There are times in which it may be appropriate to go a little cowboy, or be the wildcard. Every good group of friends needs someone willing and able to step up in those sorts of situations that take a little stern, fair grit. Mike Pompeo might just be that guy in the Trump Administration.
That’s because, after weeks and weeks of terror in the Persian Gulf, it is time for someone to hold Iran accountable. Mike Pompeo has told the world that he’s ready to be that guy, and he’s ready to do it in person.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said during an interview on Thursday that he would “happily” visit Iran for negotiations and would love an opportunity to address the Iranian people directly.
In response, Pompeo pointed to “40 years of malign behavior” by Iran, which he argued became even worse after former President Barack Obama’s nuclear deal provided the regime with ample funding for further mischief.
Then came some full-on cowboy talk.
“Would you go to Tehran?” Cirilli asked.
“Sure, if that’s the call, I’ll happily go there,” Pompeo answered.
When Cirilli asked if he would be willing to appear on Iranian state television, Pompeo said he would “welcome the chance to speak directly to the Iranian people.”
“Zarif gets to come here, he comes to New York, he drives around in the most wonderful city in America, and he speaks to the media, he talks to the American public, gets to put Iranian propaganda out into the American airwaves,” the secretary complained.
“I’d like a chance to go not do propaganda, but speak the truth to the Iranian people about what it is their leadership has done and how it has harmed Iran. I think the reason they won’t permit that to happen is because they know the truth as well,” he said.
The cojones on this guy, eh?
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