[size=32]Pompeo successfully erases Tillerson's failed steps
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Although the appointment of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo instead of his predecessor, Rex Tilerson, has provoked widespread controversy in American political circles, the man, in a short time, according to American analysts, turned to Trump's trump card, erasing all of Tilerson's disappointments in the most intractable international issues, To become the secret envoy of the US president when going into the darkest and most sensitive files.
Washington - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo may resemble former Secretary of State Rex Tilerson in the form, as the two men appear plump, slow-talking and speechless, but since taking office on May 2, Pompeo has shown that only the form is what brings the two ministers together.
From the moment he took office, Pompeo worked to restore the State Department, which caused Tillerson to stand alone, a few miles from the White House. The loss of the "president's permission" has brought the State Department to the lowest level of influence ever in US politics.
"I want the Foreign Ministry to restore its elegance again," Pompeo told a crowd of ministry officials.
The philosophy of Pompeo's work at the State Department was to keep your mouth shut. "A lot of foreign ministers say they want quiet diplomacy, and of course that was Tillerson's goal too, but Pompeo is turning this into practice," says David Ignatius, a Washington Post columnist.
Pompio runs the US Department of State in the same way he used to run the CIA, as he always likes to be "the secret envoy of the president."
In addition, Pompeo is still spearheading the most sensitive files in US foreign policy. At the top of these files is the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, acting as the only way to have magical solutions to its complexities.
What distinguishes Pompeo from Tilerson is that foreign diplomats and senior officials in other US ministries and agencies knew from the first moment they met Tilerson that he had no influence over President Donald Trump.
On the contrary, the language Pompeo usually uses deeply suggests the personal relationship and the breadth of power the president gives to the new foreign minister. Sources in the United States say Pompeo often speaks on behalf of President Trump with ambassadors and foreign officials in closed rooms.
The sources added that Pompeo was able to win bureaucratic officials in the State Department, as in the CIA, in his class, a large mass that was the force of doubt in Pompeo since before joining the Trump administration. Tillerson was unable to resolve this knot for a full year of his tenure as foreign secretary.
A vague strategy
The characteristics of Pompeo's strategy at the State Department can not be distinguished by his personal reservation, but following his statements during press conferences on the sidelines of his visits outside the United States, we can get an initial impression of this strategy and its effects.
Pompeo moves very quietly and conservatively. Sources say that since becoming the highest-ranking diplomat in the United States, the secretary of state has maintained a habit of listening to the advice of former officials, including one of the most vocal critics of Trump.
While Tillerson failed to fill the void of vital ministry posts, Pompeo used his influence in Congress and the White House to pass appointments. Next week, 12 foreign officials are scheduled to be installed, including 4 senior officials.
Pompeo appointed David Hill, the former US ambassador to Beirut and Islamabad, as assistant secretary for political affairs. Hill belongs to the old school of American diplomacy, and his appointment at the top foreign ministry posts is likely to bring great satisfaction within the ministry and foreign diplomats as well.
Ignatius says North Korea's case remains the "real test of Pompeo," as he will have in the coming days translating Trump's passionate summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un into a detailed plan for nuclear disarmament.
During a television interview last week in Singapore, Pompeo pointed to a gradual approach to dismantling North Korea's nuclear program as part of a broader plan to end the mutual violence with South Korea.
"Officials are engaged in actions that will improve confidence between our two countries and the timetable for the completion of North Korea's nuclear disarmament is in the hands of leader Kim Jong-un," he said.
Although he supports the "step-by-step" process of nuclear disarmament, he insists that "UN sanctions on the North Korean regime will remain as they are until the nuclear disarmament process is completely over." The biggest concern of Pompeo is that the North Korean regime will try to circumvent its commitments and end the whole process without a "complete nuclear disarmament", as in the past.
Analysts say Pompeo faces the problem that South Korean leaders have promised Pyongyang to declare the end of the war by the end of this year. This means losing the principle of continuing United Nations sanctions for any substance. "It is possible that Pompeo will try to disrupt the peace situation between the two Koreas before making sure that Kim is fully committed to the process of nuclear disarmament," they added.
Iran's puzzling paper
is another headache for the US secretary of state in Iran. It seems that Trump and Pompeo are not on the same track with Trump's talk to the Iranians. This came in comments made by Pompeo and adopted a tougher policy on the sanctions that Trump imposed on Tehran following its decision to withdraw from the nuclear deal in May.
"Any progress that is expected to take in US relations with Iran will be linked to a major change in the heart of the Iranian regime," Pompeo told reporters on August 5. "There is no evidence so far of the Iranians' desire to change." This means an ultimatum to the Iranians to prepare for a long and slow throttle that the United States will practice against the Iranian regime, which rejected Trump's offer of dialogue.
"To be in charge of diplomacy in the administration of the least diplomatic presidents is not easy," Ignatius said.
This equation has broken Tilerson, but so far proved Pompeo that he can be a guarantee for the State Department, without causing anger the occupant of the White House.
Pompeo and Trump share the character of the "big man" and his family to become the rare employee in the administration who managed to stay close to Trump, but not so soon as to be able to burn him.