The squealing and commotion has begun. Trump has begun making his appointments to the cabinet and other high level positions. He is showing us that he was serious about many of the things he campaigned on. I mentioned before that I thought he would back off some of his ideas but rather than doing that he is doubling down on them. I’ve taken a quick look at some of them.
CIA Director Mike Pompeo – you are not going to find anyone more interested in protecting America in any way possible than Pompeo. He is both tough and smart. He graduated number one in his class from West Point which is something to be admired. He served five years in the Army; then went to Harvard Law School. He went out to the mid-West and started his own aerospace company which he later sold.
I assume it put a lot of money in his pocket to give him a comfortable life style. He decided he wanted to do more public service. He ran for Congress at age 47 or so during the Tea Party surge. I suggest he has the type of background we want in Congress: military service, private business, courageous and smart.
He has positions on many things but I will mention those that will involve his job.
He wants to tear up the Iran deal (within the week he wrote: “I look forward to rolling back this disastrous deal with the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism”); go back to torturing people perceived as enemies, (our military and our intelligence warriors — are heroes, not pawns in some liberal game being played by the ACLU and Senator Feinstein); reauthorize the gathering of all types of intelligence information on American people; thinks Snowden should be put to death (“you cannot encourage “the very lawnessness he exhibited and the ongoing distortion of the truth that he and his media enablers have engaged in since the release of these documents – undermines the very fairness and freedom tha SXSW and the ACLU purport to foster”); strongly supports Israel; has criticized Muslims leaders who fail to condemn terrorism,( “Mr. Speaker, it’s been just under two months since the attacks in Boston, and in those intervening weeks, the silence of Muslim leaders has been deafening.”); and will probably push for America to move its embassy to Jerusalem recognizing it as the capital of Israel.
He is the ACLU’s worst nightmare (“His positions on mass surveillance have been rejected by federal courts and have been the subject of several lawsuits filed by the ACLU.”) or other privacy groups who suggest he wants to create a dossier on every American.
He is exactly what Donald Trump wants. He is what Donald Trump voters sought to get.
We’ve tried lots of different approaches to intelligence but few like this. Clearly he is a war hawk who will push for the aggressive use of American power rejecting the Obama soft approach to world affairs which he finds hurts American interests. He will throw down the gauntlet: “you do it America’s way or feel America’s wrath.”
No Nobel Peace Prize for him. This is speak loud, bluntly and carry a big stick type of American policy. It is predicated on the idea that no one will call America’s bluff.
Time will tell what the consequences of this new approach will be. I’m sure we have done it in the past. I do not have a good grasp of prior CIA directors positions so it is hard to know. He will though be a strong follower of the Trump positions and will provide the backing for Trump’s strong approach.