Secretary Pompeo remarks at the 120th Veterans of Foreign Wars National Convention

Secretary Pompeo remarks at the 120th Veterans of Foreign Wars National Convention

SECRETARY POMPEO: It’s an honor to be here. Good morning to everyone. It was about 30 years ago – I was a little
younger, a little skinner, a little less grey – and I was a young lieutenant. My tank was Bravo 21. My gunner was a young man named Specialist
4 Sayed. He best in the platoon. We were training, we were preparing for – to
fight the East Germans and the Russians during the Cold War, and we had just finished a training
run at Grafenwoehr. We had fired 205mm Sabot rounds from our M1A1
main battle tank. For those of you who are tankers— how many
tankers we got out here? (Cheers.) Yeah. So the smell of cordite filled the turret;
it was awesome. And that jet engine, the turbine engine of
that tank, was whirring as we traveled down the range. And we had just hit two moving targets at
a distance of a little more than a mile, and my gunner in the M1 tank sits right down on
the front right beneath where the tank commander was, and he turned around with this big old
smile and said, “Lieutenant, America is awesome.” (Laughter.) When I walked in here this morning and could
see all of you and could get a feel for the room, I must say that it reminded me of that
moment. It reminded me of the joy – Specialist 4
Sayed’s joy, and mine. So thank you all. Thank you all for what you do for America
each and every day. I want to thank too some very special people
– Commander-in-Chief B.J. Lawrence for inviting me to speak. It truly is a privilege to be here with you
today. It’s been more than five decades since a
sitting secretary of state addressed your convention, and I think it’s about damn
time. (Applause and cheers.) I also want to recognize VFW Auxiliary National
President Sandi Kriebel and congratulate VFW National Commander Doc Schmitz and Auxiliary
National President Peggy Haake. It’s truly an honor to stand here and speak
in front of so many patriots and to speak to your organization in particular. I know this organization. I represented south central Kansas; I’ve
been in a lot of VFW halls. Since 1899, you all have served our veterans
and each other. And nobody orders you to devote your time
to this. You all do this because it’s honorable. You do it because you have true servants’
hearts, and I thank you for that. It’s great too, I just came up after a Naval
Academy grad. I wasn’t going to do the Army jokes, but
now I feel compelled to do one. (Laughter.) More seriously, your service and the service
of generations before you have helped make America the great and glorious place that
it is. Americans have always looked out for one another. It’s what we do. Our first veterans knew the stakes of the
battle for independence – for them, for their children, for us. They knew, folks like General then President
George Washington. They knew service mattered. He carried himself not as an imperious king,
but as a humble servant. A few decades later, a Frenchman – a fellow
named Tocqueville – he marveled, he watched. He watched as he saw America perform voluntary
service to each other. He said, quote, “to found seminaries, to
build inns, to raise churches, to distribute books, to send missionaries” and “to create
hospitals, prisons, schools.” You all know this stuff. President Lincoln too, when he was writing
about service, said that, quote, “I freely acknowledge myself the servant of the people
according to the bond of service – the United States Constitution; and that, as such, I
am responsible for them.” He was talking about the people and the duty
to serve. Today we still love to volunteer for greater
causes. Your organization is proof of this. I’ve seen it. So are Rotary Clubs, with its “Service Above
Self” motto, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, Habitat for Humanity. So are the countless churches and synagogues
and mosques that do good works in our communities. Thousands of other groups too. And you all know this: Danger does not deter
our men and women from serving in uniform. (Applause.) I was reminded of that on the very first day
that I was sworn in as a member of Congress. I was sworn in, it was the – not the first
time in my life. It was after my time in service in the Army
– I was sworn in 24 hours earlier to defend the Constitution. And I got a note that said that there had
been a young man killed in action whose family was in Wichita, Kansas. I made a call that day. It was one of my first acts as a member of
Congress. I spoke with the father of Staff Sergeant
Eric Nettleton. He’s a hero of mine. I spoke to his father, who was that day a
hurting man. And I was a brand new member of Congress. He knew that his son’s death meant something. It meant something to his fellow Americans. And so while I was thanking him and his family
for their commitment to America, it’s a wonderful family, and their son’s service,
Staff Sergeant Nettleton’s father said something to me. He said something that sticks with me to this
very day. He said, “Mike, just don’t let the bad
guys win.” Eric Nettleton gave all. He gave the ultimate service for his fellow
Americans. As Secretary of State, my mission every day
is to make sure we never let the bad guys win. (Applause.) So I was once a soldier. Now I lead a diplomatic team. We protect the great fruits of others’ service. And I want to talk to you today about how
President Trump and our administration is doing just that, but a little history I think
is in order to talk about. Look, I know this. I know that diplomacy is our first and best
tool for protecting American interests. It’s how – when diplomacy is done well,
it saves lives. It really matters. I tell my team that every day. It’s how we build alliances with our friends
and allies around the world. It’s how we get American companies in the
door so that they can grow their businesses in other countries, so that we can create
jobs for your kids and for mine. It’s how we keep our enemies’ finger off
the trigger, keeping troops out of harm’s way. But when we do it wrong, when it’s practiced
poorly, diplomacy creates problems for our country, serious problems. We live in dangerous times. No one knows that better than the men and
