Mike Pompeo, US Secretary of State, has blamed former president Barack Obama’s “misjudged” foreign policy for the last decade of chaos in the Middle East, in a thumping speech delivered in Cairo.
Mr Pompeo’s address, which made reference to the now-famous one made by Mr Obama in the Egyptian capital at the beginning of his presidency in 2009, claimed he was too naive and “timid” when confronted with challenges posed by revolts that rocked the region.
“Remember: It was here, here in this very city, another American stood before you,” Mr Pompeo told an audience of Egyptian officials, foreign diplomats and students at the American University of Cairo on Thursday.
“He told you that radical Islamist terrorism does not stem from ideology. He told you 9/11 led my country to abandon its ideals, particularly in the Middle East. He told you that the United States and the Muslim world needed ‘a new beginning.’ The results of these misjudgments have been dire,” he said.
“Our leaders gravely misread your history, and ours.”