Mike Pompeo’s reign at the State Department has been controversial and disorganized like the rest of his 32-month term, but it is unclear what marks will remain after he leaves.
Pompeo’s last days have been captured by a self-congratulatory tweet at the rate of two dozen a day, as he seeks to write his first draft of history.
The former Kansas Congress, with clear ambitions for a presidency in 2024, has accused its claims of success by consistently derogatory references to previous administrations, which are portrayed as hapless appellants.
Some tweets were factually incorrect, for example, blaming Barack Obama for an arms control treaty signed by Ronald Reagan.
Other claims are contradictory, such as his insistence that the US reinstate detention against Iran, with its charge that Tehran is more of a threat than ever. On Tuesday, he called Iran a “new Afghanistan”, alleging – without evidence – that it had become the center of al-Qaeda’s operations.
While Pompeo points out that Iran’s economy has been successfully decimated by sanctions, reserves of less-enriched uranium are now 12 times greater than the time when Pompeo assumed the office of US Secretary of State in 2018.
The real economic pressure imposed on Tehran is increased US sanctions or at least failed to stop the activities that were to reverse the policy, it is a matter of making an impact without giving a favorable result, “Nissan Rafati , Senior military analyst International Crisis Group said.
Similarly, Pompeo argues that Donald Trump’s summit with Kim Jong-un led to nuclear war and long-range missile testing. But he does not mention that Kim has announced the end of that moratorium, and that he now has a much larger arsenal than when he started meeting Trump.
The pictures that Pompeo portrayed in Trump’s America are in sharp contrast to recent events. Trump, provoked by a mob under an unprecedented violent attack after two days by Congress, by Pompeo blithely tweeted: “Being the largest country on earth is not about our incredible economy and our strong military; It is about the values that we offer to the world. “
He boasted more than any other to form an alliance in the days before he acquired the US alliance “to cancel his swansong trip to Europe” to his State Department team because his counterparts did not want to see him .
Luxembourg’s foreign minister indicated that he would not be available to meet America’s top diplomat, and described Trump’s behavior as “criminal”. The Belgian Foreign Minister, Sophie Wilmeis, who was also to visit Pompeo, Clarified on twitter His government was counting on Joe Biden to restore American unity and stability.
“It is not unexpected for an American secretary at any time, especially at the end of his term, at the end of his term,” said Brett Brune, director of Global Engagement at Obama House. said. “It just goes to show how far he has pushed himself.”
In the lap of his victory, Pompeo – known for being thin-skinned – has restricted his media interviews to praise the host of conservative talks and not pose questions after his speeches.
On Monday at the headquarters of the state-funded Voice of America (VOA) station, he incited his journalists to be insufficiently patriotic, even “to degrade America.” He told them to “broadcast that it is the largest nation in the world so far”.
When a VOA journalist, Patsy Widakuswara, tried to ask him questions after his address, he went away ignoring them. Several hours later Vadakusuvara was removed from other duties to cover the White House.
Michael Pack, founded by Trump and Pompio as head of the US agency for global media, oversees VOA and other federated federated broadcasters, trying to complicate his position by making it difficult for the incoming administration. The statutory independence of the agency for its benefit by rotating it. But it is unclear whether the pack will succeed, with both Democrats and Republicans splitting up in Congress with the purification of their journalism and managerial staff.
“I don’t think the new administration is having much difficulty helping him get out,” Bruen said.
There are other ways in which Pompeo has sought to put a final, dramatic vehicle at the wheel of US foreign policy, making it difficult for the next administration to change course.
Within its final 10 days, Pompeo has designated the Houthi military in Yemen and Cuba as a terrorist group and a state sponsor of terrorism, although neither poses a direct threat to the US.
The Houthi designation, which warns aid agencies that widespread deaths could occur in Yemen by complicating humanitarian aid distribution, was created without consulting lawmen or their staff.
In a Foreign Ministry briefing call, an employee told a State Department official, “You have to stop lying in Congress.”
A senior Democratic congressional staffer said, “Like so many other briefings that we’ve done to this administration, they send these poor people to defend these ridiculous policies, and they can’t do that . “
While at the State Department, Pompeo has spent the most energy on trying to nail the coffin of major world powers in a nuclear deal signed with Iran in 2015, and from which Trump withdrew in 2018.
That effort has so far been unsuccessful. Iran has stopped following some agreed constraints on its nuclear activities in response to waves of US sanctions, but has indicated that it is ready to re-enter into agreements with the new administration.
Sanctions and terrorist designations are intended to impose political costs on the Biden team in an attempt to return to the pre-Trump position, based on the notion that it would be unpopular to reward America’s advisers, but it is unclear what work. Will it or not.
Democratic staff said, “What he is doing is creating days of hard news for the next administration, but it is manageable.” “The damage that Trump and Pompeo have done is through executive actions, so it can be reversed through executive action.”