US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo continues to be a politically troublesome figure in the global arena. Washington stands at a critical juncture as it redesigns the national strategy blueprint within a Cold War framework. The highest-ranking US diplomat has single-handedly activated an outdated mindset, smashing it to the point of climax.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks to the media at Andrews Air Force Base, near Washington on June 23, 2019, before boarding a plane headed to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. (Photo: VCG)
Known as an extreme hardliner at the White House, Pompeo has redefined the traditional understanding of the chief diplomat's role among the world's major powers with his signature reckless behavior.
Pompeo also has turned the US State Department into a strategic headquarters used to antagonize the international community. By provoking conflict between countries who have unique differences, Pompeo has done nothing but threaten world peace.
During his visits to other nations, Pompeo has bad-mouthed and tried to suppress China, Russia, and Iran. His offensive remarks on China have destroyed the past China-US diplomatic language that was enjoyed for decades, preferring to use negligent words from his personal arsenal.
Additionally, Pompeo is arguably the most active lobbyist and, by all standards, a bully who coerces US allies to block Huawei. He has also spared no effort to criticize China's policies in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.
His outspoken opinions on recent events in Hong Kong was more of a Rubicon River crossing than someone just speaking their mind. Rather than adhering to a big power game like his predecessors, Pompeo has transformed himself into an anti-China flag on two legs.
US relations with China, Russia, and Iran will determine the future course of international relations. The condition of each relationship serves as a wind vane indicating stability or turbulence worldwide.
Pompeo is not only disrupting China, Russia, and Iran, but also damaging the interests of other countries. His words and actions have jinxed the very notion of 21st-century peace.
It is understandable how the US could feel threatened, due to the pattern shift among world powers. However, Pompeo's goal has nothing to do with enhancing trust or easing concerns expressed by other countries. Instead, he wants to turn US insecurity into a form of visible hatred and increase hostility worldwide. He has consistently influenced stable international conditions to the point of deterioration.
"Make America Great Again" is not a one-man show. The notion, which is nothing more than an illiterate slogan, will never materialize and connect with the harmony enjoyed elsewhere throughout the world.
In the past decades, the US has engaged in too many wars and conflicts, while also issuing sanctions against foreign countries which were later drained of their national strength.
Pompeo has continued to push the US toward the flames of confrontation when dealing with major foreign powers. He has not helped Trump achieve earlier campaign promises. On the contrary, he is making it difficult for the US president to keep them.
Pompeo's background reveals military and intelligence capabilities. While serving in the US House of Representatives, he initiated multiple foreign conflicts. Confrontation seems to be his preferred weapon and the only option when engaging with anyone. Only when confronted with China, Russia, and Iran can he see his true self. He feels that such an aggressive behavior is necessary to prove his personal value.
Judging from the US and its Cold War reboot strategy, Pompeo has roamed too far outside of the perimeter and has officially lost his way. The US government has labeled China its "strategic competitor." Meanwhile, Pompeo has ignited hostility from China.
Pompeo's words are by no means an accurate consensus of the US public who also want to enjoy harmonious existence. By making volatile claims against China look reasonable, Pompeo has turned himself into a cheerleader of hatred, who uses slander and vitriol for pompoms.
Having a secretary of state of this caliber is a tragedy of US politics and the bane of international politics. The world needs to be exposed to the damage Pompeo has brought to mankind's peaceful existence. His destructive power should not be tolerated because of his title. He has repeatedly crushed diplomacy's constructive role while ignoring opportunities to ease international conflicts. He is a stain upon the professional honor of diplomacy. The global diplomatic community should detest his actions and unite in a crusade against him.