The Pompeo Bolton Tag Team from Hell

Renee Parsons

There was little pretense that when former UN Ambassador John Bolton became President Trump’s National Security Adviser and former Rep. Mike Pompeo moved into the Secretary of State position, that either would bring a professionally credible and respectable presence to world diplomacy or foreign affairs.

It is fair to say that both have surpassed any of the bleak expectations and proven to be more extreme in their ideology, more personally amoral and malevolent than previously feared. What we are seeing now is as if all constraints have been removed with free rein to fulfil their zio-neocon agendas specifically against Venezuela and Iran.

While speaking to a student audience recently at Texas A&M University, Pompeo revealed his utter contempt for a democratic government based on the rule of law when he bragged about “lying, cheating and stealing” as CIA Director. To an audience of undergraduates which clapped and laughed throughout, Pompeo offered

What’s the cadet motto at West Point? You will not lie, cheat or steal or tolerate those who do. I was the CIA Director. We lied, we cheated, we stole. [laughing as if he had said something humorous] We had entire training courses. [Audience applause and cheers] It reminds you of the glory of the American experiment.”

First in his class at West Point and a graduate of Harvard Law School, Pompeo prides himself on having “come to an understanding of Jesus that fundamentally changed” his life as a cadet and today claims to be a “man of faith.”

It is not clear who Pompeo thinks he is kidding with the religious fervor schtick, but for sure it is not any divine deity which will one day sit in Judgment on his character and integrity. The Texas A&M exchange reveals an unscrupulous bully who knows no limit to his omnipotence and a willingness to condone war crimes on behalf of the disreputable Empire he serves.

Keynote speaker at AIPAC’s 2019 conference, Pompeo proved where his fidelity lies when he declared “Let me go on record: Anti-zionism is anti-semitism.” which has become the new rallying cry for the poor, beleaguered state of Israel.

As the State Department is now defining the term ‘anti-Zionism,’ Pompeo appointed Elan Carr as Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism with the ultimate goal to intimidate and criminalize critics of Israel’s foreign policy objectives.

In describing his responsibilities, Carr’s stated priorities will be to “reduce the feelings of insecurity,’ review ‘indoctrination of antisemitic textbooks” and “focus relentlessly on eradicating this false distinction between anti-Zionism and anti-semitism.”

It takes living in a simulated reality to not grasp the distinction between criticism of Israel’s apartheid policy toward the Palestinians and its belligerent foreign policy in the Middle East and a genuine prejudice or discrimination based on one’s religious preference or ethnic differences.

At his press briefing, Carr was immediately in the weeds and lost total control of the narrative before being shut down by the State Department official spokesman.

As a one dimensional thinker, Mr Carr never described who or how anti-semitism will be identified. Will the State Department issue a weekly list of anti-Semitic offenders and what will be the penalty? Will State provide a list of forbidden anti-semitic words? How will deliberate intent be determined?

If a non-jew utters words like apartheid, yenta, yarmulke or illegal settlements, will they be considered proof of anti-Semitic? Will the Nazis still be permitted to march in Skokie? Will the tech giants rewrite their algorithms to search for ‘banned’ words?

On April 10th, Omar Barghouti, a prominent Palestinian human rights defender and a co-founder of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement was denied entry by the US Consulate before departing Ben Gurion Airport despite having valid travel documents and having visited the US previously. Barghouti responded that:

Supporters of Israeli apartheid in the US are desperately trying to deny US lawmakers, media, diverse audiences at universities, a bookstore and a synagogue, their right to listen, first-hand, to a Palestinian human rights advocate calling for ending US complicity in Israel’s crimes against our people.”

In a 2016 report, the International Criminal Court chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda initiated an investigation into possible war crimes in Afghanistan involving the torture of 61 prisoners committed by the US Army and the torture and rape of 27 prisoners committed by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) at CIA prison sites in Poland, Romania and Lithuania.

In response to the ICC inquiry in 2018, Bolton warned:

We will ban its judges and prosecutors from entering the United States. We will sanction their funds in the US financial system, and we will prosecute them in the US criminal system. We will do the same for any company or state that assists an ICC investigation of Americans,”

In March 2019, Pompeo repeated the ICC threats with no apology in a straight forward defense of torture and war criminals.

