Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Discusses U.S. Strikes in Iraq and Syria…

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo appears on Fox and Friends this morning to discuss several topics. One key topic was yesterdays U.S. military strikes in Syria and Iraq.

President Trump has been silent about the controversial strikes.  No White House statement, no press release, no tweets, complete and total silence. Overlay that silence with Secretary Pompeo, Secretary Asper and Joint Chief Milley’s rather odd briefing statements yesterday from Mar-a-Lago; and consider this interview:


Note: President Trump likely watched this interview as he watched the broadcast.

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175 Responses to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Discusses U.S. Strikes in Iraq and Syria…

  1. realeyecandy1 says:

    where is the POTUS … regardless of circumstances I find it odd

    Liked by 1 person

    • Krashman Von Stinkputin says:

      Control the military control the government.

      To believe this analysis effectively means coup is occurring or already has.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Bill Durham says:

      Pompeo is heading to Ukraine on the 3rd. So POTUS needs pompeo on board and not going rogue during impeachment. He doesn’t need another Bolton. Get passed impeachment and then “replace” several positions for the New year. He can wrap up several firings all at once. Move a few people around. Need change and better chemistry. Do a bunch all at once like in business. Media won’t be able to digest all of the firings.

      Liked by 16 people

      • love your comment …BD

        Liked by 2 people

      • Dutchman says:

        There IS a tradition, pre-dating PDJT, been done by MANY previous Presidents;
        Upon reelection, he calls a Cabinet meeting.
        He thanks everyone for the great job they have,done, and LEAVES.

        Then, his Chief of Staff requests they all submit written letters of reccomendation.

        The POTUS then asks SOME to stay on, and not others. Silly ritual, but that,way they aren’t “fired”; its an ‘optics’ thing, as technically they resigned.

        I expect that is when the major housecleaning will occur. Of coarse PDJT doesn’t always follow traditional protecols, so ,…
        We’ll see what happens,…

        He is going to HAVE to address this abuse of Power by the Senate, at some point. After reelection would be the time, I suspect.

        I see several scenarios, that COULD happen,…..but then taking Bills girls to the debate, after Access Hollywood tape,….I didn’t see THAT coming, at all.
        So he MAY come up with some way that would NEVER occur to us!

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      • The Demon Slick says:

        Something is up… at first I thought it was just a routine strike, cutting the grass so to speak. But the more I learn about it the sketchier it looks. Just watched Tucker, Mark Stein is guest hosting, Col Douglas McGregor (ret) says that the targets we struck were nowhere near our base that was attacked in Kirkuk. Also the shiite militias we struck were engaged in fighting isis. Curiouser and curiouser.

        Liked by 4 people

        • Deb says:

          I’m not sure what difference this makes? Surely those who attacked us are mobile, and the Muslims are constantly in-fighting. They can hate ISIS and hate the US.

          Liked by 1 person

        • cali says:

          @Thw Demon Slick: I agree and consider this:

          As Pompeo, Esper et al arrived at the president’s estate in FL the president was NOT present there.
          There appears to be more to this story as the president and his team went dark – not in FL, no tweets, no knowledge of the whereabouts of the president for quite some time.

          Highly unusual but not surprising as the globalist deep state tries to pull out all the stops to remove or get ‘rid of’ this president, his team and in turn his worldwide alliance working to take this cabal down once and for all.


        • fightining ISIS since 2012…. and we bomb them…hmmmmmm

          Liked by 1 person

      • newlife3.0 says:

        Well…we can hope…


  2. Harvey Lipschitz says:

    The President has a colorful array of responses, many of which are not predicted. No worries.
    Fake News will deliver spinuendo, reframing and “interpretation”.

    Liked by 4 people

    • Hanuman says:


      Can we promote this word into OED in 2020

      Liked by 8 people

    • It will be very interesting to see if enemedia will take the statement by Pompeo at 3:57 to 4:20 about how the obama administration allowed the iranian regime to continue their nuclear program, had allowed funds to flow into iran to “support/UNDERWRITE their terror campaigns…

      Would be very interesting indeed to me to see if they even mention what he said or just ignore it. It’s a very bold and damning statement, and true.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Tiffthis says:

    Pompeo seems stoic.

    Liked by 2 people

  4. Joshuatree says:

    No all we need is A2 to come in and force the second guessing narrative of why it was already allowed by the president during a crucial ceasefire agreement and possible peace deal.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Issy says:

    Twitter silence from Trump is highly unusual. I’m getting bad vibes or is he just golfing.


