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Pompeo: I Lied About Soleimani ‘Imminent Attacks’

By Daniel McAdams | Ron Paul Institute | January 10, 2020

Trump’s neoconservative Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, is a man unafraid to admit to being a liar. In fact he seems to revel in his ability to lie to the American people.

Remember just a week ago when Pompeo told us that the US absolutely HAD to send in a drone to assassinate Iran’s top general, Qassim Soleimani, while he was in Iraq on a peace mission because he was planning “imminent attacks” on US personnel and interests in the Middle East.

These claims were crafted to blunt any criticism of the blatantly illegal act of killing a top military officer of a country with which you are not at war in a third country (which forbade the attack on its soil) with which you are allied. Americans raising concerns about the murder of Soleimani were to be made to look unpatriotic if they objected: “you mean you WANT Americans die??”

That’s how propaganda works.

Then when the smoke clears, you laugh it all off and admit it was all a lie. As Pompeo did last night.

Speaking on the Laura Ingraham program, Mike Pompeo admitted that the neocon idea of “imminent ” and the normal idea of “imminent ” are two very different things.

“We don’t know precisely when and we don’t know precisely where (the attacks might take place), but it was real,” he told Ingraham.

But if you don’t know when and don’t know where (and presumably don’t know how), on what basis did Pompeo and the Trump Administration sell the idea that he had to be killed immediately lest untold numbers of Americans be killed?

And how can we believe Pompeo that Soleimani was behind the initial rocket attacks on an Iraqi base housing US troops, that a US contractor was killed by Soleimani’s forces at that base, and that Soleimani was behind the “attacks” (vandalism) on the US embassy in Baghdad?

In other words, if the central justification for the murder of Soleimani is an admitted lie, who in his right mind would believe the official version of the antecedents to the murder?

While proudly lying day and night, Pompeo professes to be a great Christian – at the same time he pushed Trump to murder the architect of the anti-ISIS counterinsurgency (Soleimani) that saved hundreds of thousands of Syrian Christian lives.

Something smells sulfurous about Pompeo…

Copyright © 2020 by RonPaul Institute.

January 10, 2020 - Posted by | Deception, Mainstream Media, Warmongering, War Crimes | ,


  1. “We lied, we cheated, we stole, we had entire training courses. It reminds me of the glory of the American experiment”……..Mike Pompeo, talking about his days in the CIA.
    If this is an example of the people in the CIA(and I believe it is) then, what hope is there for the American people in future…..Your leaders not only openly LiE, they brag about it……..How can YOU allow this? Your rulers have nothing but contempt for YOU.


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    Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | January 10, 2020 | Reply

  2. Pompeo is an anti-Christian. He loves Moshiach.

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    Comment by Robert Browning | January 10, 2020 | Reply

  3. “Lies, The ‘Bethlehem Doctrine’, And The Illegal Murder of Soleimani” Craig Murray [01/04/20]

