Pompeo Rail Against Biden’s ‘Armageddon’ Warning

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Pompeo decries Biden’s “Armageddon” remarks. ‘Those comments were reckless,’ he said. He urged the president to engage in peaceful diplomacy. Mike Pompeo said of Saturday’s Kerch Bridge blast, “I guess that the Ukrainians had something to do with it.”

In Summary

  • Mike Pompeo contends Joe Biden’s remarks about Russia’s possible use of nuclear weapons were irresponsible.
  • According to Mike Pompeo, the Former Secretary of State, the attack on the Antonov Bridge was a symbolic loss for Russian President Vladimir Putin.
  • National Security Council: “We’ll continue giving Ukraine support and help with security as long as it’s necessary.”
  • A former NATO general contends that Putin’s threatening language is an attempt to drive a wedge in the West.
Former U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at The Rosen Shingle Creek on February 25, 2022 in Orlando, Florida. [Joe Raedle/Getty Images]

Pompeo disapproves of Biden’s Nuclear Annihilation Warning

On Sunday, Mike Pompeo, who used to be Secretary of State, said that President Joe Biden’s warning last week about President Vladimir Putin and Russia using nuclear weapons was “reckless.”

Pompeo, who worked in the Cabinet of former President Donald Trump, said on “Fox News Sunday” that Biden’s remarks were “reckless” and “a terrible risk to the American people.”

In the past few weeks, Putin has hinted that he might use nuclear weapons against Ukraine. He has said that Russia would use “all available means” to protect its land, including the land it just took from Ukraine.

“We haven’t had to worry about Armageddon since Kennedy and the Cuban Missile Crisis,” Biden said at a fundraiser on Thursday. He was referring to the crisis in October 1962 that brought the US and the Soviet Union to the edge of nuclear war for almost two weeks.

John Kirby, a spokesman for the National Security Council, said on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday that the president’s words show how much is at stake right now.

“This will not scare us or our allies,” Kirby said, referring to Putin. “As long as Ukraine needs it, we will continue giving them support and help with security.”

John Kirby, national security council coordinator, during a news conference in the James S. Brady at the White House in Washington, D.C., US, on Wednesday, June 15, 2022. [Ting Shen/Bloomberg/Getty Images]

Pompeo: Kerch Bridge Attack A Symbolic Putin Defeat

Pompeo said that the Biden administration would have done better to convince Putin of the dangers of nuclear weapons by using “quiet diplomacy.” He told host Shannon Bream, “I hope they’re doing it quietly.”

When asked about the explosion on Saturday on the Kerch Bridge, which connects Russia to Crimea, which Putin annexed in 2014, Pompeo said, “My guess is that the Ukrainians had something to do with it.”

Pompeo said that the attack on the bridge, no matter who did it, was a symbolic loss for Putin because the bridge had been officially opened by Putin in May 2018. Putin told the workers at the time, “People from different times in history have dreamed of building this bridge.” “Then they went back to it in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s,” he said. “And now, thanks to your hard work and talent, the miracle has happened.”

Pompeo said on Sunday that the attack on the bridge was just one more sign of how bad Russia’s war against Ukraine has been.

Pompeo said, “The Russian military is doing a terrible job.”

Rep. Don Bacon (R-NE) agreed with the idea that Putin’s situation was getting worse.

On NBC’s “Meet the Press,” he said, “I do think Vladimir Putin is a cornered animal.” “I think he is unreliable and unstable right now.” He is being shamed in Ukraine as he is beaten up piece by piece.”

John Kirby, national security council coordinator, during a news conference in the James S. Brady at the White House in Washington, D.C., US, on Wednesday, June 15, 2022. [Ting Shen/Bloomberg/Getty Images]

Nuclear War Psychological Effort against the US

Gen. Wesley Clark, who used to be the head of NATO in Europe, said that Putin’s threatening words were an attempt to split the West and get Western leaders to try to reach a deal that would let Putin take land from Ukraine.

“If Putin says that no one can win a nuclear war, then why is he threatening one?” Clark said these remarks on “Fareed Zakaria GPS” on CNN.

“Because this is mostly a psychological attack on the U.S., and people like Donald Trump are picking up on it. They want to make the West less likely to help the Ukrainians in this fight.”

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