Since 1998, the US has declined to join the ICC because of its broad unaccountable prosecutorial powers and the threat it poses to American national sovereignty.

We are determined to protect the American and allied military and civilian personnel from living in fear of unjust prosecution for actions taken to defend our great nation.

I’m announcing a policy of US visa restrictions on those individuals directly responsible for any ICC investigation of US personnel. These visa restrictions may also be used to deter ICC efforts to pursue allied personnel, including Israelis without allies consent.

These visa restrictions will not be the end of our efforts. We are prepared to take additional steps, including economic sanctions, if the ICC does not change course,”

After the Court responded that it would continue its investigation with “war crimes and crimes against humanity were, and continue to be, committed by foreign government forces in Afghanistan,” Reference to ‘allied” personnel and Israeli involvement in US war crimes remains impenetrable. True to his word, in early April Pompeo revoked the visa for Bensouda.

In a devastating setback for the ICC, its pre-trial chamber recently refused to approve the investigation from moving forward citing a lack of US cooperation. Certainly the Pompeo – Bolton threat to criminally prosecute and personally sanction the Court’s judges or that the US would ‘use any means necessary ” had nothing to do with that decision. Bensouda says she will appeal the chamber’s decision.

After the January meeting with North Korea ended in failure, NK’s Deputy Defense Minister, who took part in the meeting, revealed that while Trump had shown a willingness to lift some sanctions based on NK’s moratorium on missile tests, he was later overridden by Pompeo and Bolton who brought “an atmosphere of hostility and mistrust” to the table with their “gangster like behavior.”

As the zio-neocons continue to move on Venezuela and/or Iran as uncontrollable malevolent fiends, loose cannons with no concept of international law or the need for global harmony, men of no conscience and no morality, it is only a matter of time before cosmic law balances the scale.

Renee Parsons has been a member of the ACLU’s Florida State Board of Directors and president of the ACLU Treasure Coast Chapter. She has been an elected public official in Colorado, an environmental lobbyist for Friends of the Earth and staff member of the US House of Representatives in Washington DC. She can be found on Twitter @reneedove31


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May 23, 2019 3:28 PM

The criminal US regime and its satraps like Blair and Macron have been rampaging around the planet for the past 70 years like Nazi Germany on steroids, slaughtering, starving and immiserating scores of millions. In fact its record actually makes the Third Reich quite sane and moderate by comparison, if only because its depredations have encompassed the whole world for a much longer period of time and caused incomparably greater human suffering. The good news is that this is all gradually coming to an end and things have already started to run down. The current arrogance and aggression of the Ziocon Empire epitomised by creatures like Bolton and Pompeo is very much a last hurrah. They are doubling down and going for broke, driving their countries over a cliff. All their current adventures in Iran, Venezuela, China, Russia, Syria and elsewhere will enjoy no greater success than all their previous… Read more »

May 23, 2019 7:15 AM

Is it time for Steve Bell’s impression of UK’s ex-PM Cameron to wear a yarmulke? Ask Yenta?

–Proud to be antiFAsCemitic

May 23, 2019 5:52 PM
Reply to  Robbobbobin

He could set up a club with “I Am A Fervent Zionist” Johnson, “Je Suis Juif” May, and “I Am A Proud Zionist” Watson. But it could get a bit crowded if all the 30 Shekel Whores in the Tory Friends of Israel and Labout Friends of Israel join as well.

Rhys Jaggar
Rhys Jaggar
May 22, 2019 10:57 AM

The real debate should concern whether Pompeo or Bolton possess any traits within them defined as being human, thereby introducing into public discourse their associated lack of right to human rights as they are simply genocidal animals. It is particularly important that Pompeo should receive the sort of torture he inflicted on others as an inhumane psychopath leading torture programmes in SE Asia. This must be done on live mass media as it is imperative that all Americans have the chance to be vomiting on the streets after truly understanding what has been done in their names. It cannot be a one off: Americans must be bombarded for 25 years with all the acts of genocidal barbarism their Government Agencies have perpetrated. You know: mass killing of black Americans through black ops drug trafficking into US. CIA murderers, take a bow. Your country wishes to give each of you a… Read more »

May 23, 2019 7:25 AM
Reply to  Rhys Jaggar

Excessive. It would be more humane and sporting, not to say diplomatic and poetic, to sit Pompeo on Bolton’s face for an hour or two then see onto whom the moustache sticks.

