With the Biden administration shifting stances toward a “pause” of Israel’s counteroffensive against Hamas, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spelled out the danger of the strategy.
“…it would only result in the death of more Israelis and more Americans.”
(Video: Fox News)
President Joe Biden’s record of bungling bigly on the world stage has already played out in Afghanistan and Ukraine. But with foreign policy precariously perched on the edge of a global conflict unseen since World War II, Pompeo chided the rapid shift from Israel’s right to defend itself toward placating terrorists.
Joining Fox News host Sean Hannity Thursday on his eponymous program, the former State Department head and Director of the CIA under then-President Donald Trump spoke to the importance of aiding the United States’ Middle Eastern ally primarily by staying out of their way.
“If you put America first, you definitely want [Israeli] Prime Minister [Benjamin] Netanyahu to do both his duty, that is to destroy Hamas and to complete that mission in its entirety,” Pompeo said on “Hannity.”
“You don’t need him having a second front here in America. You’re fighting Hamas and now you’re fighting the Biden administration — fighting a Biden administration that has clearly just simply lost its way,” the secretary criticized. “It forgets already now, just short of four weeks, what actually happened there and is trying to sort of, to restrain them.”
Before turning his attention back to the president, Pompeo griped over Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin’s (D) newfound vocal support for a ceasefire agreeing to negotiate to that end with Hamas in exchange for the release of the hostages being held since the brutal slaughter of more than 1,400 people in Israel on Oct. 7.
“We want all the hostages home. We want every American home,” he reminded Hannity, making sure to clarify his problem with the ceasefire. “We’ve had Americans killed. But make no mistake about it, if Netanyahu were to take that deal and get the hostages out in exchange for letting Hamas to continue to threaten Israel, it would only result in the death of more Israelis and more Americans.”
“Lastly, Sean, I heard President Biden speak today and I heard Secretary Blinken speak today. Neither of them identified the real problem set here, which is Iran. They continue to coddle, they’re giving them $70 billion that has fueled and set the context for the barbaric actions about which you spoke and Prime Minister Netanyahu has spoken,” the former high-ranking official expressed looking beyond the $6 billion in assets unfrozen by the current administration to the entirety of assets made available to Iran under Biden’s leadership.
“To give Iran more money, more time, a ceasefire would only create enormous risk for Israel, for the Gulf Arab States that are having rockets fired from Yemen, and for us here in home in America as well,” said Pompeo.
His pushback on the notion of a ceasefire came the day after Biden acknowledged at a campaign event in Minneapolis that “I think we need a pause. A pause means time to get the prisoners out.”
However, as the secretary would go on to argue, the Americans and foreign nationals being held by Hamas aren’t prisoners, they are hostages that were abducted by or being prohibited from leaving by a terrorist organization, “And the United States weakness has provided the context in which Hamas felt like it could do this with absolute impunity, and now you have the American president and Democrat leaders demanding that that very impunity be granted to them.”
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