women in this room. Some of that is because our leaders made foreign
policy decisions that didn’t serve Americans well or put Americans first. We struck deals that enriched rivals like
the Islamic Republic of Iran. And when competitors like China broke some
fundamentally basic mutual-agreed-upon trade rules, we simply played nice. And when Russia violated important treaties,
we sent them letters and just begged them to stop. And when rogue nations like North Korea had
launched missiles and had tested nuclear weapons systems, we did too little. We abandoned our friends too, not just in
North Asia and the Middle East but friends in Europe, in the Arctic, in Southeast Asia,
and indeed, where I just came from, South America. And perhaps saddest of all, we let the doctrines
of global elites dictate our engagement. Instead, instead of using the American creed,
the one that you all fought for in places like Kasserine Pass and in Kumsong and in
Khe Sanh and in Kirkuk and in Kandahar, those are the values that America must rest upon. When we get this diplomacy wrong, it’s selfish. It preferences the will of others over that
of Americans and it affords politicians easy accolades without doing the hard work to secure
real achievements. And we’ve learned the hard way that short-sighted
diplomacy, bad decisions, have long-term consequences. And when we make those bad decisions, it doesn’t
do honor to your service, because, in fact, it helps the bad guys win. But as those of you in uniform can appreciate,
this isn’t about politics, and that staring at these problems or complaining about them
– well, it doesn’t solve them. And it’s on our administration; it’s on
our administration every day to do something about these challenges. If we don’t, we’re derelict in our own
service to you and to America. And when I meet with President Trump – I
spoke to him just a couple hours back – he said to send his regards to you, tell you
that he loves you and values you, and regrets that he couldn’t be here today himself. When I meet with President Trump, the outcomes
he wants are always very clear. I never have any doubt about commander’s
intent. (Laughter.) And not only that, he expects me to deliver. He expects the State Department team to deliver
for him. I start by trying to be true to men like Washington
and men like Hamilton and all of our brilliant founders. I strive to stay true to their principles
as the first idea and central defining idea – a right to life, to liberty, to the pursuit
of happiness, that are contained in the Declaration of Independence, are our central guideposts. These are our constitutional rights, and President
Trump is fearless in protecting our freedoms and in asserting our sovereignty. He, every day, wants to make sure that the
bad buys don’t win. Too, President Trump is unafraid. He is unafraid to try new diplomatic tactics
where the old ones were simply not getting the outcomes that America needs and deserves. You’ve seen this. You’ve seen this on North Korea, where we
came into office and found that appeasement wasn’t working, and neither did neglect. So we’re maintaining pressure on the North
Korean regime while keeping an outstretched hand for diplomacy. I’ve now had the chance to meet with Chairman
Kim on multiple occasions. Indeed, I think I’ve spent more time with
Chairman Kim than any other American, now surpassing Dennis Rodman. (Laughter and applause.) This is an important step towards achieving
America’s ultimate objective, the denuclearization of North Korea and the safety of countries
in the region and all around the world. And on the Islamic Republic of Iran, the nuclear
deal, it only made the regime more aggressive. We’ve re-engaged with allies to exert pressure
on that regime. All we ask of them is all America ever asks. We just want them to behave like a normal
nation. And today, as part of that maximum pressure
campaign, I’m announcing that the United States is imposing sanctions on the Chinese
entity Zhuhai Zhenrong and its chief executive, Youmin Li. They violated U.S. law by accepting crude
oil. We’ve said all along that any sanction will
indeed be enforced. We can’t tolerate more money going to the
ayatollah, putting American soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines, and putting their life
at risk. It’s too important. (Applause.) On Venezuela. On Venezuela, our patience only emboldened
Maduro and his Cuban masters. We’ve led a 55-nation coalition to support
the Venezuelan people in their quest for democracy, for freedom, and for prosperity. And on the subject of Cuba, we’ve reversed
President Obama’s appeasement of the brutal Castro regime. (Applause.) Now, it’s important to note – this is
sometimes misconstrued by some in the media – “America first” does not mean America
alone. Indeed, other nations are rolling up their
sleeves to work alongside of us. We’re restoring friendships that were neglected
for a long, long time, from Eastern Europe, to our partners in the Gulf, to the Pacific
Islands. And of course, our relationship with Israel
is unequaled. It’s a democracy. It stands for the same things that we do here
in America. That relationship is stronger than it’s
ever been, and we’re very proud of that. (Applause.) Another way that we seek every day in this
administration to honor your service is to put America first economically. President Trump understands this in his gut:
Economic security drives national security. We can’t support a military or a robust
global diplomatic presence without prosperity. It’s how we pay for deterrence. It’s how we achieve peace. Now, those are just a few reasons why we insist
on free and fair trade with rule-breakers like China. There are many others. It’s also why we tackle tough trade disputes
with friendly partners like India. And it’s why we explain to nations like
Hungary that companies that are tied to the Chinese Communist Party should not build out
their 5G networks. We explain why America’s economic model
is the best. It’s the best to secure prosperity not just
for us, but for every citizen across the entire globe. And speaking of explaining, I’m honoring
your service today too by telling the world one simple truth: The U.S. military is a force
for good everywhere and always. (Applause.) You take this for granted, but not everyone
