NYT reported a couple days ago that Secretary of State Michael Pompeo (also called Trump’s Shadow SecDef by Politico’s Nahal Toosi) reportedly told Mitch McConnell that he would not run for Senate from Kansas, his home state, a blow to GOP hopes there https://nyti.ms/2ZVU0Nn.
Is he staying put in Foggy Bottom for now coz there will be some warfighting in the horizon? Make sure you get a selfie with him on his next embassy visit to add to your mementos! And here folks thought John Bolton was going to take us to the next war! Apologies to Ambassador B (Also JB if you’re reading, go talk about the drug deal without a subpoena, and we’ll still buy your book).
So sorry for the folks rumored to be on the short-list to be the 71st SecState. A missed opportunity for another redesign, rebranding, and re-tooling of the official arm of statecraft in less than four years.
In related news, media reports say that Trump told people that he had watched Carlson’s Fox News show (Buzzfeed calls him “an influential voice for anti-interventionism)” and “it had affected Trump’s view on the Iran situation.”
Do we need to call their hq Foggy Bottom2 now?
We’ve stayed up on New Year’s eve and if feels like we’ve been up since then … ugh! The blues are upon us like a thick fog of winter … nope, there’s no app that can get rid of that.
We realize we’re only at the second week of 2020, and we have to admit that the year started off shitty, but it could have been a lot worse. Well … it could still get worse.
Be careful out there, wherever you are, even without a security alert at post.
— The American Conservative (@amconmag) January 9, 2020
Mike Pompeo is a chronic, documented liar. In 2017, he lied about U.S. intelligence on Russia. In 2018, he lied about intelligence on Saudi Arabia. In 2019, he lied about his knowledge of the Ukraine plot.
Now he's lying about the intelligence on Iran. https://t.co/yDdzvmbfW8
— Will Saletan (@saletan) January 8, 2020
Opinion: Mike Pompeo is now lying about his lies https://t.co/88HH6Y3S0i
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) January 7, 2020
Our story on how Pompeo pushed Trump to kill Suleimani lays that out. One official said it had been a “mistake” for Pompeo, Trump and others to tell the public there had been intelligence showing an “imminent attack.” https://t.co/8rkM7K8SGM
— Edward Wong (@ewong) January 9, 2020
Here's my piece from last June. I think it's become pretty clear that Mike Pompeo is the most dangerous, dishonest non-Trump in the Cabinet now, no small feat for sure https://t.co/TdYFRSoVFz
— Adam Weinstein (@AdamWeinstein) January 6, 2020
“‘The worry at the Pentagon is that [Esper] defers to Pompeo’,”
— Bianna Golodryga (@biannagolodryga) January 7, 2020
Ugh, that’s one ugly button. Actually Dorothy gets swagger by simply closing her eyes, clicking the heels of the slippers together three times and repeating the phrase, “I have swagger, dammit, I have swagger!” https://t.co/wVYZYGv4CQ
— Diplopundit (@Diplopundit) October 25, 2019
A selection of online comments about the “artifact” of international embarrassment that may soon join other actual diplomatic artifacts at the U.S. Diplomacy Center.
“This is so sad.”
“At least they’re not spending money on graphic design”
“That is a crappy use for a public affairs budget.”
“I will take substance over swagger any day.”
“It was once a noble calling.”
“The background text… I just can’t. “coolness” “cool vibe””
“Sweet mercy this is embarrassing”
“Cheesy. Trying to play the kids for suckers.”
“I love how my taxpayer dollars are spent”
“cool vibe. Swagger. CRINGE!!! This is so bad. Incredibly out of touch with reality.”
#swagger just makes it more pathetic. If you have swagger, do you need a button telling everyone?”
Tune in at 10:15am ET today as I'll be testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on The Future of Arms Control Post-Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. @SenateForeign https://t.co/MPBGwoSpQX
— U/S of State Andrea Thompson (@UnderSecT) May 15, 2019
Fire from Bob Menendez when he asks Undersecretary of State for Arms Control Andrea Thompson about Russian nuclear plans without New START.
Thompson: "It's a good question for Russia, senator."
