This is an excerpt from the 2018 Steve Dustcircle book, Trump’s Cabinet: The Rise of Each Appointed Deplorable, available in ebook and paperback from Amazon.com. The book contains links to multiple references and citations.
MIKE POMPEO | C.I.A. DIRECTOR
The Central Intelligence Agency was formed in 1947 during the presidency of Harry S. Truman, as a knee jerk reaction to the attack on Pearl Harbor. The CIA is an intelligence agency of the U.S. government to keep tabs on foreign countries, leaders and citizens. They also keep an eye on Americans’ behavior and safety in other countries. It merely watches and gathers information, and does not act like a police agency, though it is known to carry out some covert and controversial operations.
The Director of the CIA used to be in the big chair, but now adheres to the command of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI). They also interface with Congress and the President of the United States, and give intel support to the military.
The CIA has a $15 billion budget and employs at least 20,000 people.
President Trump placed in charge of the CIA a Kansas gentleman by the name of Michael Pompeo, one who known to rub the back of Koch Industries and slow dance with oil and gas companies. Trump calls Pompeo “unrelenting.”
Mike Pompeo received his education at the United States Military Academy (West Point) and Harvard University.
Pompeo only served in the Army for four years “patrolling the Iron Curtain before the fall of the Berlin Wall” (he boasts), and reached the rank of Captain after doing a Gulf War tour.
He is married and has one child, and served for six years in the Kansas House of Representatives after working as an attorney for Williams & Connolly and trying his hand successfully at business.
Mike Pompeo is a affiliated with the Tea Party, a loose branch of the Republican Party.
Pompeo won the primaries mostly because he talked two organizations into dumping tens of thousands of dollars in attack ads against two of his most challenging opponents.
In the general election, he defeated Democrat Raj Goyle, after obtaining a healthy donation from the Koch Brothers of $80,000 to utilize in campaigning. He won by almost 60% of the vote. The following elections in 2012, 2014 and 2016, he won by at least 60% each time. He was endorsed by the National Rifle Association (NRA).
During this time, he has served on several committees, mostly dealing with intelligence, commerce, and energy. He also served on the one regarding the events of 2012’s Benghazi, but he had no direct espionage experience.
Mike Pompeo is known to be pro-pipeline development, and is a bit hazy when he tries to justify his stance on being anti-climate science. Climate deniers tend to be for pipeline drilling, fracking and natural gas and oil profiting. One can only guess why one hand tends to hold the other, but most assume it’s not about the health and safety of the people.
Mike Pompeo is against wind and solar energy, against the Affordable Care Act, against labeling genetically modified foods, against closing Guantanamo Bay, and is against whistle-blowers like Edward Snowden.
What is he not against? Guns—and surveillance.
The irony of Pompeo being in charge of the CIA is that it’s the very agency that President Trump had been feuding with. Allegedly, this cabinet appointment will help bridge the agency and the current White House.
The political fray of what Pompeo is used to, one can wonder how he’ll do with such a secretive organization? He will essentially have to “go dark,” as former House Intelligence Committee member Jane Harman puts it.
He had been known to launch random, outspoken tweets, complaining about Obama or Clinton. His Twitter account has been deleted recently.
Dispassion is going to have to be the Director of the CIA’s countenance. Give information without feeling one way or another about it, and let the decision-makers decide what to do with the info.
Pompeo is known to be pro-torture, though ironically he claims he is pro-life. He is against closing “black sites” and CIA prisons:
To crush these terrorists abroad, we need to use all the legal means in our toolbox to take them on. This means empowering our intelligence agencies to do their jobs and track terrorist activity. Less intelligence capacity equals less safety. … We cannot expect our intelligence professionals to prevent terrorist attacks while handcuffing them at the same time.
EFF’s Ernesto Falcon says that Pompeo tends to lay hefty blame on the Muslim community when problems arose internationally whilst he was in Congress. For a fraction of the bad apples, Pompeo doesn’t seem to have the know-how to separate emotional irrationality from stable reason.
He feels that Edward Snowden is a traitor—not a corruption exposer—and should be given the death sentence.
What with Trump holding Putin’s hand and the American-Russian ties now, Snowden might actually be sent back to the USA for assassination.
One thing that wouldn’t surprise any of us: after seeing how Pompeo tried to handle Hillary Clinton about Benghazi, we might see a return of such harassment on Mrs. Clinton even though she’s been cleared of any wrong-doing…twice.
Trivia: The only Republican to vote against Pompeo’s confirmation hearing was Rand Paul of Kentucky.