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Pompeo sounds and thinks more like the president than Tillerson

2018年03月14日 03時25分17秒 | Weblog






WASHINGTON — In 13 months as C.I.A. director, Mike Pompeo sometimes displayed the aggressive partisanship he had developed as a Republican combatant in Congress, disturbing some colleagues with hawkish policy pronouncements and political spin that were jarring in his role as intelligence adviser.



Mr. Hayden said Mr. Pompeo “has shown that he sounds and thinks more like the president than Tillerson ever did. That should make the relationship better.” Mr. Tillerson “acted as a counterbalance to the president’s spontaneous reaction to things,” Mr. Hayden said, a role that he suggested Mr. Pompeo will be less likely to play.



“President Trump came into office knowing nothing and trusting nothing about the C.I.A.,” she said. “Pompeo has gained the president’s trust and for the most part kept the Trump circus out of Langley. That’s a big deal.”

Mr. Pompeo, who was elected to Congress in 2010 in the Tea Party wave, has been especially outspoken on Iran. He shares Mr. Trump’s view that the nuclear agreement with Tehran is deeply flawed. Shortly after Mr. Trump was elected, Mr. Pompeo wrote on Twitter, “I look forward to rolling back this disastrous deal with the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism.”

He has not moderated his rhetoric at the C.I.A. Five months ago he called Iran a “despotic theocracy” and “a pernicious empire that is expanding its power and influence across the Middle East.”


In October, he slipped up in discussing the volatile issue of Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, claiming that American intelligence agencies had concluded that the meddling did not affect the outcome. In fact, the agencies did not give an opinion on the impact of the Russian hacking, leaking and propaganda. The agency issued a corrective statement and Mr. Pompeo has not repeated the mistake.

On covert action, though the details of most operations remain secret, Mr. Pompeo has taken an aggressive approach. In Afghanistan, the agency has sent small teams of highly experienced officers and contractors alongside Afghan troops to hunt and kill Taliban militants across the country. This marks a shift for the C.I.A. in Afghanistan, where the agency had primarily focused on Al Qaeda and helping the Afghan spy services.

“We can’t perform our mission if we’re not aggressive,” Mr. Pompeo said in a speech in Texas last fall. “This is unforgiving, relentless. You pick the word. Every minute, we have to be focused on crushing our enemies.”


“Mike consistently in our foreign travels has been diplomatic but firm,” Mr. Cotton said. “He won’t dodge hard issues, but he won’t needlessly antagonize people.”


トランプさんと考えがあい、信頼を得ている。タカ派。党派性が強い、ってのは、display the aggressive partisanship っていうんだね。

新しいCIA長官について

up to (one's) eyeballs (in something)

Extremely busy (with something); deeply or overly involved (in something);






She was up to her eyeballs in torture: both in running a secret torture prison in Thailand, and carrying out an order to cover up torture crimes by destroying videotapes,” Anders said. “One man held at the secret prison she ran was waterboarded 83 times, slammed against walls, sleep deprived, and locked in a coffin-like box. After she was promoted to a position back at CIA headquarters, she worked to destroy evidence of the torture crimes committed at the prison she ran.”

Trump said in a statement that Haspel’s appointment would be “a historic milestone.” Haspel and Pompeo “have worked together for more than a year, and have developed a great mutual respect," Trump said.

The European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights filed a legal intervention with German prosecutors last year calling for an arrest warrant for Haspel for her role in torturing detainees in Thailand.

“Those who commit, order or allow torture should be brought before a court — this is especially true for senior officials from powerful nations,” Wolfgang Kaleck, the group’s general secretary, said in filing the documents in June 2017



タイで極秘裏に拷問監獄を運営し、その証拠隠滅もはかっており、欧州で裁判にかけようという動きもある、と。ポンペオさんとは一年以上CIAでいっしょで、お互い尊敬しあっている、とトランプ氏。






アメリカの風刺って好きだな。








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