May 21, 2019 10:10 PM

Here is another mentally ill ZioCon scumbag, John McCain, openly displaying his foul mindset:

Ben Trovata
Ben Trovata
May 21, 2019 5:00 PM

Readers,consider this:”First in his class at West Point and a graduate of Harvard Law School…”.To whatever you get out of that,if anything,add careerism,& I’d be interested to hear any thoughts.

May 21, 2019 8:05 AM

It was George W Bush in 2003 (John Bolton was his advisor) who drew up the “Hague invasion act”, which quite openly states, that NO US citizen will ever be tried for war crimes at the Hague, or any US ally. If the ICC detains any US citizen then the US will use military force to release them.
In theory this means that no US, UK, Israeli citizen will ever be tried for war crimes.
John Bolton is an evil person, so is Mike Pompeo and the other neocons. They believe in “US Exceptionalism”, they set the rules for OTHER countries to follow.

May 21, 2019 2:55 PM
Reply to  andyoldlabour

I’ve seen a fair bit of discussion of the Hague invasion act on alternative media, but very rarely is it mentioned that Britain views it’s special forces in the same exceptional manner.

Granted, we’re not quite as vocal about it as the Americans, but we’ve still quite literally rolled the tanks into town before to prevent British soldiers being prosecuted for war crimes.

Would be very intriguing to see how the empire and its allies would chose to play it in the event that someone from the ICC actually managed to bring one of the psychopaths to trial, even in absentia. The wish list is particularly long these days, but I live in hope that one day we’ll see Blair/Straw/Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld etc face justice.

May 21, 2019 5:23 PM
Reply to  Northern

Well, given the “Hague Invasion Act”, I really can’t see how anybody would even dream of bringing “one of the psychopaths” to trial.
Perhaps only utter disgust with its own identity has a chance of bringing about change in the deeply sick USA, but we all know how difficult cold turkey is for addicts…

Gezzah Potts
Gezzah Potts
May 21, 2019 1:06 AM

And there you have it in black and white. The full throttled insanity of these creatures, the complete refusal to adhere to international law and diplomatic norms. The Anglo Zionist Empire is like a rabid dog out of control. Bolton, Pompeo, and Netanyahu drag the World to the edge of the abyss. Will they attack Iran? Are they that deranged and delusional? And the reaction of the students; clapping and laughing at Pompeo’s speech. We are in very dangerous times. Jayzus….

May 21, 2019 12:25 AM


E J Magnier ( https://ejmagnier.com/ ) has noted how Israel is noticeably silent on the US – Iran scenario

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This is just one illustration of Israel’s power to manipulate the US government into a lose-lose scenario position…
Israel can push the US to a confrontation and push Iran to its limits because Netanyahu has nothing to lose in a situation where the US military assumes the risks of his reckless strategy.
Israel has no skin in the game.
It is Trump confronting the Iranians not Netanyahu.

Israel can sit back, eat popcorn, and watch events unfold. It will consider itself the winner whatever the consequences.

Israel’s influence over Trump’s incompetent administration is the greatest threat to peace today.

Iran is not stupid – they too can read Magnier and plan an appropriate response to Israels game plan

May 21, 2019 3:13 PM
Reply to  DavidKNZ

Yeah would seem a little fool hardy on Magnier’s part to assume Tel Aviv won’t be high (and very much in range) on the Iranian’s list of targets in the event the Neo Cons push too far. The American public have virtually no desire for boots on the ground after Iraq, so Bibi can sit back and let this play out if he wants but it can’t have escaped his calculations that if things continue to sour and someone else in the region decides to ‘seize the initative’ and move to overt ‘hot’ warfare, it would leave ‘the middle east’s only democracy’ more than a little exposed. The ‘plan for a greater Israel’ requires the US to be further drawn into the region, American military might is the only power capable of backing such an exercise.