    • Tiffthis says:

      Issy, my guess is potus is having well deserved family time right now. Remember he spent thanksgiving with our fabulous Troops and did his family thanksgiving the Friday after. I believe he’s enjoying his time right now. I also think he was fighting a cold and could hear it in his voice during his last interviews before winter break. 👍🏼😇

      Liked by 2 people

  6. Eileen McRae says:

    President Trump is negotiating some serious peace treaties. His work never stops.

    Liked by 5 people

  7. The first thing that entered my mind is that the military conducted this mission without telling the POTUS ahead of time…when they went down to FL they went to explain what they did. I know that Trump does not like to kill people unnecessarily and I would think that he is not very happy with the death count…perhaps he was informed of the attack but was told there would be no deaths? So he is not a happy person right now with his Defense Dept.

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  8. Joe says:

    So apparently he took a wide birth in interpreting Trump’s strategy.

    Like the 17 FISA mistakes, that interpretation only goes in one direction.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. abdiesus says:

    As I replied in response to 1 Observer on the previous article/thread:

    All this talk about “briefing the President” does not address the fact that, as 1 Observer said, “Normally there would be a reference to the President “ordering” such strikes.” There was no such statement. There should have been such a statement.

    Remember the 2017 Shayrat missile strike? Watch this 3 min video of Trump’s press conference

    where Trump, alone, stands at the podium announcing.

    Now, compare that Trump press conference, with this video of the Pompeo press conference

    One of these things is not like the other. One of these things just doesn’t belong.

    In addition to the above which I posted on the earlier article/thread, I particularly point out the rhetoric used by Pompeo & Esper sounds like they acted unilaterally and informed Trump after the fact. Especially objectionable is the part where Pompeo says that “we continue to demand that the Republic of Iran act in a way that is consistent with what *I* [Pompeo] laid out back in 2018…”

    The more I listen to this, the more it doesn’t smell right to me. I know there are some Pompeo defenders on this site, but shoot, I can’t see how anyone can defend this – it’s not how it’s supposed to be done.

    Liked by 8 people

    • Krashman Von Stinkputin says:

      What’s being described is a military coup.

      Liked by 1 person

      • 🍺Gunny66 says:

        The only way this is a military coup is if “The Entire” military is in on it.

        Orders carried out on “assuming” they were from the President are not a coup.

        So, if that was the case….and the President “did not” know this was being done, he could fire them all….and probably will…

        But, fire them all “before” the Impeachment fiasco is determined?…..That would just cause a full blown havoc…..

        “Patience is power. Patience is not an absence of action; rather it is “timing” it waits on the right time to act, for the right principles and in the right way.”
        ― Fulton J. Sheen

        In the end our President is in charge. If a coup is attempted or suspected, half the military would revolt and be with the President, as well as most of the country.

        I suspect something else is at play here…….The President has his own spies…..he knows what is going on….

        Let Trump be Trump……

        Liked by 16 people

        • Krashman Von Stinkputin says:

          Just to be clear.
          I’m not the one describing it.


        • trialbytruth says:

          Gunny did you notice all the fresh

          Liked by 3 people

        • De Oppresso Liber says:

          I hear ya, Gunny — I also believe President Trump realizes that the rank-and-file military support him, not any rebellious flag rank officers. You mentioned half, but I believe the real numbers would be around 80-85% in support of President Trump.

          If any generals or admirals tried to stage an outright coup, they would be the first ones hung from the yardarm… to speak. The affair last month, where USN brass attempted to defy the C-in-C over the Chief Gallagher demotion/taking away his SEAL Trident, should have resonated with any officers considering a death sentence offense against the Commander-in-Chief.

          Liked by 5 people

          • 🍺Gunny66 says:

            Well….it seems the President was busy preventing a terrorist attack in Russia….Sundance’s latest post…

            “Yesterday, President Vladimir Putin of Russia called President Donald J. Trump to thank him for information the United States provided that helped foil a potential holiday terrorist attack in Russia.

            Both Presidents committed to continuing counterterrorism cooperation between the two countries. The Presidents also discussed the state of relations between the United States and Russia and future efforts to support effective arms control.”

            It’s called: Delegating Authority…..


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          • YvonneMarie says:

            Agreed !


        • Half? Maybe… my gut says much more than half, and right there with you on having his own spies. Our President is a literal genius, I’m not worried.


    • Dutchman says:

      Its one thing if its a yruly ‘Defensive action’;
      The equivalent of a soldier, or unit or base being fired on, and returning fire.

      Obviously, don’t have to ask the CoC first.
      But, a RETALIATORY strike, where there was no immediate threat, neccesitating acting before briefing the POTUS, and getting his go ahead, is a very different matter.

