FULL: Secretary of State Pompeo's Speech in Cairo
- published: 10 Jan 2019
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NEWS DESK | U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in the Middle East to discuss the American presence in the region with countries and groups there — including Jordan, Egypt, Iraq and the Kurds in Iraq. He also promised a fierce stand against Iran\'s activities. Story: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called Thursday for an end to Middle East rivalries to roll back Tehran\'s influence and vowed to \'expel every last Iranian boot\' from Syria as he sought to reassure allies about US plans to withdraw troops from the war-ravaged country. The top American diplomat took aim at former president Barack Obama\'s Middle East policies in his address entitled \'A Force for Good: America Reinvigorated in the Middle East\' at the American University in Cairo, crediting President Donald Trump for reversing the United States\' \'willful blindness to the danger of the [Iranian] regime\'. Trump\'s predecessor had \'grossly underestimated the tenacity and viciousness of radical Islamism,\' Pompeo said. And parroting Obama\'s words in his landmark 2009 speech in Cairo, Pompeo vowed that now was really \'a new beginning\' in ties between the US and the Middle East. \'In falsely seeing ourselves as a force for what ails the Middle East, we were timid about asserting ourselves when the times — and our partners — demanded it,\' Pompeo said, without explicitly naming Obama. \'Countries increasingly understand that we must confront the ayatollahs, not coddle them,\' Pompeo added.He said that America\'s \'penchant for wishful thinking\' allowed Hezbollah in Lebanon, backed by Iran, to stockpile a massive arsenal...