In 2009, President Obama gave his speech titled “A New Beginning” at Cairo University, where he apologized for the United States and said the “fear and anger” Americans felt from 9/11 “led us to act contrary to our ideals.”
Speaking at American University in Cairo, Pompeo said (without mentioning Obama by name), “It was here, in this city, another American stood before you. He told you that radical Islamist terrorism does not stem from an ideology.”
“He told you that 9/11 led my country to abandon its ideals, particularly in the Middle East,” he continued. “He told you that the United States and the Muslim world needed ‘a new beginning.’ The results of these misjudgments have been dire. In falsely seeing ourselves as a force for what ails the Middle East, we were timid in asserting ourselves when the times – and our partners – demanded it.”
Pompeo went on to say that under Obama’s leadership, the United States “grossly underestimated the tenacity and viciousness of radical Islamism, a debauched strain of the faith that seeks to upend every other form of worship or governance. ISIS drove to the outskirts of Baghdad as America hesitated. They raped and pillaged and murdered tens of thousands of innocents. They birthed a caliphate across Syria and Iraq and launched terror attacks that killed all across continents.”The Secretary of State also criticized Obama’s Iran deal, and said that President Trump reversed the nation’s “willful blindness to the danger of the [Iranian] regime.”
“The U.S. re-imposed sanctions that should never have been lifted. We embarked on a new pressure campaign to cut off the revenues the regime uses to spread terror and destruction throughout the world. We joined the Iranian people in calling for freedom and accountability,” he said.
Taking another swipe at President Obama’s foreign policy approach, Pomepo said, “The good news is this: The age of self-inflicted American shame is over, and so are the policies that produced so much needless suffering. Now comes the real ‘new beginning,’”