      And yeah, if THAT IS what happened, PDJT has several options, but obviously CAN NOT allow this to stand.
      This is even more insubordinate than that POS former Sec of Navy.

      Fortunately, he doesn’t need to ask McConnell, before firing Joint Chiefs, although replacements MIGHT need Senate confirmation, I frankly am not sure.
      Shouldn’t, but it seems like POTUS has to ask Senate, before taking a dump.

      I hope we eventually find out exactly WTF happened, here.

      Liked by 1 person

      • El Torito says:

        No immediate threat? Wow.


        • Dutchman says:

          The “targets” for our “defensive” strikes were 250 miles away from where the contractor was killed by a rocket.
          The rocket didn’t come from there.
          Broader question, WTF are we even DOING there?
          So yeah, the people we attacked were no immediate threat.

          Liked by 2 people

      • Someday some in the sinate will get a rather yuge Presidential dump on them, and definitely without permission.

        Who in the sinate is clean? Funny, way way back in teh day, Rome too, had a “sinate”.


        • Dutchman says:

          Is that SINate,? I see what you did there. Lecentiousness is apperently rampant, with all the paid off sexcapades. Corruption seems endemic, too.
          So yeah, SINate, I LIKE it.
          And yeah, if there was ONE honorable Senator, out of the 100 SINators, they would vote to RECESS.
          Notice how McConnell has ‘squishy’ Republicons, and yet has,100 to NOTHING vote on recess?
          Dispels the myth.


  10. Harvey Lipschitz says:

    Reminds me of the time a Fake News reader reporting he was doing nuthin’, she knew what he was supposed to be doin’ and he was in the air surprise visit to troops.

    He may be workin’ on his ham radio license and sending Putin signals to nellie Ohr.
    We know he is raking in emoluments by the millions so he earns a right to have some fun.


  11. nerveman says:

    Iran probably believes a limited engagement would take the heat off the Mullahs at home. A diversion if you will. I believe Trump might strike hard if they continue the tit for tat. They have been warned. Iran is not stupid.


  12. MitchRyderDetroitWheels says:

    You can’t stump the Trump

    Liked by 2 people

  13. R’s twisting Presidential arms via a Senate impeachment vote?

    Liked by 1 person

  14. Santiago1314 says:

    This has been going on; “For weeks and weeks”… Why did we wait, until an American was Killed.???… I realize it was a “Contractor”, but if this was My Son(Who is Stationed over there) I would Be Protesting AT Trump in EVERY Rally he holds.!!!… This Series of “WEAK”/”LATE” Responses to IRAN only emboldens Them.!!!… And NoKo, and Syria, and .???… TRUMP.!!!… Either use The Military over there; OR GET MY SON OUT OF THERE.!!!… He’s NOT A TRIP WIRE.!!!…ARMY is To BREAK Things and KILL the ENEMY.!!!!…. Shitte or Get OFF the Pot.!!! #MAGA and FEARED Again.!!!

    Liked by 5 people

    • Sentient says:

      Pull out entirely. Works for me.

      Liked by 5 people

    • Heika says:

      So if every time a ‘contractor’ or a solider is killed in a meaningless war – we ‘bomb the crap out of’ the place, I doubt there would be a building left in the Middle East. And of note always is how many innocent civilian deaths = 1 contractor. The contractor’s death is just a lever they pulled to do what they wanted to do – create havoc for President Trump in his peaceful reign. NOT ONE WAR STARTED, wars averted and wars stopped. Only one slip up when he was lied to and his daughter was manipulated emotionally by the military and OPWC to plead with him to bomb Syria. Just once. He found out and was mad (his silence said it all and says it all right now). We here know Pres Trump. Silence an indication of his anger, real anger.

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      • yucki says:

        ‘bomb the crap out of’ the place
        Massive exaggeration.
        This was careful targeting after considerable provocation.

        “Breakdown of 19 attacks by pro-Iran forces against US-Intl targets in Iraq in 2019 Most came in 2 big waves 1st in June 2nd Nov-Dec”


    • El Torito says:

      The inaction re Iran has stumped me for years. I really don’t understand how we’ve sat idle while they get closer to Israel and occupy Iraq after the blood and treasure we spent there. I know most here are not hawks like me but why in hell have we ignored this.


  15. Santiago1314 says:

    POTUS probably on his way to NoKo, to sign Peace Treaty.!?!?!?

    Liked by 2 people

    • Perot Conservative says:

      Or a peace treaty with the Taliban?

      The Swamp hates …

      China confrontation; global reset.
      NoKo peace talks.
      Taliban peace talks.
      Announced withdrawal of over 5,000 troops from the Middle East.
      Blexit (no longer drone voters).

