I won’t spend too much time on this, but felt it was a clip worth sharing. It manages to showcase the wit of Mike Pompeo, perhaps one of Trump’s best appointments, while also exposing the pettiness of the media.
Enter Fox News’ Chris Wallace, who interviewed Pompeo on the recent killing of Qassem Soleimani. He decided to try to tie the recent strike to impeachment, because the media are absolutely obsessed with something that’s not even actually happening.
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FOX NEWS CHRIS WALLACE:
"Some analysts suggest that the impeachment of President Trump has emboldened enemies like Iran and North Korea – is this president is more vulnerable because of the impeachment effort?"
"You should ask Mr. Soleimani."
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) January 5, 2020
Here’s the full exchange via Twitchy.
Wallace: Some analysts suggest that the impeachment of President Trump has emboldened enemies like Iran and North Korea to think that they can confront him. Do you think that, as misguided as it may be, that some of our enemies think that this president is more vulnerable because of the impeachment effort?
Pompeo: You should ask Mr. Soleimani.
Wallace: I understand that, but he was going ahead before you killed him. And the question is, do you think that impeachment is emboldening our enemies?
Pompeo: I don’t. I think that our adversaries understand that President Trump and our administration will do the right thing to protect the American people every place that we find risk.
The question itself is just dumb and ignores past events that Wallace is surely aware of. Iranian aggression has been escalating for years, long before this latest impeachment farce. Even under Obama’s range of appeasement attempts, Iran struck American interests and held its sailors hostage. And that’s hardly the start of a litany of hostile actions taken by the regime since the 1970s.
Impeachment is not the cause, nor does it logically connect with the most recent lashing out by the Mullahs and their henchmen. Trump has pursued a policy of retaliation and deterrence by force. He’s ratcheted up sanctions, angering the leadership of Iran. He doesn’t appear weak in as much as his strength has backed the regime into a corner. The Iranians understand bombs a lot more than they do political battles.
Fox News appears to be fairly committed to turning its hard news division into a cheap clone of CNN. Wallace has had numerous, disingenuous dust-ups during the Trump administration, seemingly straining to present his journalistic “credibility.” He’s even gone so far as to laughably accuse Trump of engaging in the “most direct, sustained assault” on the press ever. Anyone who’s been alive for more than five minutes knows how stupid of a claim that was by Wallace.
In this case, I think Pompeo got the best of him.