Trump’s sycophantic CIA director, Mike Pompeo, will appear before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee shortly to make the case for his own confirmation as US Secretary of State. Trump wished his flunky well in his bid to succeed the ousted Tillerson, confident that Pompeo would never call him (Trump) “a fucking moron.”
Good luck to Mike Pompeo during his Confirmation Hearing today. He will be a great Secretary of State!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 12, 2018
Odd that Trump appended the good luck wishes to a whiny, self-congratulatory, incoherent walk-back of his recent tough-guy babblings in Putin’s general direction. Or fitting, actually. Every single Democrat should vote “nay” on the elevation of the extremist Pompeo when the “America’s Next Top Diplomat” show gets underway.
Without scraping the bottom of the wingnut media barrel or snatching random Fox News rage-grandpas out of their duct-taped recliners and parking them at Foggy Bottom, it would be hard to come up with someone more ill-suited to represent the US abroad than Mike Pompeo, given the turmoil in the Middle East, the reemergence of reactionary fascism worldwide and the worsening climate crisis.
Approving this nomination would thrust the dangerous troika of Trump, Bolton and Pompeo upon an already inflamed planet. Democrats should do everything humanly possible to gum up the works. It’s not a hopeless battle either; there’s word that the ailing McCain is a “NO” vote, and Rand Paul (member of the SFRC) has said he won’t support the nomination either.
Of course, relying on Weather-Vane McCain and the Labradoodle of Kentucky as allies is a mug’s game. But we’ve got to try. This person is dangerous, and we already have too goddamn many nut-jobs and incompetents with their filthy mitts on the levers of war.