>> 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.
>> While the decision's timing is unclear, it is widely seen as abandoning the region and benefiting US rivals Russia and Iran.
>> 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.
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.
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.
For our part, airstrikes in the region will continue as targets arise.>>