1002 GMT November 15, 2018
Following many ups and downs, United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations approved Mike Pompeo’s eligibility to be appointed the 70th secretary of state and thus prepared the ground for another warmonger to enter the US cabinet.
About one month ago, the then US secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, was removed from this position following a tweet by Donald Trump and since then, no one was at the helm of the US diplomacy apparatus which apparently is one of the most important pillars of the country’s foreign policy.
Following Tillerson’s removal from office, Pompeo was Trump’s option for the portfolio. The choice, however, was shrouded in many doubts.
US political figures, even a number of Republican senators, were not happy with the appointment. Nevertheless, Pompeo is now the US secretary of state having secured the approval of United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on Tuesday.
Pompeo’s appointment as the secretary of state implies that the US governing panel seeks to form a completely radical government, or interpreted another way, a military administration.
Being recognized as of one of the US extremist and belligerent figures during the past two decades, John Bolton was selected as Trump's national security adviser a few while ago. A former CIA chief and a radical figure, Pompeo is now at the helm of the State Department. Also an extremist figure and a hawk, Nikki Haley is currently the US ambassador to the United Nations. In addition, Gina Haspel has assumed the role of acting CIA director. At present, it is whispered that US Secretary of Defense James Mattis is also about to be dismissed from his position to be replaced by a radical figure.
Apparently, these changes and appointments in the cabinet allude to the formation of a radical cabinet, or, in other words, a military government. What is the reason?
During his election campaign and in his stump speeches, Trump adopted anti-war stances. Focusing on US internal problems and domestic issues was Trump’s main endeavor during his election campaign. He used to say that military interventions in Afghanistan and Iraq were futile projects.
Apparently Trump’s pre-election stances were merely a show to guarantee his victory in the presidential vote. After assuming office as the US president, that show was over with, most probably, another one starting at present.
In December 2017, a year after his entry into the White House, Trump released his National Defense Strategy to provide his people and the world with the general outlines of his foreign policy.
In his National Defense Strategy, Trump explicitly states that Washington will do its best to prevent the Middle East from being dominated by any power hostile to the US. He also stresses that the US military presence will continue in the Middle East to maintain the balance of power in the region. In other words, by merging the Department of Defense, CIA and State Department, Trump seeks to portray the US a warmongering country and show that he is willing to rearrange the existing political order in the world.
This military show and political deployment is also aimed at extracting concessions from world and regional powers such as Russia, China and, even, the European Union.
Despite efforts by Trump to present a belligerent image of the US to the world by appointing extremist figures to his cabinet, the country’s internal condition, on one the hand, and the world’s complicated political, economic and military situation, on the other, prevent Washington from entering another new serious conflict.
The goal Washington pursues by organizing this show is to increase the world powers’ military and defense expenditures and sell more weapons in the Middle East.
Pompeo’s secret visit to Pyongyang and his talks with North Korean officials indicate that despite his warmongering claims, Trump favors dialogue over conflict.
Over the past 12 months, Trump has tried to show that if required, Washington is ready to turn a blind eye to diplomacy and adopt a belligerent stance or withdraw from international deals or scrap global treaties. However, the sum of US internal and external capacities indicates that the approach Washington has adopted is by no means an end to its diplomacy but efforts to pull the wool over the entire world’s eyes and make other countries believe in what it says.
* Mohammadreza Erfanian, is an international affairs analyst.