Mike Pompeo's laughable defense of Syria withdrawal inspires fierce backlash: 'Building foreign mobster ties is not a coalition'
As President Donald Trump continues to face widespread criticism over his decision to withdraw U.S. troops from northeastern Syria and abandon the United States’ Kurdish allies, others in his administration find themselves defending the withdrawal — including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who is being lambasted after posting a tweet that tried to put a positive spin on things.
The news coming out of northeastern Syria this week following the withdrawal is dismal. With an incursion of Turkish troops, the Kurdish forces who has been helping the U.S. are turning to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad out of desperation — and there are reports of captured ISIS fighters escaping in the chaos.
On Tuesday, the U.S. State Department tweeted an interview in which Pompeo told Nashville’s WZTV-TV that the U.S. was “leading from the front” to “build out coalitions that can effectively deal with some of the most difficult challenges facing the world today.” And it wasn’t long before Twitter was full of angry responses to that tweet.
.@SecPompeo: We’re leading from the front, to build out coalitions that can effectively deal with some of the most… https://t.co/nvFMnMflLd— Department of State (@Department of State)1571155276.0
Security and intelligence Malcolm Nance, a frequent guest on MSNBC, tweeted, “Every word Pompeo speaks here is a lie.” And @rachel_maria65 asserted, “Is that why we’re in RETREAT and leaving allies to be slaughtered? Geez you’ve got a twisted sense of reality Pompeo.”
Wisconsin-based Twitter user Georgia Stein noted, “Retreating is not leading from the front.” @TedBonVivant said of Pompeo, “This may be the craziest propaganda claim ever,” while @reevesjw asked, “leading? You just betrayed an ally in the Middle East, and have delivered a foreign policy victory to Putin, Assad, and ISIS. Have you no shame?
@lancelyons complained, “While Pompeo is in Nashville doing a Christian Conference, Christians are getting slaughtered in Syria because we have NO STATE Department doing their JOB. Unbelievable how bad the @GOP is. Pompeo needs to get to Turkey and Syria and fix the mess @realDonaldTrump has put us in.”
@StateDept @SecPompeo Retreating is not leading from the front, building foreign mobster ties is not a coalition th… https://t.co/dL1zYz814J— Georgia Stein (@Georgia Stein)1571155485.0
@StateDept @SecPompeo Is that why we’re in RETREAT and leaving allies to be slaughtered? Geez you’ve got a twisted sense of reality Pompeo.— Rachel Maria 🇺🇸💙🇺🇸 #WearAMask 😷 (@Rachel Maria 🇺🇸💙🇺🇸 #WearAMask 😷)1571156768.0
@StateDept @SecPompeo Yeah, pretty sure our allies the Kurds don't think you're "leading from the front" at all. We… https://t.co/dR2k1BhYNl— Jolie Lindley (@Jolie Lindley)1571156184.0
@StateDept @SecPompeo This may be the craziest propaganda claim ever. The Don and Mike show have done nothing but a… https://t.co/BAVuJbSYV6— Ted Tetkowski (@Ted Tetkowski)1571156642.0
@StateDept @SecPompeo While Pompeo is in Nashville doing a Christian Conference, Christians are getting slaughtered… https://t.co/01v31nhPQh— Lance Lyons (@Lance Lyons)1571156769.0
@StateDept @SecPompeo To recap the Newspeak: Retreat = Leading from the front Abandoning allies = building coaliti… https://t.co/achnpM2dzo— Brian “Thigh stick” Cullen (@Brian “Thigh stick” Cullen)1571156633.0