A Tale Of Two Mikes — Part I

This week, the two Mikes, Pompeo and Pence, our two main global envoys, went abroad as ambassadors of the United States, representing our nation.  The blew it.  In keeping with Trump’s modus operandi, they pandered to corrupt strongmen such as Viktor Orban, but worse, they denigrated and threatened our true allies.  Their antics went largely unnoticed amid a looming government shutdown and then a trumped-up ‘state of emergency’, but We the People need to keep our eye on this ball, for the security and strength of any nation lies, in part, with its relations with other countries, particularly long-held close alliances.

The week began with Secretary of State Pompeo visiting Hungary, where he literally pandered to autocrat Viktor Orban, a virtual pariah in European capitals because of his embrace of “illiberal democracy.”  The Orban regime is noted for suppression of independent media, the judiciary, and civil society groups, corrupt cronyism, and demagoguery that drips with xenophobia and anti-Semitism.  Yet the Trump administration lauds him.  Perhaps it is that his rhetoric so nearly matches that of Donald Trump, as he calls immigrants a “threat to Christian culture” and speaks of building a fence along the country’s border to keep them out.

Next stop for Pompeo was Slovakia, where he met with Slovak President Andrej Kiska,  Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini, and Foreign Affairs Minister Miroslav Lajčák.  Pompeo made it clear that the U.S. is putting strategic interests and great power politics ahead of human rights concerns.  Just last year in Slovakia, a leading journalist who exposed government corruption was murdered along with his fiancée.

Pompeo then went to Poland where he met up with the other Mike, Vice President Pence for a U.S.-organized conference on the Middle East.  The intent of this conference was to rally European and Middle Eastern nations against Iran.  It would seem that Trump and his minions have an ill-conceived intent to start a war with Iran!  Trump’s decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear agreement and impose sanctions on Iran was only one of his worst moves in the past two years, but one that has had serious consequences for our allies.

And so it was that Mike Pence made a complete fool of himself and further eroded our relationship with our allies.  Pence used his address to the conference to demand that European countries withdraw from the Iran nuclear agreement. He further urged U.S. allies to back Washington’s sanctions on Iran. Long-standing U.S. allies in Europe favor staying in the deal and have sought ways to keep open trade and financial dealings with Iran.

“The authoritarian regime in Tehran represses the freedom of speech and assembly, persecutes religious minorities, brutalizes women, executes gays and openly advocates the destruction of the State of Israel.”

WHOA there, Mikey!  First, I might remind everyone that Mike Pence is one of the most homophobic people in our government, that as Governor of Indiana he signed into law a bill titled the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) that allowed individuals and companies to openly discriminate against LGBT people!  And now he’s concerned about the rights of the LGBT in Iran?  I don’t think so.

But even more to the point, while this nation is supporting dictators such as Viktor Orban, Vladimir Putin, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Rodrigo Duterte, we are overlooking human rights violations around the globe. Trump has steadfastly refused to acknowledge the hard evidence presented by his own intelligence officials that Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the murder of Washington Post reporter Jamal Khashoggi.  And now he claims to be so concerned about human rights violations by Iran?!?!?  Can we say ‘hypocrisy’?

“Iran endlessly spews hatred against Israel, our most cherished ally,” says Pence.  What a slap in the face to our true allies, the EU, UK, Mexico and Canada, to name a few!  Israel is by no means our ‘most cherished’ ally!!!  Benjamin Netanyahu is just about as corrupt as Donald Trump … he’s just more intelligent and hides his crimes better, but he and his wife are both currently under investigation for multiple issues.  Israel has become a bully-nation just as Trump is trying to make the U.S. into one.

And then came Munich.

Initially I intended to make this a single post, but by the time I reached this point, I realized that the Munich Security Conference is important enough to warrant a separate post.  Stay tuned for Part II of A Tale of Two Mikes on Monday afternoon.

19 thoughts on “A Tale Of Two Mikes — Part I

  1. Dear Jill,

    The president is finally learning a well needed lesson. He cannot order/ ask for our allies help when he treats their leaders with contempt. The president got the proverbial finger back from other world democratic leaders which is what President Trump and his lackeys VP Pence and Sec. Pompeo. They have squandered their credibility.