Menendez: "I’m not asking Russia about our national defense. I'm asking you." pic.twitter.com/v3i0VXMhIr
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) May 15, 2019
.@timkaine asks AGAIN for dates/companies for Part 810 authorizations for nuclear transfers to Saudi Arabia (State must approve DOE agreements) but Andrea Thompson cannot/doesn't provide the info. Risch promises to raise the issue in his next phone call w/ #Pompeo
— Harry Cramer (@HarrisonCramer) May 15, 2019
It's worth noting that although Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs Andrea Thompson spent 28 years in the Army—retiring as a colonel—she began her current job in June 2018 with absolutely no expertise in arms control, nuclear or otherwise.
— Stephen Schwartz (@AtomicAnalyst) May 15, 2019
— Jimmy Kimmel Live (@JimmyKimmelLive) September 14, 2018
— The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) September 16, 2018
— POLITICO (@politico) September 14, 2018
— Nicholas Wadhams (@nwadhams) September 13, 2018
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) September 10, 2018
AND NOW THIS FROM A SMART TERRIER —
So to recap the day, Trump tweets "17 years since September 11!".
Pompeo's State Department is now calling itself the "Department Of Swagger"
And Trump warns hurricane Florence will be "Very big and very wet"
This is possibly the worst reality show ever pic.twitter.com/0BJA1jaWS3
— Rex the TV terrier (@rexthetvterrier) September 11, 2018
Few things in the world are certain, but make no mistake, Secretary Mike Pompeo does not have swagger. Neither does the State Department.
In simple, definitional terms, “swagger” is described as confidence bordering on arrogance and self-importance. While confidence is a key to diplomatic work, the latter two qualities are anathema to it. Despite the poor associations, Secretary Pompeo is desperately trying to make #swagger happen.
"In simple, definitional terms, “swagger” is described as confidence bordering on arrogance and self-importance. While confidence is a key to diplomatic work, the latter two qualities are anathema to it," writes Sr. Policy Director @atomicbellhttps://t.co/ZjmVTqcmZy
— Nukes of Hazard (@nukes_of_hazard) September 13, 2018
— Erica Fein (@enfein) September 12, 2018
“The very nature of diplomacy makes it relatively uncool. There’s a reason that James Dean didn’t star in ‘Rebel with a Sensible Plan for Improved Water Sanitation in the Lower Mekong Delta.’”https://t.co/aygHBfwZ9i
— Nahal Toosi (@nahaltoosi) September 12, 2018
because when I think of the great diplomats of history I think of the word “swagger” https://t.co/MVxisMqWdU
— Eric Rauchway (@rauchway) September 11, 2018
Condi Rice had "transformational diplomacy." Hillary had "economic statecraft" and "smart power." Pompeo has "swagger." https://t.co/aXcQbeJYNk
— Mintaro Oba (@MintaroOba) September 10, 2018
Hey, here’s some swagger from 90s WWE. You’re welcome!
The swagger of this man is unmatched. pic.twitter.com/LAa3gsb1Lt
— 90s WWE (@90sWWE) September 11, 2018
Excuse me, is this the same department responsible for an updated September 7 guidance regarding the correct use of commas in paper for the Secretary and other agency principals? An update to guidance on the same topic (comma inclusion and omission) issued in June? Who knows? The folks who did the comma guidance … are they the same ones who did the updated department seal? Are there plans for updating all embassy and consulate seals with Embassy of Swagger? How about business cards? Should we roll out new t-shirts and uh, swags?
— Heather Nauert (@statedeptspox) September 11, 2018
Shakespeare was the first to use "swagger." Gen. Patton had his swagger stick. At @statedept, we've got #swagger too. Follow me on Instagram at https://t.co/LNY8d8NgK8 for pics and videos with some @Statedept #swagger. pic.twitter.com/mpSZKfdHst
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) September 10, 2018
We really do think they should tone down on that swaggering bit but um … not a trick question, the swagger guy vs. the cold guy?
This bit on Rex Tillerson from Bob Woodward’s book is 😳 pic.twitter.com/psDZHdFqtW
— Nahal Toosi (@nahaltoosi) September 9, 2018