8 Reasons Having Pompeo as Secretary of State Is Worrisome

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was surprised to find himself fired via Tweet Tuesday morning. Although he’s hardly anyone’s favorite secretary, I dare say people are going to miss him once they experience President Donald Trump’s choice for a replacement, Mike Pompeo.

Currently serving as the head of the CIA, Pompeo will almost certainly be confirmed thanks to the Republican majority in the Senate. Here are several reasons why we should hope that the GOP decides not to support this nomination:

1. HAWKISH

While the secretary of state is typically considered more of a peacemaker, Pompeo’s instincts are to be more aggressive and threaten military consequences, an attitude that’s likely to be tested quickly given current relations with North Korea and Iran. We could find ourselves hurtling toward violent conflict unnecessarily.

2. SIMPATICO WITH TRUMP

All of the accounts coming out about Pompeo so far are that he pretty much agrees with Trump on most of his policies, which admittedly is a vast departure from Tillerson. On the one hand, it’s probably a good idea to have a partnership where the secretary of state and president see eye to eye. On the other hand, given who the president is, we’d probably be better off having someone there to counter his worst impulses.

3. LYING ABOUT RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE

Just how good of a friend is Pompeo to Trump? Well, he stretched the truth a good deal when he told the press that the intelligence community had concluded that Russian meddling didn’t impact the election result. In fact, U.S. intelligence agencies made no such conclusion, and the director of the CIA willfully misrepresented the situation to make Trump look better.

4. KOCH CONNECTION

Beyond his loyalty to Trump, his previous connection to mega-billionaires the Koch Brothers may be nearly as disturbing. Altogether, Koch Industries have donated over a million dollars to Pompeo, making him the single largest beneficiary of Koch money ever. It’s an investment that’s come with perks for the Kochs. Pompeo has promoted several bills that would help their companies and bottom lines.

5. TEA PARTY PAST

Pompeo entered the political sphere when he ran for Congress as a member of the Tea Party. The Tea Party. That Pompeo didn’t think conservatives were conservative enough for his taste should alarm everyone who falls anywhere on the political spectrum from center-right to far left.

6. ISLAMOPHOBIA

Pompeo once suggested peaceful Muslims are “complicit” in terrorism and on another occasion told a church congregation that Muslims “abhor Christians” but it was important to spread the word of Christ to Muslims anyway since Christianity is “truly the only solution for our world.”

Granted, you’ve heard even worse things said about Muslims, and the problem therein is that Pompeo is friends with some of the most prominent people to say those things, like Frank Gaffney who says all Muslims are engaged in “stealth Jihad” and Brigitte Gabriel, leader of ACT for America, the largest anti-Muslim group in the country.

It goes without saying that the secretary of state is expected to be diplomatic with Islamic countries. That may not go well with someone who already views them as enemies.

7. BENGHAZI!

Back when Republicans were desperately trying to make Benghazi more of a partisan scandal than the evidence ever suggested, Pompeo was one of the loudest voices in this crusade. He even pushed some bogus conspiracy theories to try to tie Hillary Clinton. As Dana Shell Smith, the former ambassador to Qatar, expressed, it’s not a good look for the secretary of state to have “politiciz[ed] a real national tragedy.”

8. CLIMATE CHANGE

It’s hard to imagine how a former Exxon-Mobil CEO could have better views on climate change than the incoming secretary of state, but sadly, that is most definitely the case. In addition to disliking the Paris Agreement from the start, Pompeo has peddled some bad science on climate change and refused to answer questions on that subject when being named to lead the CIA.

It’s even more important for the secretary of state to have a firm understanding (not just general belief) in climate change considering that it’s a geopolitical threat that leaves other nations in peril.

Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore

39 comments

Marie W
Marie W6 months ago

Thank you for posting

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Margaret Goodman
Margaret Goodman12 months ago

David F. writes about Trump’s landslide victory. What landslide victory? Trump lost the popular vote by 3 million votes. And his electoral college win was no land slide either.

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Bill Eagle
Bill Eagleabout a year ago

Almost all of Trump's appointments are worrisome. Why should this one be any different?

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Mary F
Mary Frances Babout a year ago

Noted

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Marty P
Marty Pabout a year ago

Pompeo...What Mafia Family Is He From?

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John B
John Babout a year ago

Thanks Kevin for sharing the info. The ninth reason: He's an idiot.

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David F
David Fabout a year ago

In order to strip the 90% Fake News Spin, here is the vice Presidents quote:
"Irrespective of efforts that were made in 2016 by foreign powers, it is the universal conclusion of our intelligence communities that none of those efforts had any impact on the outcome of the 2016 election," Pence said at an event in downtown Washington on Wednesday.

"It doesn't mean that there weren’t efforts, and we do know there were - there were efforts by Russia and likely by other countries," Pence said, adding "We take that very seriously."

One has to be seriously Fake News gullible and stupid to believe for a second that President Trumps landslide victory was because of the Russians.

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Lesa D
Past Member about a year ago

thank you Kevin...

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Julie D
Julie Dabout a year ago

Another POS appointed that has no business being in charge of the office they are to hold. As it is with ALL the appointees in the Trump administration. beginning with Trump himself and working it's way down through every rank. I'm sick to death of all of it, and all of them, collectively they along with the party of the complicit and enabling GOP are destroying everything about our country that makes it great. It will take many years to repair the damage they have already done and all they are going to do between now and the time we are able to regain our power and our sanity.

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Winn A
Winn Adamsabout a year ago

Only 8 reason, seriously?

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