Pompeo Speech Lays Out Vision for Mideast, Taking Shots at Obama

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo laid out his vision for America’s role in the Middle East on Thursday, telling a university audience in Cairo that "the age of self-inflicted American shame is over" and that the United States would pursue a more activist policy, despite President Trump’s decision to pull troops out of Syria.

Mr. Pompeo’s prescription was short on specifics, beyond bolstering alliances with Arab autocrats loyal to Washington. Instead he painted a picture of a Middle East cast into chaos by President Barack Obama, and that can only be rescued by crushing Iran.

And in an unusually explicit and personal attack on a former president’s foreign policy, a decade after Mr. Obama delivered a landmark speech at another Cairo university, Mr. Pompeo excoriated Mr. Obama for "fundamental misunderstandings" about the region that "underestimated the tenacity and viciousness of radical Islamism."

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