      Liked by 7 people

      • Perot Conservative says:

        P.S. Also hate …

        Afghanistan Papers. ($2 Trillion and 2300 lives wasted.)
        Ukraine corruption exposed.
        ONA corruption exposed.
        General Flynn fighting back.

        Liked by 3 people

      • More importantly, the bankster/military industrial complex controlling the swamp hates…

        China confrontation; global reset.
        NoKo peace talks.
        Taliban peace talks.
        Announced withdrawal of over 5,000 troops from the Middle East.
        Blexit (no longer drone voters).

        And so much more… our President knows who the REAL ENEMY is hiding behind the swamp and trillions upon trillions of dollars stolen from the people of the world.


  16. Heika says:

    The bomb heads sneaking around behind Pres Trumps back think they can push him around with more smoke and mirror tricks like they did in Douma. However, this peacemaking president has grown in resolve and commitment to his true values and they do not involve wasting money (trillions) on pointless wars and sustaining senators shares in weapons companies.

    But because RUSSIA…(who has a far more relevant geographical reason to be in ME) the ‘war goons and MSM who use Russia as their scapegoat for everything’ probably got upset when they saw this. Oh look! A president being nice to a president using the security infrastructure to HELP OTHERS not bring down duly elected presidents. So meanwhile while ‘fatboy’ Pompous here rolls out his tough guy act in Syria, Trump saves lives on purpose in Russia. Well done sir, this is how international affairs should be run.

    Liked by 3 people

    • JohnCasper says:

      “who use Russia as their scapegoat for everything’”

      The Russians are “The New Jews”. They get blamed for everything by the same kind of people who blamed the Jews for everything.

      And once CIA always CIA Pompeo has definitely gotten to big for his britches.

      Liked by 4 people

  17. ristvan says:

    This is pretty simple IMO. PDJT is at Mar a Lago, ostensibly on holidy but in reality probably speaking to Xi, Kim, and BoJo.
    He is a CEO. CEO’s delegate. This strike on Hezbollah was merely a proportionate reponse after they attacked our base in Iraq killing one US contractor and wounding four. He probably was not at all involved.
    The strike sent two messages. First, the Iraqis: clean up your act. They were ‘allowing’ this because of the political turmoil in Baghdad. Second, to the Iran mullahs: Knock it off. We don’t only hit with sanctions.

    Liked by 12 people

  18. Randolph Scott says:

    Where is the President? Does anyone have any idea?
    Just asking.

    I don’t trust Pompeo, he has a lot of see eye a rat blood in him.

    Liked by 4 people

  19. Perot Conservative says:

    President Eisenhower: Beware the Military Industrial Complex.

    Did POTUS announce the strike – when we sent some missile’s into Syria when he was having 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream with Chairman Xi?


  20. Streak 264 says:

    They are trying to make POTUS into a war criminal.


  21. Zippy says:

    Will It Be War? U.S. Airstrikes Hit Iranian-Backed Militias As The Pentagon Warns More Military Action May Be Coming
    December 30, 2019

    As I noted earlier, these Iranian-backed militias wouldn’t be doing anything without approval from Tehran. If Trump really wants these rocket attacks to stop, Iranian leaders need to be sent a message that will be clear and unmistakable.

    And it appears that U.S. officials may be starting to lean in that direction. In fact, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper told the press on Sunday that more military action “could be warranted”…

    Pompeo, Defense Secretary Mark Esper and General Mark Milley, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, appeared briefly in a club ballroom to comment on the airstrikes.

    Esper termed the offensive “successful,” but said that Trump was informed that a further military response could be warranted.

    Personally, I don’t know what the Iranians are thinking.

    Perhaps they believe that if they use their proxies to make things uncomfortable enough for U.S. forces that Trump will eventually pull them out of the region.

    But if that is what they are really thinking, they have badly miscalculated.

    Liked by 1 person

  22. Reserved55 says:

    Bolton weighs in.

    Liked by 2 people

  23. Kenney says:

    Possibly just waiting to see Iran’s response. Serious stuff.

    Liked by 1 person

  24. paulmafinga says:

    existing rules of engagement allow for counterstrikes without involving potus, both in syria and iraq, including notifying the russians so they can pull their advisors out. these types of attacks and counterattacks were fairly common over the past few years.

    Liked by 3 people

  25. JohnCasper says:

    The Pentagon has lost all credibility by having us in Afcrapistan for over 18 years now with no progress made in the last 17 years, despite all their lies, and in Iraq for over 17 years with no progress made for well over a decade, despite all their lies. They are totally incompetent and just about everything they touch turns to shiite.

