From a California childhood, Pompeo went to West Point, where he finished first in his class. He left the army as captain, having been a tank commander along the East German border. At Harvard Law School, he served on the Law Review with a student one year behind him, Ted Cruz. After a stint with a leading law firm in Washington, Williams & Connolly, he moved to Kansas in 1996 to start a business, Thayer Aerospace. He became a Republican National Committee, then won the first of four congressional terms in 2010 before being sent by President Donald Trump first to Langley, then Foggy Bottom.
Pompeo explores a presidential candidacy in the orthodox way, campaigning for Republican candidates so far and today, falling in love with Iowa’s prospects and Iowa’s wisdom, etc. Recently, Pompeo was in Pennsylvania and campaigning for his West Point contemporary, David McCormick, a hedge fund titan seeking Republican Senate nomination. Pompeo’s argument for himself is that he has had presidential German government experience in institutions that are crucial to coping with a world that is becoming more dangerous.
Pompeo’s selection as CIA director was somewhat random, the result of Trump’s whimsical approach to everything. During the 2016 Republican nomination contest, Pompeo spoke to Senator Marco Rubio of Florida at the Kansas caucus in Wichita while Trump listened backstage. Trump reached a rolling boil when Pompeo quoted Trump’s claim that if he, as president, ordered a soldier to commit a war crime, the soldier would do so. Pompeo said Trump would be an “authoritarian president who ignored our constitution.”
Eight months later, eight days after the election, at Trump Tower in New York, Pompeo met Trump for the first time and accepted the CIA job that Trump offered someone he barely knew because incoming Vice President Mike Pence encouraged him to do so. Tim Albertean impeccable reporter, writes in his book “American Carnage” that when Trump was told that he had just been assigned a plum position to the congressman who had committed Wichita sacrilege, Trump exploded: “No! Was it him? We have to to take it back. That’s what I get for letting Pence choose everyone! “
Oh good. The dogs bark, but the caravan drives on. Trump’s abundant anger found new targets, including Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. (Do not call the President, for whose pleasure you serve, a “[expletive] idiot. ”) So Pompeo can now try to become the first former Secretary of State since James Buchanan 165 years ago to become president.
Pompeo may be a president with some surprising depths: He named Peter Berkowitz, a prominent political philosopher with a Yale PhD, director of the State Department’s Policy Planning Staff, whose first two directors were extraordinary architects from the post-1945 world: George Kennan (1947-1949 ) and Paul Nitze (1950-1953). It required an interesting secretary to elect Berkowitz, the author of, among other books, “Nietzsche: The Ethics of an Immoralist.”
As you prepare to run a marathon, you get in shape. Pompeo has shed 90 pounds – almost a third of its weight. He is almost slim and completely convinced that many Republican presidential candidates will run in the nomination campaign before Trump answers this question: Do I dare run another campaign that might end in mere arithmetic – vote sums – being interpreted as proof that I lost?
As Pompeo leaves for breakfast, where his hearty appetite for scrambled eggs and chicken sausage indicates he is happy with his current configuration, he is enveloped in his safety detail. This is not a justification for a former CIA director; it is a necessity. Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has agents in the United States, says he wants to kill Pompeo, whom the ayatollah blames for the US drone strike on January 3, 2020, which killed Major General Qasem Soleimani, the terrorist who was an Iranian national hero . In Republican primary elections, it is an unfair advantage to campaign with a target placed on your back by Iran.