Antony Blinken demolishes Mike Pompeo’s twisted human rights approach

American foreign policy is once again guided by our national interests and shared values, rather than the ambitions of a pol catering to domestic right-wing evangelical extremists.


Daily Beast: The beat-down that Secretary of State Antony Blinken delivered this week to his predecessor Mike Pompeo was so severe that it might have to be included in next year’s State Department Human Rights report.

As it happens, Blinken’s explicit and implicit critique of his predecessor came in conjunction with the release of this year’s edition of the State Department rundown of human rights abuses worldwide.

The report itself was largely compiled by the State Department in the last days of Pompeo’s tenure. But adjustments made by the Blinken team, the way Joe Biden’s secretary of state framed the actions and attitudes of Pompeo, and key steps taken to undo some of the damage done by Donald Trump’s chief diplomat were brutal in their directness.

As it happens they were also warranted, delivered in a way that made it absolutely clear that American foreign policy was once again going to be guided by our national interests and shared values and not by the political ambitions of Pompeo or the extreme views of the right-wing evangelical faction to which he catered.

  • The Trump administration’s gross mishandling of issues associated with human rights both at home and abroad has become one of the worst stains on its record.
  • At home, it systematically attacked freedom of speech and of the press and undermined the right to assemble and protest, as well as the right to vote and the right to equal protection under the law.
  • There were numerous calls for Trump to be brought before the International Criminal Court to answer for human rights abuses against immigrants at our border.
  • And of course, by the time Trump left office he had actually launched an all-out assault on democracy itself, the right of a people to self-determination that had been the reason the United States was founded in the first place.  read more…


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  1. “American foreign policy was once again going to be guided by “”our national interests”” and (our) “”shared values”” and not by the political ambitions of Pompeo or the extreme views of the right-wing evangelical faction to which he catered.
    Ok, this was sticking out like a sore thumb;
    “our” is not qualified, and neither is “shared” or nor “values.”
    So it really left a lot to interpretation.
    I interpret it that Israel’s national interests and Israel’s values are even more firmly ensconced in the driver’s seat than ever.

  2. Most Trumpsters will never acknowledge that Trump and Christian Zionist Pompeo brought us the closest to outright war with Iran and Russia that we’ve ever been. Trump first killed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, then he murdered General Soleimani. This was all to appease Sheldon Adelson who had thrown “30 pieces of silver” at Trump in 2016. This was also to appease his Christian Zionist base who had a collective hard-on for Armageddon. He was their ticket to the Rapture so of course he “won” the election, no matter how many votes he actually got. Much of Blinken’s challenge has been to clean up the mess that Pompeo made.

  3. I can’t help but think that every Israeli resident who sees some ambitious American politician come to the Wailing Wall, adorned in a yarmulke, is humorously and not so secretly musing to themselves, “here’s another compromised US politician we own, come to kiss our asses for approval”. It is the most hideous example of virtue-signaling!

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