    Liked by 4 people

    • amanda4321 says:

      all on purpose–perpetual war for perpetual profit. They aren’t trying to win anything, they are trying to drag it out so the MIC keeps making $$$$$$$$$$$$$


  26. Parker Longbaugh says:

    The locations hit recently by our military are know assets of Iran’s proxie allies. The President changed the ROE for commanders in the field. They no longer require explicit permission to do their job from the White House as it was under Obama’s regime.
    With a direct attack on Iranian soil by USA it changes the dynamics of negotiating with the Mullahs.
    An image of POTUS associated with these actions presents the wrong message.
    President Trump knows how to leverage unlike any person have known.
    He is brilliant.

    Liked by 4 people

  27. benifranlkin says:

    So Pompeo enables a parade of his disgruntled State Department people to come forward as impeachment witnesses mouthing disdain for the President and his foreign policies and now Pompeo is playing proxy Commander-in-Chief ordering a strike where the Russian pipeline crosses into Syria….hmmmm…and PTrump says notta? At this rate Pompeo should be looking for a job in the private sector….seeing how a 6 year stint as a US Senator just ain’t right for an ex-Congressman, ex-CIA, ex-SOS and part-time Pres…

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  28. Phflipper says:

    Does any of the following make sense militarily?
    “At least 30 rockets launched against the US K-1 base near the oil city of Kirkuk in northern Iraq on Friday, Dec. 27, killed an American civilian contractor and injured 4 US soldiers. Some 11 to 14 exploded inside the base; the rest outside. They were fired from rocket-launching trucks parked outside the facility. The crews then abandoned the launchpads and took off in waiting getaway vehicles.”

    Reads like a stand-down order was in effect inside the base.

    And some two weeks prior there was this:
    “On Dec. 13, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued a strong warning that any attack by Iran or its proxies that “harm Americans, our allies or our interests will be answered with a decisive US response.” He was reacting to more than 10 rocket and mortar attacks against US military facilities in Iraq and the US embassy compound in Baghdad.”


  29. Tango Golf Sierra says:

    I know CTH isn’t hip on Sec Pompeo, but he and SecDef Esper were in the same class at WP. I don’t believe you get more American than that, even though the standards have lowered in recent years.

    Liked by 2 people

    • JohnCasper says:

      Donald Trump didn’t go to West Point and he’s far more American than both of them combined. Ditto Reagan.

      Liked by 2 people

    • jeans2nd says:

      Did you see the pic of the just-graduated WP cadet from a few years ago who tweeted a pic of himself wearing a t-shirt under his uniform that said “communism will win” or words to that effect?

      Not all WP grads are choir boys. Many are more globalist than patriotic.

      Liked by 2 people

    • lolli says:

      I know I don’t trust Esper. I saw him on a news report, he was asked about PT pulling troops out of Syria (this was when it was all hyped up) and Esper reaction was that “they” would make that decision. (Not PT) he was not supportive of PT at all.
      Pompeo, cia, and he left it swampy, state is swampy, but somehow Pompeo is clean? I agree with Sundance, but if I know PT knows, and he will never give in, he will never give up, he will fight to victory. 🇺🇸

      Liked by 3 people

      • G. Alistar says:

        I trust Esper, Pompeo as well as Gen Milley, time will tell they are all on board with the Trump agenda, loyal to the core and most importantly, great Americans. p.s., disagreement is not disrespect.


  30. trialbytruth says:

    Things have gone so deep down the rabbit hole here that if trump tweeted good job to the military some one would claim some one took over his twitter account.

    If he came before cameras today and said hezbohlah hit a trip wire and the limited response was automatic,. There would be claims it was a body double.

    Why would the military take unauthorized military action attacking three hezbhola sites two in iraq and one on syria??? This is no more significant on the middle east stage then Israel taking out hezbhola bases in Gaza or Lebanon.

    Its insignifcant, who cares it doesn’t require a response from POTUS it has no effect on negotiations in afghanistan. It was most likely a Predetermined action with a trip line go ahead.

    It seems some have forgotten that Iraq and Syria are big battlefields that we are and have been engaged in for years. Do you really expect POTUS to look down the barrel of every gun and approve the shot.

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  31. Kay123 says:

    Pres. Trump is learning to be a ruthless politician
    who has been burned badly. He doesn’t know
    who he can trust anymore because there are
    more enemies in government who are anti-American
    than he ever thought could exist.

    He has learned “Loose lips sink ships”. Even Pubs
    are sell-outs, subject to bribes, threats, coups, even murders.
    If we are going to keep our country, “Free” it will cost us.