accepts that proposition. So I say it everywhere I travel whether they
like it or not. You fought for things that deserve to be defended. You fought for your children. You fought for your homes. You fought for your neighbors and your friends
and your family. You fought for our unalienable rights. You fought to keep our people and other people
free. You fought so that this truly exceptional
place that we call America might endure, and we will never apologize for that, not ever. (Applause.) Last, but certainly not least, we take care
of our own – both the living and the fallen. President Trump’s Singapore summit with
Chairman Kim produced the single largest return of remains from North Korea in history: 55
boxes filled with honor and with sacrifice. (Applause.) I remember sitting in the room negotiating
with my counterpart. He’s a former senior North Korean general,
and I remember talking to him. And I think he was perplexed that we put this
as the first among the items we wanted to talk about. Every one of you understands why we put that
first and why we’ll continue to work on this. And we will not stop working on this until
every one of our fallen heroes and their remains have been returned to the United States
of America. (Applause.) I’m immensely proud too that we’ve gotten
dozens of Americans who were held hostage overseas back, back to their families, back
to America, and we did so without paying a single penny in ransom. (Applause.) In just about two and a half years, that’s
more than any other administration in modern history. I’ve had a chance to be part of that too. As CIA Director, I vividly recall coordinating
the rescue of an American woman and her family who were being held by terrorists in Pakistan. And then too, I had the glory of flying back
from North Korea, flying back and bringing home three Americans who had been held there
wrongfully. It was quite an amazing thing. It was 2:30 in morning. We arrived in Washington, D.C. President Trump and Melania and all the senior
leaders were there from America, and the TVs – although it was 2:30 in the morning, every
eye was riveted. It’s how much we care as Americans about
getting our compatriots home. It’s how much President Trump and the administration
cares about bringing these same people home. (Applause.) I have many tasks, but every day I work to
bring back Americans that are wrongly held in places like Iran, and in Syria, and in
Mali, and in Venezuela, and all over the globe. I want to mention, too, there’s a threat
that some of you know about. There are rogue courts, international courts,
that have threatened to bring American soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines to dock, to bring
them to justice. This is wrong. This administration has moved heaven and earth
to prevent them from wrongfully prosecuting anyone in this room or anyone other who has
served in the United States armed forces. (Applause.) It wasn’t too terribly long ago, and I had
an incredible opportunity to land in darkness. It was a desert. I was flown in on a helicopter. We were miles from the nearest light. I was then serving as America’s chief spy,
the director of the CIA, and I needed to get out to see this elite team – it was a small
team of about a half a dozen folks. I wanted to thank them for the work that they
were doing, work that is truly remarkable. And this half-dozen or so team members, they
were nearly all veterans of the United States Armed Forces, and this mission required exactly
the kind of excellence and experience that service in the military provides. So I climbed down out of the helicopter and
I was met by an electrical engineer, a physicist, and four guys who told me, sir, we just get
stuff done. (Laughter.) And while I cannot tell you precisely their
mission, I can tell you what I was thinking when I got back on that helicopter. I was thinking exactly what SP4 Sayed was
thinking some 30 years earlier. I was thinking that America is awesome. (Applause.) No other country could pull off that mission
and no other country would accept such risk for such a noble purpose and no other country
has men and women willing to do what those men and women were doing that night. And as I wrap up here today, I hope you all
get the sense that I take the mission as America’s most senior diplomat very seriously. Because of that, I can use your help too. My wife Susan and I talk a lot about how America
has changed in these last few decades. One way is one that you know, that we have
fewer and fewer families – fewer and fewer families who have veterans that are part of
their family. That’s not a good thing. We need veterans in the life of every American. We need them both to serve others and to be
an example of service itself. There was a fellow named Edmund Burke, and
he stated that we all have our own little platoon – our families, our neighbors, our
co-workers, and so on. He said to love that “little platoon we
belong to in society” is the “first link.” It’s the “first link…by which we proceed
towards a love to our country and to mankind.” So I know you all love America. Continue to serve. Continue to serve your little platoon, and
do it in the way you see fit. Continue your active work here with the VFW. Mentor a young person who really needs someone
to look up to. Tell them your stories. Run some errands for an elderly neighbor and
spend a little time visiting with them too. They’d love to hear about your service. Help your family members who may be struggling
with demons or from addiction. As many of you do, continue to care for our
brothers and sisters who are struggling with PTSD. As veterans you know this, and as active members
of the VFW you have taken it to heart, your fidelity to the call of service was proven
long ago. If you keep serving, each of you will be a
force multiplier for freedom inside of our country and outside of it. And as you perform that service, know that
you aren’t alone. My team and I will be doing our part right
alongside you. We will not let the bad guys win. (Applause.) I want to thank each of you VFW members, family
members of those who have served. May God bless each of you. May God bless each and every veteran. And may God bless the United States of America. Thank you. (Applause.)