    Hugs, Gronda

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    • It’s true that they have squandered their credibility, but in so doing, they have also squandered ours and our national security took yet another nosedive. I wonder what their endgame is? To destroy the world, or just the U.S.?
      Hugs!!!

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  2. The two P’s have further damaged our country’s reputation and standing with the countries that have been our allies, while endearing us to those countries once perceived as our enemies. One has to wonder why we want these two men to represent the USA abroad, and more so why we let them come back! Thank-you!

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    • “WE” don’t want these two men representing us, but the ‘man’ in the Oval Office likes them fine because … they suck up to him. They say nice things about him and tell him that he is right, even when they know he is wrong. And therefore, they get to go to the far side of the pond and spew hate toward our friends and suck up to our enemies and thereby put our nation in grave danger of being left friendless. AAAARRrRRGGGGhHHHH! Shoot me now, please!

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  3. As far as Iran goes, if it is convenient for Pence and Trump to fight against social justice, they will. But when it comes to becoming conveniennt to be SJWs, they will turn in that direction. No one will notice, especially not his base.

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    • I fully agree! Grenell is an embarrassment and this nation owes you guys an apology for even sending him over there! I’m surprised he hasn’t been sent back yet, but you have your own problems to deal with. I think it is the case in most of the EU that the U.S. is no longer a trusted ally. The ‘man’ who sits in the Oval Office has no concept what he has done, how he has damaged our reputation and lost the respect of our allies. 😥

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    • PS – Per Reuters, former VP Joe Biden fared better than his successor in Munich:

      “Promising that “America will be back” once Donald Trump leaves office, Biden won a standing ovation at the Munich Security Conference from delegates who find the president’s brusque foreign policy stance hard to like.

      But their elation also exposed the weakened state of Western diplomacy in the face of Trump’s assertiveness, according to European diplomats and politicians who were present.

      Biden’s successor, Mike Pence, was met with silence at a reception in the palatial Bavarian parliament on Friday evening after he delivered his signature line: “I bring you greetings from the 45th president of the United States, President Donald Trump.””

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      • Well, at least he is not pretending these greetings are coming from everyday Americans. But, at the same time, he IS saying everyday Americans no longer matter in Trump’s world. So why should he greet the conference goers on behalf of America’s citizens, they are not worthy!

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      • Oops … I just told you what you already knew! I wonder if Trump genuinely doesn’t understand the danger he is putting our nation in by shunning our allies, or if he knows full well and simply doesn’t care. Sigh.

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        • Jill, a year and a half ago, a EU country diplomat said America’s strengths are its military and diplomatic relationships with other countries. Around this same time, former Director of Defense, General James Mattis said if we cut diplomats, we need to increase our military spending,

          The President thinks short term transactionally and not about long term rekationship relationships. What is interesting is the economic tailwinds he has created are short term while the headwinds are long term. So, when these headwinds blow harder, people will forget he caused them or made them worse – think tariffs, deregulation, debt and deficit, allied relationships, et al. Keith

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          • When I think of all those things, my head hurts. I said when he was first elected that if we could get him out in the first year, there likely wouldn’t be any long-term damage, but if he stayed longer, the damage he would do would take decades to overcome. I believe we have passed the point where it will take decades, and some of the damage he’s done, particularly with regards to the environment, may never be fixed. What a sad, frightening, and maddening state of affairs we have created.

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            • Jill, we need people to stop writing books and let Mueller finish his job. The President and his lackeys of latched onto McCabe’s remarks not focusing on why he might do what he did. They are looking for ammunition to paint a picture the President is mistreated, when he is the one who may have betrayed his country and has obstructed justice and made money off the office. Keith

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              • Professionalism is not in the vocabulary of Trump or his minions, is it? Revenge, schoolyard bullying tactics, lies, lies and more lies, and spin. I have no doubt whatsoever that he did whatever he could to take the election. I don’t use the word ‘win’ the election, for with nearly 3 million fewer votes than Hillary, he really didn’t win the election … a fact that still seems to stick in his craw. I only hope that Barr doesn’t try to sweep Mueller’s report under the rug or keep it quiet.

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    • Indeed. Mike Pence’s opening at the Munich Conference was classic … dead silence after he announced his ‘greetings from the 45th president’. And he waited for applause, but none was forthcoming.

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