    Are we going to sit back and let it be stolen, by political
    thieves??? Or are we going to back one of the few good men
    who loves this country? One who shuns corruption, life threats,
    and destroyed financial life.

    Name one other president who refused taxpayer money for a
    paycheck, never will happen again!!!
    ! Obummer is still trying to destabilize and bury
    the US on taxpayers dime…. along with G. Soros.

    Are we going to allow that?

    Liked by 7 people

  32. The Devilbat says:

    Iran is the only major country on the planet today where the Rothschild’s do not control the banking. This guarantees that our next war will be with Iran. The Rothschild family have started every war since the time of Napoleon Bonaparte for their own profit.

    Liked by 3 people

  33. wjb105 says:

    It could be they don’t want to escalate the situation. I do think the president revenges every soldier killed. That happened in Somalia and in Afghanistan too.

    Liked by 2 people

  34. trapper says:

    Something’s up.. Several dots just hanging there. NY attack, Syria strike, Texas church attack. New Year’s eve tomorrow. PDJT tweet silence.

    Texas has gone dark since the shooting, and the dead attacker has still not been identified. Normally I would say that suggests they have found a trail and need time to either 1) follow it, or 2) cover it up. But this being Texas, I would say they are doggedly following it wherever it takes them and they are still working it 30 hours later.

    So, I now see it this way: military blew up some garages in Iraq as a cover for the Sec State, Sec Def, and Chmn Jt Chiefs to make an emergency trip to Florida to brief PDJT in person on something. Then that presser to maintain the cover. Something’s up.

    There is something in the wind. You can smell it. Be alert out there.

    Liked by 1 person

  35. fisman45459 says:

    Imo I think President Trump is just laying low and letting the commanders on the ground do what they have to do. Pompeo and the others went to Mar largo to tell President Trump exactly what went on and gave details. To many people listening etc to cause trouble. President Trump gave the Iranians enough rope. For now he is not going to tweet about these actions our military performed because he’s not going to brush the hair of the dog (Iran) the wrong way just yet. He waiting to see what Iran does. If Iran retaliates then I think President Trump is going to let the our military have at it. President Trump does not like war but he’s no fool either. He has my complete trust. He knows what he’s doing and what is going on.

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  36. Landslide says:

    President Trump put a video clip on Instagram from Pompeo’s Fox & Friends appearance. This was several hours ago.


  37. Johnny Boost says:

    Not many people are paying attention to politics and international relations right now because of the holiday. I’m not sure I’d consider Trump’s lack of involvement to be nefarious in any way. More like that Trump doesn’t consider this to be a good use of his political capital right now.

    Liked by 2 people

  38. MNBV says:

    I had no idea that Iran had established military bases inside Iraq.
    What’s going on? Surely they should all be urgently obliterated by air, the same ISIS?


    • Sentient says:

      Proxies of Iran, not Iranian forces were hit. Kataib Hezbollah, they’re being called.


      • yucki says:

        KH is one of the most prominent of the Shia militias in Iraq, known collectively as the Hashd al-Sha’abi, or the Popular Mobilization Forces. It’s Iran’s Foreign Legion of mostly Iraqis, organized by Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) commander Qassem Suleimani.

        These proxies are extraterritorial, not Iranian Armed Forces. Like the Houthis in Yemen and Hezbollah in Lebanon, they’re meant to expand the Iran Revolution beyond borders. Shia über alles. This is an imperial endeavor, an attempt to consolodate a PERSIAN/Shia Crescent where the vast majority is ARAB and Sunni.


  39. Jerry Joe says:

    After twice listening to Pompeo, what remains unclear is whether POTUS summoned he and the DoD to Mara Lago or both are trying to get ahead of a POTUS’ pre-briefing response. Clearly, there was a bilateral decision between the two in reliance upon some general prior tacit approvals without direct authorization for this specific exercise of a military response to a non-military death. POTUS was left out of their circle.

    No surprise that Pompeo appears unsure of his future as he takes the lead from the island he and the DoD now own. I expect the only response from POTUS is referral back to that island for answers.

    POTUS bends over backwards for our military, even at our expense to its out of control spending, without objection or complaint. I suspect Pompeo’s interview marks the start of some fallout within the military and its high time any remaining white hats step up and reign it in.

    Keep thinking Sundance needs to add another meme of POTUS with words to the effect: “Shit like this is why I win.”


  40. Linus in W.PA. says:

    I feel Pompeo is a decent guy.

    Sure, he may have reached his ‘peter-principal’ limit with Trump, but I don’t know that.

