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Thursday, November 21, 2019

Tom Friedman makes his case that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has fallen short of West Point's Honor Code and the US Army's leadership standards. Pompeo's lack of loyalty to all his team is unprecedented in the history of State Department leadership. Pompeo's craven loyalty to Trump-above-all has cost the State Department dearly, with morale among long-serving State Department professionals falling to a historic low.

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I guess Pompeo sees his chances to run for US Senate fading before his eyes. Aside from unlimited contributions from Koch, what else are his talents?

#1 | Posted by Augustine at 2019-11-21 06:44 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#1 Looser moral codes than Fat Nixon. Trampy only hires the best and brightest.

#2 | Posted by Nixon at 2019-11-21 06:51 AM | Reply

Righto! Actually Pompeo only did the minimum 5 yr stint after WP (in Germany) and avoided serving in the sandbox during Desert Storm. His move to Wichita (Koch's hq hometown) was a stroke of Tea Party genius. His deputies under Tchump are all WP classmates & Wichita cronies. A tight circle of Trump-uber-alles freunden.

#3 | Posted by Augustine at 2019-11-21 07:11 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

As far as the place in Pomeo's graduation at WP, about a third to a half of plebs who enter that institution do not finish. That moves him up significantly. Over half of those in the Army at the time did not serve in Desert Storm, such as myself, I spent that war guarding facilities around Mannheim. The Army command rejected almost all requests for transfers into the theater. They deployed units, not individuals.(this puts the assumption that he avoided service in SA in question). Actually the minimum amount of time a WP officer spends on active duty is six years, not five. They can get out early, but it costs a lot- Ask the Dallas Cowboys when they picked up Rodger Staubach two years into his tour after graduating from Annapolis. I haven't seen any stupid WPers, some I didn't like, Some I didn't trust with privileged information, but they were adequate officers. The best thing you can say about Pompeo is there hasn't been much news from the military. He has not brought any scandals to light, and it is a given that many were looking for one.

#4 | Posted by docnjo at 2019-11-21 11:15 AM | Reply | Funny: 2 | Newsworthy 1

Pompeo wants to be Emperor, er, President after Trump is done with it. He's going to have to kill a few Trump family members first, but that's never been an impediment to the imperial way of thinking.

#5 | Posted by Zed at 2019-11-21 11:20 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

That moves him up significantly.

Yeah, to "not flunked out" also known as LAST.

#6 | Posted by Nixon at 2019-11-21 12:00 PM | Reply

He has not brought any scandals to light, and it is a given that many were looking for one.

#4 | Posted by docnjo

So, he is a public servant who appears to have served his country well with honor (or at least with good conduct).

And one word of the Truth out of his mouth that reflects poorly on the behavior of Mr Trump and he will then suddenly be a Never Trumper and traitor to his country then and Trumpy will barely even remember him.

So what he was the last in his class! The latrine is getting full!

Someone has to clean the latrine. (would said clean the "head" but that was the last impeachments pun)

#7 | Posted by donnerboy at 2019-11-21 01:10 PM | Reply

The best thing you can say about Pompeo is there hasn't been much news from the military. He has not brought any scandals to light, and it is a given that many were looking for one.

#4 | Posted by docnjo

Yes, waiting until you're in a much more powerful position to engage in scandals is so admirable.

#8 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2019-11-21 06:35 PM | Reply

On what planet are flunkies considered part of one's "class"?

docnjoworld

#9 | Posted by mOntecOre at 2019-11-21 06:46 PM | Reply

On what planet are flunkies considered part of one's "class"?
docnjoworld

#9 | POSTED BY MONTECORE AT 2019-11-21 06:46 PM |

What do you call a doctor that got all D's in med school?

A: Doctor.

#10 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2019-11-21 08:28 PM | Reply

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#10. Good joke.

But you obviously hadn't read Friedman's OoEd. If I graduated at the bottom of a class as challenging as any of the service academies's classes, I'd crow that joke to any potential employer or grad or professional school admissions officer that didn't understand the grit it takes for the academies' academic "underachievers" to just get through.

But Pompeo wasn't an academic "struggler". He evidently entered WP with a high IQ. To him, academic achievement as an "Engineering Management" (i.e., "skate") major

Friedman's point us NOT about academic class rank AT ALL. It's a far more core, MORAL, lethal, and important standard, ... especially for college scholarship awardees who's alma mater's Honor Code motto is "Duty, Honor, Country".

Read the OpEd. Then reflect on the meaning of this: "Duty. Honor. Country."

MacArthur's famous last words. Tarnished??

#11 | Posted by Augustine at 2019-11-21 11:07 PM | Reply

#10. Good joke.

But you obviously hadn't read Friedman's OoEd. If I graduated at the bottom of a class as challenging as any of the service academies's classes, I'd crow that joke to any potential employer or grad or professional school admissions officer that didn't understand the grit it takes for the academies' academic "underachievers" to just get through.

But Pompeo wasn't an academic "struggler". He evidently entered WP with a high IQ. To him, academic achievement as an "Engineering Management" (i.e., "skate") major was NOT a struggle. That's not the point!!

Friedman's point is NOT about academic rank. It's about a far more core, MORAL, lethal and important standard for ranking WO's class members. ... Especially for college scholarship awardees whose alma mater's cherished Honor Code motto is "Duty, Honor, Country".

