Pompeo Nomination Threatens Iran Deal, Increases Risk of War

One source said Kelly had been trying to protect Tillerson as long as he could, but that Trump had grown tired of Tillerson's tendency to contradict the president on a variety of issues and had been telling friends he was about to dump him. She was only recently named deputy director.

"If the Europeans make it clear that what we (the United States) are asking for is going too far, then we'll know, but as soon as they say that, Europe is signing the deal's death warrant", said a White House official, familiar with the internal battles that have taken place over the Iran deal.

Paul could make the process hard, particularly for Pompeo. Waterboarding, constricted confinement in a box for long periods of time, humiliation, forced feeding through the rectum and numerous other painful procedures were used. "Will he be tougher on Russian Federation?"

Rex Tillerson, who was sacked Tuesday as secretary of state, always concluded that Iran was complying as global monitors have reported, although not in its "spirit".

"Both these nominations seem perfectly well-qualified", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Tuesday.

Pompeo supports the National Security Agency and has said "legal and bureaucratic impediments to surveillance should be removed".

All this changed with the arrival of Donald Trump and his eternal flirtation with violence and the radicalization of American positions when it comes to National Security, now giving a second opportunity "to shine" to the agent Haspel, who must face the questions of the Senators in the Capitol to be able to be assigned in the position.

Gina Haspel, deputy director of the CIA, would become the agency's first woman director of the CIA. When Trump made a decision to bomb Syria in response to chemical weapons attacks last April, she was among the officials in the White House situation room. McCain said she "needs to explain the nature and extent of her involvement in the CIA's interrogation program" during her confirmation.

Paul said, "My opposition to [Haspel] is over her direct participation in interrogation and her lethal enjoyment at the suffering of someone being tortured". "It's no secret I've had concerns in the past with her connection to the Central Intelligence Agency torture program and have spent time with her discussing this".

In 2013, California Democratic Sen.

'The current deputy director of the CIA (Haspel) was a central figure in one of the most illegal and shameful chapters in modern United States history, Christopher Anders, deputy director of the legislative office of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), said in a statement.

In 2015, Pompeo voted against a deal that the Obama administration negotiated to remove some worldwide economic sanctions on Iran.

With Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's departure, who will put the brake on President Donald Trump's erratic foreign policy impulses? "He has downplayed Russia's attack on our democracy, at times contradicting the intelligence community he is supposed to lead". We must hope that as secretary of state, he recognizes the need to partner with his colleagues in occasionally pushing back. McCain, who is being treated for a brain tumor, has not voted in months.

Paul's opposition to Pompeo will be more immediately felt because he serves on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where the GOP enjoys just a one-seat advantage.

Following Tuesday's news, at least two Democratic senators, Tammy Duckworth of IL and Ron Wyden of OR, signaled that they did not support Haspel's promotion.

Foreign Affairs Chairman Bob Corker could send Pompeo to a full Senate vote if Democrats on the committee vote them down along with Senator Paul.

In other words, the institutional memory and the systems upon which America's foreign policy has always been constructed is being undermined in favour of the transactional relationships preferred by Mr Trump, marketed as his America First philosophy.

"Yet no sanctions have been levied", he said.

  • Leroy Wright