    We seem to want each of these ‘key players’ to behave in every way that we want; they must be people just like us……

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  41. scrap1ron says:

    This wasn’t a drone the Iranians shot down. They killed an American and wounded others. I have to imagine that President Trump delegated the authority for using deadly physical force in just such a situation. Kill Americans? Beat down coming.

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    • Jerry Joe says:

      Special rules, beat downs, only for in the Middle East then? No military response to the cartels’ unexplainable massacre of 9 Americans in Mexico last month. That act alone would have been worth 59 Patriot missiles to some cartel HQs – no problema…


      • G. Alistar says:

        Not an expert but it seems a lot more practical to program the locations of several Syrian air bases into 60 Tomahawk missiles located close by in US Navy submarines than to take any type of US military action on sovereign Mexican soil. Just sayin’


  42. Doug Amos says:

    Pompeo is all Sundance; far over our heads We are behind Sundance all the way and trust him completely. Other than President Trump, no one else falls into that category. The only personal insight on Pompeo is his immense wealth; usually that accompanies a personal agenda.


  43. MaineCoon says:


    1. Tehran Times 12.30.2019 article: “Zarif says Iran, Russia Seeking Regional Peace”,

    “Unlike others who fuel war in our region, Iran and Russia have proposed important initiatives for the regional peace,” Zarif said during a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Moscow.”

    2. Putin calls PDJT 12.29.2019

    Date: December 30, 2019 at 10:38:32 AM EST
    Subject: Out of town pool report 3 — Putin call readout
    Deputy WH press secretary Hogan Gidley has sent over this statement:

    “Yesterday, President Vladimir Putin of Russia called President Donald J. Trump…”

    3. “With strong indications that President Trump is working earnestly to remove U.S. troops from Afghanistan, the tail of the war machine is predisposed to wag the dog.”

    He’s working peace agreement with Taliban (can’t find link)

    4.”Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mike Miley traveled to Mar-a-Lago today to brief President Trump on issues around the middle-east. The three leaders also held a press briefing this evening about U.S. military strikes that took place earlier today.

    At the beginning of his remarks Secretary Pompeo stated “we came to Florida today to brief the president on activities that have taken place in the Middle East over the course of the last 72 hours.” Additionally Pompeo said he would let Esper discuss “the military aspects but I wanted to put into context our policy with respect to the Islamic Republic of Iran.””
    PDJT silence, lack of presence/comments:

    1. signaling Russia, Taliban, Iran he wasn’t involved in the decision to strike, (per many posts it, isn’t required as PT early in President untied militaries hands)

    2. allows Pompeo & Esper to face the public so Putin, Taliban, Iran will not lose trust in PT’s negotiations

    3. puts Pompeo in the hot seat, publicly, in a negative stance, giving PT public support if he fires/resigns Pompe after 2020

    4. at 7:10 of F&F’s vid, Pompeo refers to staying as SoS, “As long as PT wants me to work in the [SoS] capacity, there’s work to be done.” …….begging for his job

    5. stays in bac ground so Piglosi can’t add impeachment article that POTUS overreaching his authority by advancing war w/o Congress having declared war (she’s crazy and evil; Lawfare would do anything, imo)


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  44. JohninMK says:

    First, in the fog of war no-one seems to know who actually attacked the Americans. So to blindly blame the Iranians with no proof smells of other past US reactions in the ME. Indeed the Iranians are probably the last people who want to initiate this kind of activity. Why not ISIS or even the Israelis, who apparently had already attacked one of these attacked sites a few months back?

    Secondly, rather than being Iranian controlled, the attacked Popular Mobilization Forces units, (Kataeb Hezbollah are part of the 45 and 46 brigades of Hashd al-Shaabi) whilst indeed starting out as Iranian backed anti ISIS militia units, hence the Hezbollah in their name, have for a while now been an integrated part of the Iraqi Army. They are paid, armed and receive their salary from Baghdad. They are under the Prime Minister’s command even if their ideology favours Iran. This is now part of the problem. The USAF has just attacked the Iraqi Army without solid proof of guilt.

    Thirdly, whilst there is a chance now of US forces in Iraq being targeted on a much greater scale, they have 20+ dead to avenge as opposed to the single American, it will probably not happen at least for a while. The strategy will probably be to drain US resources by forcing them to remain on alert just in case.

    Fourthly, the incident has piled on the pressure in Iraq for the US forces to go home. The clerics in Iraq, a major power base, have reacted very strongly meaning that the politicians will have to at least make a lot of noise. If the US is forced to leave that kinda means they have to pull out of eastern Syria as well since that operation is supported from Iraq. Ironically the Iranians probably want the US to remain in Iraq, close enough to almost be hostages and certainly a ‘canary in the mine’ warning of future events.

