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Cairo - Pompeo Delivers Blistering Critique Of Obama's Middle East Policies

Published on: January 10, 2019 10:54 AM
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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, meets with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019. Pompeo is in Cairo for talks with Egyptian leaders as he continues a nine-nation Middle East tour aimed at reassuring America's Arab partners that the Trump administration is not walking away from the region. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Pool Photo via AP)U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, meets with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019. Pompeo is in Cairo for talks with Egyptian leaders as he continues a nine-nation Middle East tour aimed at reassuring America's Arab partners that the Trump administration is not walking away from the region. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Pool Photo via AP)

Cairo - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused Barack Obama on Thursday of sowing chaos in the Middle East by failing to adequately confront Islamist militants in a blistering critique of the policies of President Donald Trump’s predecessor.

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Speaking in Cairo, the site of a major speech Obama gave in 2009 in the first year of his presidency, Republican Trump’s chief diplomat took on Obama by arguing that the Democratic former president had in effect misread and abandoned the Middle East.

The comments raised eyebrows in the United States and abroad not the least because Trump himself is being criticized for his ambiguous plan announced last month to pull U.S. troops out of Syria. While that decision’s timing is unclear, it is widely seen as abandoning the region and favoring U.S. rivals Russia and Iran.

“When America retreats, chaos follows,” Pompeo said in a speech at the American University in Cairo in which he did not mention Obama by name but referred to him as “another American” who gave a speech in the capital of the Arab world’s most populous nation.

Pompeo is touring the region to explain U.S. strategy after Trump’s surprise announcement of an abrupt withdrawal of all 2,000 U.S. troops from Syria, which rattled allies and shocked top U.S. officials, prompting U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to resign.

Describing the United States as a “force for good” in the Middle East, Pompeo sought to reassure allies that it remained committed to the “complete dismantling” of the threat posed by the Islamic State militant group despite Trump’s decision to withdraw troops from Syria.



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