On Meet the Press, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo waved off any victims of Iranian retaliation as "noise" while claiming the U.S. is safer today after the assassination of Qasem Soleimani.
January 5, 2020

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made the rounds of every Sunday show (except AM Joy) to woodenly repeat his talking points about Iran. If it hadn't been for the Kochs propping him up for his run for office, I'm certain he would never be in the public eye, because I've never seen anyone repeat bullshit with such a lack of conviction as Pompeo did this morning.

"It doesn’t sound like we're safer today after this," Chuck Todd observed, after listing all of the warnings and reports of retaliation.

"Yeah, Chuck we're definitely safer today," Pompeo intoned. "One hundred percent certainty that America is safer today."

How Orwellian. Everyone is on high alert, 3,500 more troops are being sent over to that region to make ready for retaliation amid clear threats from Iran and the child-in-chief is escalating the situation with threatening tweets, but sure, Pompeo is 100 percent certain that the U.S. is safer.

Apparently Chuck Todd had similar thoughts. "Then why did we put out that warning after the Soleimani -- I mean, we do expect retaliation against American citizens now, correct?"

"Chuck, you're concentrating on the second and the moment," Pompeo replied dismissively. "President Trump is focused deeply on keeping Americans safe over the long haul. Preserving, protecting, defending America is the mission that we have."

Everybody wave the flag. Never mind that Iran now has justification for retaliation and it won't be long before they exercise that option.

Here's what Pompeo thinks about that: "It may be that there’s a little noise here in the interim, that the Iranians make the choice to respond. I hope that they don't. President Trump has made clear what we will do in response if they do."

Yeah, commit war crimes, apparently. I just cannot imagine what would happen if Iran did to us what Trump just did to them. This was a bridge too far for Bush, Netayahu and Obama. But Trump needed a distraction of monumental proportions and the victims of any retaliation are just "noise."

That "noise" line needs to be in every political ad Democrats run. I think everyone should know they're considered collateral damage to Trump's little impeachment problem.

Can you help us out?

For nearly 20 years we have been exposing Washington lies and untangling media deceit, but now Facebook is drowning us in an ocean of right wing lies. Please give a one-time or recurring donation, or buy a year's subscription for an ad-free experience. Thank you.


We welcome relevant, respectful comments. Any comments that are sexist or in any other way deemed hateful by our staff will be deleted and constitute grounds for a ban from posting on the site. Please refer to our Terms of Service for information on our posting policy.