      “In one of the series of blatant lies the USA has told to justify the assassination of Soleimani, Mike Pompeo said that Soleimani was killed because he was planning “Imminent attacks” on US citizens. It is a careful choice of word. Pompeo is specifically referring to the Bethlehem Doctrine of Pre-Emptive Self Defence. Developed by Daniel Bethlehem when Legal Adviser to first Netanyahu’s government and then Blair’s, the Bethlehem Doctrine is that states have a right of “pre-emptive self-defence” against “imminent” attack. That is something most people, and most international law experts and judges, would accept. Including me. What very few people, and almost no international lawyers, accept is the key to the Bethlehem Doctrine – that here “Imminent” – the word used so carefully by Pompeo – does not need to have its normal meanings of either “soon” or “about to happen”. An attack may be deemed “imminent”, according to the Bethlehem Doctrine, even if you know no details of it or when it might occur. Intelligence neither says what the plot is nor when it might occur. Or even more tenuous, because there is intelligence you have engaged in a plot before, so it is reasonable to kill you in case you do so again. […] The genesis of the policy lay in the UK appointment of Daniel Bethlehem as the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Chief Legal Adviser. […] Bethlehem was an enthusiastic proponent of the invasion of Iraq. He was also the most enthusiastic proponent in the world of drone strikes. Bethlehem argues that for an attack to be ‘imminent’ does not require it to be ‘soon’. Indeed you can kill to avert an ‘imminent attack’ even if you have no information on when and where it will be. You can instead rely on your target’s ‘pattern of behaviour’; that is, if he has attacked before, it is reasonable to “assume” he will attack again and that such an attack is ‘imminent’. There is a much deeper problem: that the evidence against the target is often extremely dubious. […] Remember, this is not just academic argument, the Bethlehem Doctrine is the formal policy position on assassination of Israel, the US and UK governments. So that is lie one. When Pompeo says Soleimani was planning “imminent” attacks, he is using the Bethlehem definition under which “imminent” is a “concept” which means neither “soon” nor “definitely going to happen”. To twist a word that far from its normal English usage is to lie. To do so to justify killing people is obscene. That is why, if I finish up in the bottom-most pit of hell, the worst thing about the experience will be the company of Daniel Bethlehem. Let us now move on to the next lie, which is being widely repeated, this time originated by Donald Trump, that Soleimani was responsible for the “deaths of hundreds, if not thousands, of Americans”. This lie has been parroted by everybody, Republicans and Democrats alike: […]”

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    Comment by Val Valerian | January 10, 2020 | Reply

    • Great and elucidating comment; thanks to you and Amb. Murray! I’m puzzled that I was notified only this morning, 2-06, by email, of your comment that is dated 1-10…IT glitch?

      Of course/natch DBethlehem was/is a Jew and Zionist. Jews/Zionists, in order to cover up their inner feelings of guilt and justify their holocaust-cum-genocide against the Palestinians, will never cease in developing/honing their invidious/satanic warfare/wordfare/lawfare tactics. What did Shakespeare say?–“First, let’s kill all the lawyers.”? Amen, starting with Zionist actual-or-inclined lawyers. Incidentally, the hated name and persona Alan Dershowitz comes to mind across a matrix of contexts….

      Damn the whole pack of lawyers for their propensity to lie, steal and cheat whenever their paying client needs them to do so. Any words, any justification, any abomination is not beyond a word-smithy lawyer. I’m reminded — I always forget details — of that Chinese-named lawyer in Dubya’s era who put out some outrageous justification for the Shattering of Iraq. He was widely vilified by rational, sane humans but also, I believe, given wide credence in the Dubya Zioneocon circles. (I’m trying to recall “John Yong” or something like that…may be a Korean name.)


      Comment by roberthstiver | February 6, 2020 | Reply

  4. Excellent takedown of Pompeo! I simply can’t decide whom I detest more: Pompeo, Pence, Trump, the Graham Cracker, Bolton, or Nikki Baby…among numerous others. Perhaps I can distill all into one Zionist combination: Adelson-Netanyahu — on each end of the worst “entangling alliance” possible, a danger we were presciently advised of by, inter alia, Washington and Jefferson some 250 years ago. All of these vermin are collectively and avidly taking all the potential good from the formerly said-to-be “land of the free and home of the brave” and turning it into Zionized America. We need a Second Declaration of Independence and a Relentless Purge of the Cult (Tribe) of Evil Whose (Jew and ‘Christian’ Alike) Loyalties Lie in and Whose Policies Adhere to a Certain Shi*ty/Cancerous Entity/Monster Whose Early Cult Members Invaded from Europe and Continue to Occupy Middle East Real Estate! Yes, the smell of sulfur lingers and permeates….

    Pity the Palestinians. I have no pity for or allegiance to those of us who call ourselves “Americans.”


    Comment by roberthstiver | January 10, 2020 | Reply

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