harry law
harry law
May 20, 2019 11:24 PM

One of the most important aspects of the US over reaching itself in International affairs has to do with the sanctions it is handing out to all and sundry. Case in point, US threatening Germany over supply of gas from Nord Stream 2, the US Ambassador threatened German companies directly with sanctions, even before informing the German Government. Other counties are threatened with secondary sanctions if they buy Iranian oil, what this amounts to is the US dictating to the rest of the world unilaterally and against International law what they can buy, and who they can trade with. The French President was right when he said on Thursday that “France would not block Huawei. “Our perspective is not to block Huawei or any company, it is to preserve our national security and European sovereignty. But I think launching now a technological war or a trade war … is not… Read more »

May 21, 2019 11:36 AM
Reply to  harry law

It is up to the people of Europe to rid themselves of those politicians and governments who endorse and promote the American cancer which infests our land. Here in the UK we need to start with T.May and her millionaire chums. The fat toad Pompeo has never fought in a war yet sits there smirking and boasting about his CIA tenure. To hear the young audience laugh and admire such a creature casts a dark shadow over future American behaviour in this small world we all live in.

May 21, 2019 10:29 PM
Reply to  harry law

It’s very sad how the Western MSM has brainwashed the majority of the population into believing their primary concern over the rollout of 5G is whether or not we allow Chinese made equipment to be used. By far the main concern with 5G is health.
Kevin Mottus has studied the science at length, advises the US government on health effects of wireless radiation and leads a team of toxicologists, cancer epidemiologists, cellular biologists……he’s qualified to talk about this……

May 21, 2019 10:31 PM
Reply to  Mucho

Kevin Mottus again. Please share this info. This is very detailed with regards to health effects of wireless radiation and 5G……

harry law
harry law
May 20, 2019 11:12 PM

John Bolton has advocated the bombing of Iran and supports the Iranian terrorist grouping Mujahedin-e-Khalq (MeK) and a regime change operation, as does Pompeo and other assorted whack jobs in Trumps administration. Imagine what the US would do if China and/or Russia decided contrary to all International law to tell the US that they could not sell any of their main products to any other country or that any country trading with the US would be hit with secondary sanctions or worse. The US would regard that [quite rightly] as an act of war and take immediate steps to pre-empt such an occurrence. But that is exactly what the US is doing to Iran, in my opinion US policy of zero sales of Iranian oil to anybody is already a declaration of war, since it means the collapse of the Iranian economy resulting in famine and many deaths [US Sec… Read more »

May 20, 2019 9:45 PM

Utterly evil bastards.

May 20, 2019 7:08 PM

Spotted this earlier on Veterans Today.
Is this what Empire’s psychopats are planning for their next war on Iran?


Francis Lee
Francis Lee
May 20, 2019 6:33 PM

There seems little to say other than Bolton who is certifiably insane and his sidekick, Pompeo who bears all the hallmarks of the mafia mindset have come to represent the criminal/ideological takeover of the American polity and establishment. The fact that these people now hold the fate of not only Iran, but the world in their hands is unbelievable. They are I think the end product of a silent takeover of the US and its hegemonic ambitions which probably started with the Wolfowitz doctrine first enunciated in 1992 which read: ”Our first objective is to prevent the re-emergence of a new rival, either on the territory of the former Soviet Union or elsewhere, that poses a threat on the order of that posed formerly by the Soviet Union. This is a dominant consideration underlying the new regional defense strategy and requires that we endeavor to prevent any hostile power from… Read more »

Helmut Taylor
Helmut Taylor
May 20, 2019 5:54 PM

As always, there’s a method to their madness. The destruction/dismantling of the nation state is being furthered by denouncing nationalism as fascism (and who can be in favour of fascism?), and one is gently moved toward identifying rather with that construct, the “EU”, than one’s actual “home land”, be it La Grande Nation, Germany, Italy – or wherever. Then, when we are all “in the same pen”, and the governing conditions,rules, regulations and, above all, “tarifs” are “harmonised”, we can get on with consuming!
See ya down there.
Oh my giddy aunt!

May 20, 2019 5:50 PM

Has anybody had the chance to take a look at their scalps yet? I’m still trying to figure out which one is old Nick and which is just a subservient demon.

May 21, 2019 8:07 PM
Reply to  Cascadian

Don’t you think you’re being a bit hard on old Beelzebub?