this situation, and we urge timely action on their part. The United States also has a message for those who are currently part of this caravan or any caravan which follows: You will not be successful at getting into the United States illegally, no matter what. I repeat: The caravan will not cross our southern border illegally under any circumstances.

Pompeo Blasts Kerry’s “Unseemly” Undermining of Trump’s Foreign Policy

What happened to all the talk about the Logan Act, now that Democrats are conducting foreign policy as private citizens?

From the Logan Act:

Any citizen of the United States, wherever he may be, who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof, with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government or of any officer or agent thereof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.

Trump officials were threatened with the act, which is never enforced, for actions taken after the election but before the inauguration. But they were the incoming administration. It would be foolish of them not to have some contact with foreign leaders. Kerry is the administration that just left power. There’s a big difference. Evidently, he thinks he is still secretary of state.

Kerry admits he’s been engaging in chats with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif in which Kerry appears to be trying to extract good behavior from the Iranians in order to mitigate the case for President Trump’s moves to scuttle the Iran nuclear deal. Other countries that are party to the deal so far have not gone along with Trump.

Kerry admitted in an interview this week that he is conducting foreign policy:

What I have done is tried to elicit from him what Iran might be willing to do in order to change the dynamic in the Middle East for the better. You know, how does one resolve Yemen? What do you do to try to get peace in Syria? I mean, those are the things that really are preoccupying, because those are the impediments to people, to Iran’s ability to convince people that it’s ready to embrace something different. I mean, and I’ve been very blunt to Foreign Minister Zarif, and told him look, you guys need to recognize that the world does not appreciate what’s happening with missiles, what’s happening with Hezbollah, what’s happening with Yemen. You’re supporting you know, an ongoing struggle there They say they’re prepared to negotiate and to resolve these issues.

The actual secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, Friday blasted Kerry for playing dress up:

“It’s inconsistent with what the foreign policy of the United States is, as directed by this president, and it’s beyond inappropriate,” Pompeo said during an appearance at the State Department. “I’ll leave the legal determinations to others, but what Secretary Kerry has done is unseemly and unprecedented.”

IAEA Report: North Korea Engaged in “Further Development” Of Nuclear Program

In a newly released report, the International Atomic Energy Agency states that North Korea is continuing and expanding its nuclear program even as President Trump maintains that his outreach to Pyongyang is a success. From the report, which uses the term DPRK for Democratic Peoples’ Republic of Korea, the formal name of North Korea: The… Continue Reading

Tillerson Out as Secretary of State; Trump to Nominate Pompeo

President Trump has ousted Secretary of State Tillerson, saying Tuesday that he will replace him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo. Gina Haspel, a longtime CIA official and currently the deputy director, will be nominated to become CIA director. She would be the first woman to do so. Both Pompeo and Haspel must be confirmed by Congress. Trump… Continue Reading