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Pompeo offers blistering rebuke of Obama’s foreign policy in Cairo speech: ‘The age of self-inflicted American shame is over’


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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday delivered a speech in Cairo, Egypt, in which he laid out the Trump administration’s roadmap for the Middle East and ripped into former President Barack Obama.
“The age of self-inflicted American shame is over,” Pompeo declared to an audience at the American University in Cairo.
Pompeo’s speech was the antithesis of an address Obama gave in the Egyptian capital in 2009.
His speech came as the Trump administration faces broad criticism over its foreign policy, particularly in relation to the Middle East.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday delivered a speech in Cairo, Egypt, in which he laid out the Trump administration’s roadmap for the Middle East and ripped into former President Barack Obama’s foreign policy.

“The age of self-inflicted American shame is over, and so are the policies that produced so much needless suffering,” Pompeo said to an audience at American University in Cairo. “The United States under President Trump has reasserted its traditional role as a force for good in this region, because we’ve learned from our mistakes.”

Pompeo’s speech was the antithesis of an address Obama gave in the Egyptian capital in 2009, in which the former president pledged to work toward healing the wounds he said were created by the Bush administration’s approach to counterterrorism. At the time, Obama called for “a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world.”

Read more: America’s ‘war on terror’ has cost the US nearly $6 trillion and killed roughly half a million people, and there’s no end in sight

In what was an obvious retort to Obama’s Cairo address, Pompeo on Thursday declared that “now comes the real new beginning.”

‘When America retreats, chaos often follows’

Over the course of his speech, Pompeo accused Obama of breeding chaos in the Middle East by being too soft on extremism. Employing a tactic upon which Obama has often relied when rebuking President Donald Trump, the secretary of state did not mention Obama’s name once.

“It was here, here in this city, another American stood before you,” said Pompeo. “He told you that radical Islamist terrorism does not stem from an ideology. He told you 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.'”

Obama refuses to use the phrase “radical Islamic terrorism,” for which Trump and other Republicans have criticized him.

Read more: Trump inherited Obama’s drone war and he’s significantly expanded it in countries where the US is not technically at war

“The results of these misjudgments were dire,” Pompeo said. “In falsely seeing ourselves as a force for what ails the Middle East, we were timid in asserting ourselves when the times – and our partners – demanded it.”

.@SecPompeo: “The age of self-inflicted American shame is over and so are the policies that produced so much needless suffering.”

Watch complete remarks in Cairo, Egypt here: https://t.co/1Q5Z3bl8dE pic.twitter.com/ucafKRW41P

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Source:: Business Insider

      

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