Pompeo strikes the Middle East policy of Obama in the speech in Cairo, trying to calm fears about the withdrawal of Syria
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered Thursday a devastating punishment of the Obama Administration's Mideast policy, accusing the former president of & # 39; misguided & # 39; and & # 39; wishful & # 39; think that the role of America in the region has diminished, damaged his old friends and encouraged his main enemy: I ran.
In a speech to the American university in Cairo, Pompeo launched President Donald Trump's predecessor and said he was naïve and timid when confronted with the challenges of the revolts that hit the Middle East, including Egypt, in 2011.
Pompeo particularly blamed a vision outlined by President Barack Obama in a speech he had made in Cairo in 2009, in which he spoke about & # 39; a new beginning & # 39; for American relations with countries in the Arab and Islamic world.
& # 39; Remember: it was here, here in this city, another American stood before you, & # 39; Pompeo told an invited audience of Egyptian officials, foreign diplomats and students. "He has told you that radical Islamist terrorism does not stem from ideology. He told you that 9/11 prompted my country to give up its ideals, especially in the Middle East. He told you that the United States and the Muslim world needed "a new beginning". The results of these wrong assessments were terrible. & # 39;
& # 39; By mistakenly seeing ourselves as a force for what is harming the Middle East, we were shy about defending ourselves when times – and our partners – demanded it, & # 39; said Pompeo, without mentioning the former president by name.
Pompeo's speech came on the third stage of a nine-nation trip to the Middle East aimed at reassuring America's Arab partners that the Trump government is not running away from the region, amid confusion and concern about plans for US forces to withdraw from Syria.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke Thursday with students from the American university in Cairo, destroying Barack Obama's approach to the Middle East
The attacks of 11 September 2001 and the continuing efforts of these extremists to participate in violence against civilians have caused some in my country to view Islam as inevitably hostile, not only for America and Western countries, but also for for human rights & # 39 ;, Obama complained. in June 2009, saying that & # 39; this has grown more fear and mistrust & # 39;
Former Obama officials rejected Pompeo's claims as small, political and weak. They said the speech went to authoritarian leaders and ignored violations of rights that Obama had called.
"That this government feels the need, almost ten years later, to make bulletproof in an effort to find a common base between the Arab world and the West, is not just about the pettyness of the Trump government. but also about the lack of a strategic vision for America's role in the region and the abdication of America's values, "National Security Action Group, a group of former officials," said in a statement.
Rob Malley, Obama & # 39; s director of the National Security Council for the Middle East, is now with the International Crisis Group, said that hearing Pompeo's speech was like & # 39; as listening to someone from a parallel universe & # 39; in which the shortcomings of the region were ignored.
& # 39; In that parallel universe, the Arab audience will probably receive it enthusiastically, & # 39; he said. Back on the planet they will see it as it is: a complacent, delusional of the Middle East policy of the Trump government. & # 39;
Pompeo met Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi in Cairo, assuring him that the United States is not about to leave the region, despite the public recognition that the Trump government has plans to move US troops from Syria. pick up.
Pompeo accused the former Middle East government's approach to the ills it now consumes, in particular the rise of the Islamic State Group in Iraq and Syria and the increasing assertiveness of Iran, which he said was a direct consequence of sanction losses, because the Trump was withdrawn administration, granted to it under the 2015 nuclear deal.
He said that Obama ignored the growth of the Iran-backed Hezbollah movement in Lebanon at the expense of Israel's security and did not do enough to push back Iran-backed rebels in Yemen.
However, since the Trump election, Pompeo claimed that all of this was changing.
"The good news is this: the age of American shame caused by our own actions is over and so are the policies that caused so much needless suffering," he said. & # 39; Now the real & # 39; new beginning & # 39 ;. In just 24 months, actually less than two years, the United States under President Trump has confirmed its traditional role as a force for good in this region because we have learned from our mistakes. & # 39;
Pompeo and his wife Susan (right) were one day in Cairo, part of a 9-day swing through the region
In the speech "A Force for Good: America's Reinvigorated Role in the Middle East," Pompeo praised the actions of the Trump government throughout the region by connecting with traditional, albeit authoritarian , friendly governments, the Islamic State Group in Iraq and Syria and the imposition of heavy new sanctions on Iran.
President Trump reversed our deliberate blindness to the regime's danger and withdrawn from the failed nuclear deal, with its false promises, & # 39; said Pompeo.
Since the country withdrew from the nuclear deal last year, the government has steadily increased pressure on Tehran and routinely accuses the country of the most destabilizing influence in the region. It has vowed to step up pressure until Iran stops what US officials throughout the Middle East and elsewhere describe as "malicious activities", including support for rebels in Yemen, anti-Israeli groups and the Syrian President Bashar Assad.
The nations of the Middle East will never enjoy security, achieve economic stability or promote the dreams of their peoples if the revolutionary regime of Iran persists in its current course, & # 39; said Pompeo.