    There is currently a major political crisis going on in Iraq. Maybe the US expected this event to play out in their favour. If they did they may well have achieved the reverse, an Iraq finally united against the US.

    One thing is certain, the US is now the expert in making people hate them. Very sad to those of us who are your allies.


    • DebbieSemms says:

      Indeed the Iranians are probably the last people who want to initiate this kind of activity. Why not ISIS or even the Israelis”

      I find your reasoning sickening.


  45. Petrel says:

    Not mentioned so far, Hezbollah in southern Lebanon has over 20,000 missiles aimed at Israel. President Trump has no intention of sacrificing thousands of Israelis to suit MIC hawks in the USA.

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  46. WSB says:

    MacGreggor is on with Mark Steyn right now, on Tucker’s show. He asks why our response targets were 250 miles away and had been removing ISIS and other bad actors?

    He believes our President has been ‘skillfully misinformed’.


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  47. ChampagneReady says:

    Now he’s on his way this week to Ukraine. I don’t trust him in the least or what he’s up to.

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  48. yucki says:

    Dec 22, backgrounder, KH:
    Instrument Of Iran’s Power In Iraq And Syria Kataib Hezbollah

    As the insurgency grew at the beginning of 2014, many of Iraq’s militias began mobilizing to face the threat. One of those was Kataib Hezbollah (KH), the Hezbollah Brigades. In 2007 the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps Quds Force (IRGC – QF) formed the group as a small elite unit to attack U.S. forces in Iraq. Its leader was Abu Mahdi Muhandis, a former member of Dawa and the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq, who now acts as a representative of Quds Force commander General Qasim Suleimani in Iraq. In 2012 KH was deployed to Syria by Tehran to support the government of Bashar al-Assad, and in 2014 it refocused upon Iraq to fight insurgents there. From the day it was formed until today Kataib Hezbollah has acted as a means for Iran to project its influence into Syria and Iraq.…


    • yucki says:

      The possible ramifications of US airstrikes on Hashd al-Shaabi
      …The US described the attacks as “precision defensive airstrikes” and said the targets struck included command and control centres and weapon storage facilities used by the group for organizing attacks against its forces.

      These airstrikes were significant given the fact they are the first time the US deliberately targeted and killed fighters belonging to Iraq’s state-sanctioned Shiite-majority Hashd al-Shaabi paramilitary.

      Before the Kirkuk attack, Washington had warned Tehran that it might take such action.…

      … it’s likely that the US strikes “were carried out by forces not based in Iraq and not part of Operation Inherent Resolve, so there is no violation of the rules regarding US forces based in Iraq.”

      He’s sceptical that any increased tensions between the US and groups like Kataib Hezbollah in Iraq could seriously undermine the coalition’s anti-ISIS operations, arguing that this has essentially happened already.

      “The Iran backed militias like Kataib Hezbollah already greatly reduce the amount of assistance the Coalition can provide in the anti-ISIS fight by restricting US ground movement, closing airspace to Coalition aircraft and distracting coalition forces with rocket attacks on their bases,” he said.

      “So the disruption has already been going on for months.”


    • yucki says:

      …turns out US Secretary of defense briefed resigned PM Adel about the operation half an hour before it was conducted.


      • yucki says:

        Ugly critter al-Muhandes:


        • yucki says:

          from the UAE perspective:
          US hits Iran-backed militia in Syria and Iraq after Kirkuk base attack
          Five Kataib Hezbollah locations bombed in response to recent rocket attack that killed a US contractor

          The defence department said Mr Esper and Mr Abdul Mahdi “shared with each other their commitment to seeing these” Kataib Hezbollah attacks on Iraqi security forces and Operation Inherent Resolve forces “cease once and for all”.

          There have been repeated attacks on bases housing US troops across Iraq and near the US embassy in Baghdad in recent months amid escalating tension between America and Iran.

          Mr Trump withdrew from the 2015 Iran nuclear accord with world powers last year and reimposed sanctions on Tehran.

          The US also blamed Iran for attacks on shipping in the Arabian Gulf in recent months, and a massive attack on Aramco oil installations in Saudi Arabia.

          Tehran has denied the claims.


  49. Bowman says:

    No one has mentioned Shia versus Sunni or Iran attempts to take over Iraq. Despite Iraq government complaint they may have agreed to or even asked for this action. They have been trying to shut down the Shia militias. The (Sunni) Taliban peace negotiators would definitely approve. That particular dog has been hunting for 1,200 years.


  50. leavemygunsalone says:

    Pompeo looks like he has dropped a few pounds. Just an observation.


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