Biggest Koch Whore In Congress Is New US Secretary Of State

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Of all the congressional representatives who have suckled themselves at the breast of the Koch brothers and their friends, Mike Pompeo is the champion. Before becoming director of the CIA under Donald Judas Trump, Pompeo served three terms in the House of Representatives as a congressman from Kansas. During that time, he accepted more money from the Koch brothers and their evil empire than any other person serving in the House or the Senate — just shy of $1,000,000 according to OpenSecrets.org.

During his confirmation hearing for the director of the CIA, Pompeo bobbed and weaved around his stance on climate change (he thinks it’s a bunch of hooey, by the way). “Frankly, as the director of CIA, I would prefer today not to get into the details of the climate debate and science,” he told the Senate according to a report by ThinkProgress. He may have had a point then, but his new job as Secretary of State is directly connected to how the United States deals with the issue on the world stage. Don’t expect Pompeo to have any different opinions on the subject than he has in the past.

In 2015, he described the Paris climate accords as a “costly burden,” adding that “Congress must also do all in our power to fight against this damaging climate change proposal and pursue policies that support American energy, create new jobs, and power our economy” — spoken like a true believer who has been nurtured by the unending flow of money from the Koch brothers. He is proof, assuming we needed any, that the United States government is for sale to the highest bidder.

While Barak Obama was president, Pompeo was dismissive of his Clean Power Plan and support for the Paris climate accords. He described both as a “perverse fixation on achieving [Obama’s] economically harmful environmental agenda” and as “worshiping a radical environmental agenda” — words taken directly from the Koch Brothers playbook. Yup, that’s right, Mikey. Not poisoning our children and rendering the Earth unfit for human habitation is a radical agenda, compared to the suicidal policies of those who pay you to follow their unholy script. What a wonderful Stepford politician you turned out to be!

According to The Guardian, Pompeo is expected to ratchet up pressure on North Korea, virtually guaranteeing the talks scheduled for May go nowhere. He is also an advocate for scrapping the Iran deal, a move that would plunge the Middle East into even more chaos. As Secretary of State, he will have tremendous influence over how the US supports renewable energy development in countries around the world. The expectation is that he will hinder rather than help that process.

Like Tillerson before him, Pompeo has no diplomatic experience and is woefully incapable of running the State Department effectively. Which makes him just another member of the gang of incompetent deplorables Trump has surrounded himself with since taking office. Like the queen in Snow White, Trump is only interested in sycophants who will bow and scrape to curry favor with the world’s most prominent narcissist in modern history. The State Department has become irrelevant under Trump. Expect things at Foggy Bottom to go from bad to worse.


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