BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:20 P.M.) – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told the crowd at the annual dinner for the Jewish Institute for National Security of America (JINSA) that the entire Middle East should look like Israel, while also criticizing the Obama administration.
Pompeo argued that Israel “is democratic and prosperous, it desires peace, it is a home to a free press and a thriving economy,” calling it “everything we want the entire Middle East to look like going forward.”
Israel’s enemy number one Iran, meanwhile, has “corrupt leaders” who “assault the human rights of their own people and finance terrorism in every corner of the Middle East,” according to Pompeo.
He went on to habitually bash the Obama administration for trying to solve problems with Iran peacefully.
“President Obama thought that if he made dangerous concessions, removed economic sanctions and flew a plane full of cash to Tehran, he could somehow hug Iran’s leaders into behaving well… but those leaders aren’t from a Disney movie,” Pompeo said, then himself went on to paint Iranian leaders as movie villains: “They’re real. They are murderers and funders of terrorism who lead chants today, still, of ‘Death to America’.”
Pompeo has long been a critic of the Iran Deal under the Obama administration, often backing President Trump’s rhetoric on the agreement.
*Quotes provided by RT