Yesterday, January 10th, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered a speech to the American University in Cairo, Egypt.
The address was particularly notable because it included a scathing rebuke of the Mideast policies under Barack Obama. Pompeo accused the former president of being naive and timid when it came to America’s role in the region.
Pompeo stated about Obama: “He told you that radical Islamist terrorism does not stem from 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.’ The results of these misjudgments have been dire.”
The Secretary of State said that since Trump’s election, all of that is beginning to change. “The good news is this,” he said: “The age of self-inflicted American shame is over, and so are the policies that produced so much needless suffering.”
Food For Thought
Was Pompeo right to denounce Barack Obama’s foreign policy in his Cairo speech? What role should the U.S. play in the region?