Pompeo’s Own Caterwauling and Media-Pile-On
The American Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo is not known as a very subtle would-be statesman, let alone a cautious man, when it comes to creating the noose to politically hang himself and his allies in their support for the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia. Shall we say he has his own brand of “caterwauling”, except his howls and political screaking are made ironically with Washingtonian language that sounds pragmatic and tough to his political adversaries, but in the end is void of clarity and cool assessments, when it comes to implanting a foreign policy in general. One could almost say that Pompeo likes to pose as a benign mafia boss from a Hollywood movie, that he perceives the majority Americans love to see at the movie houses and on their television screens as they stuff themselves endlessly with fast foods and cheap beer. Pompeo, with his own version of media-pile-on, wrote in his Op-Ed article for The Wall Street Journal — his words having more of a New England Puritan self-righteous reflection on a continued course in support of the Saudi Monarchy and its not so subtle killers who run the country:
The kingdom is a powerful force for stability in the Middle East. Saudi Arabia is working to secure Iraq’s fragile democracy and keep Baghdad tethered to the West’s interests, not Tehran’s. Riyadh is helping manage the flood of refugees fleeing Syria’s civil war by working with host countries, cooperating closely with Egypt, and establishing stronger ties with Israel. Saudi Arabia has also contributed millions of dollars to the U.S.-led effort to fight Islamic State and other terrorist organizations. Saudi oil production and economic stability are keys to regional prosperity and global energy security.[i]
Those who study the world events’ across the globe, especially in the Middle East, know that the leadership of Saudi Arabia has not made concrete efforts to work for a stable peace with the leadership of Syria. It is also known that they are loath to have diplomatic meetings with the Iranian leadership on the question of ultimate influence on the Syrian Question regarding not only regional political cooperation, but putting an end to the rivalry between them on the modern fate of the Middle East in general.
When Pompeo talks about how Saudi Arabia “contributed millions of dollars to the U.S.-led effort to fight Islamic State”, he fails to mention that it is also about the ‘Kingdom’ purchasing millions of dollars of United States’ military hardware which maintains the well-being of the United States military complex, which could care less for instance that “56,000 people have been killed in Yemen since early 2016. The number is increasing by more than 2,000 per month as fighting intensifies around the Red Sea port of Hodeidah. It does not include those dying of malnutrition, or diseases such as cholera.”[ii], according to the Yemen for the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED). Saudi Araba has not contributed to regional stability in the Middle East nor in Southwest Asia at the southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula between Oman and Saudi Arabia, where Yemen is going through an unprecedented war not seen since the wars in Indo-China, particularly the Vietnam War during the twentieth century. Yemen, which is situated at the entrance to the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait, which links the Red Sea to the Indian Ocean (via the Gulf of Aden) is one of the most active and strategic locations, and the country or nation-state who controls that area of the world controls Southeast Asia. Pompeo thinking like a would-be Roman Consul, plays his crude chess gamete to spread American hegemony by accessing that one needs only to kiss the robe of a Saudi prince or two. American knight takes King, or so he thinks.
Pompeo, then went on further to deliver a few words of ‘humanitarian’ offerings by saying “The Trump administration has taken many steps to mitigate Yemen’s suffering from war, disease and famine. We have exerted effort to improve Saudi targeting to minimize civilian casualties, and we have galvanized humanitarian assistance through our own generous example.”[iii] But the Secretary of State did not give concrete examples of how the Washington establishment and his President are alleviating the suffering of Yemeni peoples, nor did he chose to diplomatically apologize for the deaths of Yemini children who have been killed by irresponsible Saudi pilots with the missiles that the Trump regime has sold with rapture to the Crown Prince and his generals who run the war in Yemen. Had T.E. Lawrence been alive today, he would have laughed at Pompeo as being like one of those manipulative advisers who helped to create the Sykes–Picot Agreement which brought about the illusion of a defined mutually agreed spheres of influence between Western powers and control in Southwestern Asia. We now know where such ‘spheres of influence’ lead to… the opening of the gates to war.