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>> On a tour through the Middle East, America's Secretary of State in Cairo on Thursday excoriated a former American President. Mike Pompeo accused Barack Obama of sowing chaos across the region.>> We learn that when America retreats, chaos often follows. When we neglect our friends, resentment builds. And when we partner with our enemies, they advance.
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>> While the decision's timing is unclear, it is widely seen as abandoning the region and benefiting US rivals Russia and Iran.
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>> He told you that the United States and the Muslim world needed quote, a new beginning, end of quote. The results of these mis-judgements have been dire.>> Pompeo spoke not of rights, but of military alliances between nations united against a shared foe.>> Our eagerness to address only Muslims and not nations ignored the rich diversity of the Middle East and frayed old bonds.
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It undermined the concept of the nation state, the building block of international stability. And our desire for peace at any cost led us to strike a deal with Iran, our common enemy.>> It is highly unusual for an American Secretary of State to deliver a speech in a foreign capital attacking a former US President.
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And Pompeo's warning against a US retreat comes after President Donald Trump shocked allies in the region. By abruptly announcing plans to pull US forces from Syria. Pompeo defended that move as a tactical one.>> But this isn't a change of mission, we're looking to our partners to do more.
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For our part, airstrikes in the region will continue as targets arise.>>