Read the OpEd. ... Then reflect on the meaning of this: "Duty. Honor. Country."

(MacArthur's famous last words.)

Were/are they tarnished by Mr. Pompeo???

Your opinion?

#12 | Posted by Augustine at 2019-11-21 11:22 PM | Reply

"WO's class..." should have read, ""WP's Class ..."/

#13 | Posted by Augustine at 2019-11-21 11:27 PM | Reply

Then reflect on the meaning of this: "Duty. Honor. Country."
(MacArthur's famous last words.)

LMAO, that would be NO.

Why do you dolts make it so easy to expose your ignorance...Duty. Honor. Country. was selected as West Point's motto in 1848, Gen. MacArthur reiterated them in his Farewell speech of the same title to the West Point Corps of Cadets on May 12, 1962.

You really need to get new "fact" sources.

West Point Traditions: top of page 4

#14 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-11-21 11:35 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

One more try to type without typos or skipped parts of sentences;

#10. Good joke.

But you obviously hadn't read Friedman's OoEd. If I graduated at the bottom of a class as challenging as any of the service academies's classes, I'd crow that joke to any potential employer or grad or professional school admissions officer that didn't understand the grit it takes for the academies' academic "underachievers" to just get through.

But Pompeo wasn't an academic "struggler". He evidently entered WP with a high IQ. To him, achievement as an "Engineering Management" (i.e., a "Skate") major was NOT a struggle. That's the point!!

Friedman's OoEd is NOT about academic ranking. It's about a far more core, MORAL, lethal and important standard for ranking WP's class members " scholarship awardees whose alma mater's cherished Honor Code motto is "Duty, Honor, Country."

Read the OpEd. ... Then reflect on the meaning of: "Duty. Honor. Country." (MacArthur's famous last words.)

Were/are they tarnished by Mr. Pompeo???

Your opinion?

#15 | Posted by Augustine at 2019-11-21 11:45 PM | Reply

Your opinion?
#15 | POSTED BY AUGUSTINE

You wouldn't know your --- from a hole in ground .. just my opinion...

#16 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2019-11-21 11:57 PM | Reply

#14 Dumbass, Reich-of-Center, doltschien!

... Trivialize and criticize. ... Just like Reich-of-Center Tchump "our Twitter-Bully Fuehrer.

Couldn't you have at least made a nice, cute joke related to Friedman's intentionally attention-grabbing headline?

Tchump has become America's world-recognized "Insulter-in-chief" and there's no denying that. But people who come on to this site throwing insults at those whose opinions they don't like need to stop acting like the Tchump-meister on the Retort

Feurher Tchump has spent his career perfecting the art of intimidation through insult and humiliation. But if that's the battleground you seek, be prepared to get everything you give in Tchumpian mannerisms right back.

#17 | Posted by Augustine at 2019-11-22 12:41 AM | Reply

Btw, the online NYT might have revised Friedman' OpEd headline from "Mike Pompeo: Last in His Class at West Point" to "Mike Pompeo: Last in His Class at West Point in Integrity".

I'm sure Mike feels much better about being called, "Last in His Class at West Point -- in Integrity" than "Mike Pompeo: Last in His Class at West Point -- in Good Looks)", or "Last in His Class at West Point " in Physical Firness", or anything like that!!

Sheez! Who cares about integrity.
; )

#18 | Posted by Augustine at 2019-11-22 12:56 AM | Reply

OK, I have had friends go to WP, served with more officers than I remember,(Engineers is the second most requested branch)and I know the strengths and weaknesses of their officers. I said that some I would not trust with privileged information, there is a good reason. The prime reason is officers have to report all violations, and take official command action BY LAW. NCOs don't and are not required to. Can't issue a false statement, but do not have to volunteer information. If officers knew everything, they wouldn't do anything but write Art.15s.

#19 | Posted by docnjo at 2019-11-22 11:51 AM | Reply

If he's not a Liberal then I'm sure they pretty much will say he's last in everything. Hearing a Liberal try to tear down anyone these days is basically just an admission that the person doesn't have the same opinions as the Liberal. It's getting pretty old, actually. We need a better Liberal party that cares about the country again. The party today just cares about making sure everyone agrees with everything they say. I mean, there is evidence they got this way because they had to go years with watching Reps make dumb mistakes over and over again but still, it's not an effective party if they let the Reps stay in their heads.

#20 | Posted by humtake at 2019-11-22 12:06 PM | Reply

#10 Hatter5183 ... Just wondering if you circled back to Tom F's OpEd. Hope you did. Still, your joke was very good. If Mike Pompeo was a 2.0 (straight C) grad, I'm sure he'd appreciate the backup.

# 4, 19 DOCNJO, ALOHA. #4 was funny. Re # 19, ... Not sure I heard of any law mandating reporting all violations". Maybe it's an Army law? (I think) it only applies to WP cadets and maybe USAFA's. ... Not a Navy rule, I hope. Navy officers commit to the never "lie, cheat or steal" code (as long as no vital US security issues are at risk).

#21 | Posted by Augustine at 2019-11-22 10:23 PM | Reply

#21 | Posted by Augustine, Officers are required to report all offenses by law. He can face serious charges if he doesn't. They are the only ones who can impose punishment, including the death penalty. Look through the UCMJ.

#22 | Posted by docnjo at 2019-11-24 11:54 AM | Reply

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