The first news I saw this morning was that Tillerson had been fired, which anybody with half a brain predicted months ago. Now, Tillerson was highly unqualified for the job of Secretary of State, as I wrote in May 2017. However, in defense of Mr. Tillerson, he was trying to learn his job, was trying, I think, to do the right thing. Or perhaps I am only in his corner because he had the nerve to call Donald Trump a moron last October.
At any rate, Tillerson is out and in his place comes Mike Pompeo, who until today was the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Now, I know that hearing me say what I’m about to say is getting old and you’re tired of hearing it, but hey … I’m not the one who keeps finding these people. Mike Pompeo is highly unqualified to be in the position of Secretary of State. Surprised, aren’t you? Let’s take a brief look at ol’ Mikey …
He graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering from West Point in 1986, and with a JD from Harvard Law School in 1994. And what has he done since then? He was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 2011 until Trump tapped him for the CIA position almost immediately after the 2016 election. His political views make him a perfect fit for the Trump ‘team’, for he leans far to the right and is or was a member of the “Tea Party” movement. Let’s take a closer look … you may want to make sure you have an antacid close by …
On climate change and protecting the environment:
“There are scientists who think lots of different things about climate change. There’s some who think we’re warming, there’s some who think we’re cooling, there’s some who think that the last 16 years have shown a pretty stable climate environment.” (Seriously? It seems that I recall reading that 97% of climate scientists agree that climate-warming trends over the past century are extremely likely due to human activities.)
“Federal policy should be about the American family, not worshipping a radical environmental agenda.” (Just how long do you think the American family will continue to exist if we don’t protect our home, the planet Earth, Mr. P?)
He also opposes the regulation of Greenhouse gas emissions by the United States, and supports eliminating the United States federal register of greenhouse gas emissions. Are you beginning to understand why Trump picked him?
He has called for the permanent elimination of wind power production tax credits, calling them an “enormous government handout”.
Pompeo is a member of Americans for Prosperity (AFP), the conservative political advocacy group funded by the Koch brothers. Their agenda, naturally, is to place as many far-right candidates in key Congressional positions as possible. To that tune, during the 2014 election season, the Koch brothers, David and Charles, contributed nearly a half-million dollars to Pompeo’s campaign. He signed the AFP’s “No Climate Tax” pledge …And the AFP isn’t his only connection to the infamous Kochs. In 1998, Pompeo co-founded Thayer Aerospace and Private Security, funded in part by investments by the Koch brothers.
He opposes same-sex marriage, opposes workplace protection for the LGBT community, which has earned him a zero rating with the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). But I know you’ll be happy to hear that he has an “A” rating with the National Rifle Association (NRA)!
Toward the latter part of his short tenure, Tillerson seemed to be stepping up to the plate, and only yesterday condemned Russia for the chemical attack against a former Russian spy in the UK – a stance that the Trump White House refused to take, and one that was likely the straw that broke the camel’s back for Tillerson’s tenure in the State Department. Tillerson was not an ideal Secretary of State, but it is the opinion of this writer that Pompeo will be worse. Trump has made a shambles of our relations with allies across the pond, and Pompeo is likely to support Trump blindly, causing even more rifts. Pompeo has absolutely zero foreign policy experience, and has rigid, uncompromising views on human rights. This is not what we need, especially as Trump heads to his first meeting with Kim Jong-un of North Korea.
Pompeo will have to be confirmed by the Senate, of course, but as we have seen in the past 14 months, that is a rubber stamp, as the republicans in the Senate continue to lick Trump’s boots.