January 11, 2019

IntelBrief: America’s Middle East Policy: A Force for Good or A Recipe for Chaos?

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks to students at the American University Cairo, in the eastern suburb of New Cairo, Egypt, east of the capital, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Pool Photo via AP) .
  • On January 10, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered a speech in Cairo, Egypt that portrayed the U.S. as a force for good in the region.
  • The speech was a direct repudiation of former President Obama and his administration’s policies in the region, especially toward Iran.
  • The crux of Pompeo’s remarks was the threat posed by expanding Iranian influence throughout the Middle East and the Persian Gulf.
  • Pompeo’s speech offered no mention of human rights and seemed to downplay Washington’s close relationship with Saudi Arabia.