WASHINGTON, DC- One of the greatest losses the American people will suffer next week when Biden is sworn in as president is the loss of Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State.
Pompeo has been one of the true shining stars in the four years of the Trump administration. On Friday, Pompeo warned Republican lawmakers that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is “inside the gates.”
As the Epoch Times reported, when Ronald Reagan was president, in speaking to the Soviet Union Reagan always warned Americans that we should “trust, but verify.” For Pompeo, the saying is similar, but starkly different; “Distrust and verify.”
In a meeting with the conservative Republican Study Committee, Mr. Pompeo said that as a former lawmaker he has always been aware of the threat imposed by China upon the United States, however did not appreciate “the scope and the scale and the nature” of how close the threat was until he became CIA director, Breitbart News reported.
“This fight is inside the gates today…Containing where they are today leaves them in our institutions of higher learning. It leaves them in our high schools; it leaves them in our PTA groups.
It leaves them inside our city councils and our state legislatures all across America. This is a deep effort that has been going on for 50 years. Republicans and Democrats alike refuse to deal with it, and we started to and did,” he said.
“We not only got it right, and frankly, I think there is some bipartisan basis, I hope, that we can continue to get this right,” he added.
Unfortunately, Biden will not be anywhere near as tough on China and has in the past dismissed the threat that China poses to the United States. There is also the issue of possible business ties between members of his family and the CCP, as we have previously reported on.
There is also the issue of Congressional Democrats refusing to address the Chinese threats. Even when it was discovered that Rep. Eric Swallwell (D-CA) had an affair with a Chinese spy, he still sits on the House Intelligence Committee and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has shown no interest in removing him from that spot.
The United States has been aware of the danger the CCP poses to our country, Pompeo noted going all the way back to Tiananmen Square. Yet despite knowing how such regimes have operated throughout history, the United States ignored it.
Pompeo identified Chinese oppression of Muslim Uyghurs in the western part of China, how they treated Tibetans in the past, and the current oppression of people in Mongolia and northern China. He noted the oppression of religious minorities throughout the country.
Pompeo said that the Trump administration had worked to build an enormous coalition” with numerous countries, including India, Australia, Japan and South Korea, as well as some parts of Europe in order to oppose Chinese influence and global spread. Pompeo noted that 120 international telecommunications companies have refused to incorporate any Chinese technology in their systems.
“This is about the West and our ideas. This is not the United States versus China, and we have to get this right, and we need partners and friends to do it,” he said.
“A substantial number of international businesses have seen the political risk in China as different from what they thought it was three or four years ago…This is a place that has fundamentally shifted under Xi Jinping in a way that is different from the Chinese Communist Party of even 20 years ago.”
Mr. Pompeo further told the group that while it would be a financial dost to push back against the CCP regime, it is important for lawmakers to be upfront with their constituents as to the risk of continuing to do business with the communist regime.
“You all need to remind everyone that if your kids and grandkids desire to live in a Western society, one that is not dominated by Chinese telecommunications infrastructure, and Chinese ideas and philosophies that come from the East that are very different from the rule of law and basic human dignity that we have, then there’s going to be some cost attached to that,” Pompeo continued.
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Pompeo complained that for over 50 years, people refused to push back on the Chinese, taking advantage of “cheap stuff” and that Americans felt they “could have it all.” Businesses felt that they could get off cheap by outsourcing jobs to China in order to take advantage of cheap labor.
“We can allow them to do this; don’t worry [about] the leverage they gain from having these enormous supply chains. By the way, put TikTok on your phone, no worries.”
Pompeo noted that there was a failure to warn people that by putting Chinese apps such as TikTok on cell phones, “your children’s most private personal information is in the hands of some really, really bad actors that mean ready ill for America.”
He continued that while the information may only be stored “in the clouds or the hard drive for a while, may not put it to use, but collectively, the data set that they develop will be used in a way that puts our young men and women at risk and puts American freedom at risk,” Pompeo said.
Pompeo also admonished the group to stand up to China, while saying that India had banned about 300 apps from China, and within two months there were replacements for more than half of them.
“”They aren’t ten feet tall. They have enormous challenges. And we need to go use the tools that we have, the power that we have, to impose real costs on them in a way that will shape their behavior, in a way that reflects the understanding that we have about how the West must win, and how the United States must protect its own,” Pompeo continued.
Pompeo said that in his ten years in national public service, six years in Congress and four years serving the Trump administration, putting trust in anything coming out of China is, in his words “folly.”
“They’ve broken promise after promise after promise, not just promises to the United States, promises to the world, promises to the people of Hong Kong, promises to their own people in mainland China, a promise to President Obama that says they wouldn’t militarize the South China Sea.”
Speaking about the Wuhan China virus, Pompeo noted the fact that China still has not allowed the World Health Organization to begin its investigation into the origins of the virus, although sources this week say that may be forthcoming soon.
Pompeo said the CCP regime had been promising they would allow investigators to look into the origins of the virus for quite some time.
Pompeo wouldn’t address the possibility that the release of the virus may have been tied into the presidential election, noting that he “can’t say much” and the intelligence community would need to “complete their work and issue their report as appropriate.”
Pompeo noted that Chinese diplomats in the United States are not engaged with behavior consistent with what diplomats are supposed to do and highlighted the closing of the Chinese consulate in Houston. He warned that the American people “need to be on guard.”
“…the Chinese Communist Party is not acting in a way that is in America’s interest. And the leadership of the United States has to be very clear with the American people about that.”
Guessing Biden won’t be all that interested in doing that.
Pompeo finished his remarks:
“It goes back, it reminds us of the greatness of America and how smart and capable our Founders were and why that is so central to the successes that our nation has had. These rights matter. If all rights, if everything becomes a right, our foreign policy can be delivered in a way that is principled. And I wanted to get us back to that tradition.”
The next time you hear about American greatness from Biden or any Democrat will be the first time.
Secretary Pompeo, we are going to miss you.
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Author: Pat Droney