25 thoughts on “Secretary Pompeo remarks at the 120th Veterans of Foreign Wars National Convention

  1. The US Department of State is funded in whole or in part by the Israeli and Saudi Arabian governments

  2. The members of the Popular Envy, the Iraqi Hizballah and the party members are now being transferred to sensitive security and intelligence services, including the monitoring bodies for information only.

  3. Awesome speech!! Very inspiring! Mike is the best Secretary of State EVER! Totally opposite of the previous administration.

  4. Chinese pigs 50 cent in your channel commented shit again!!! I must fight with them every day here!

  5. Let the veterans tell their children how they murdered people in other countries for no reason and how they supported therrorist in Syria

  6. I have just read the terms of agreement on you tube and find that most of the videos posted by the state department are propaganda videos aimed at showing iran and its leaders in a very bad light which is far from the truth

  7. Pompeo does not do what the American people want, he is the lap dog of Trump, Trump is responsible for the murder of thousands of children in Yemen, by supporting MBS that Saudi criminal who killed the news reporter khashoggi,

  8. Pompeo is a war monger like Bolton and should not be a diplomatic in the American government, kick the bum out

  9. Pompeo is a war criminal and should be brought before the court the Hague for crimes against humanity for killing innocent civilians in Afghanistan whilst he was head of the CIA when Afghanistan citizens were being tortured by Americans, hang the SOB for war crimes

  10. Iran captures and sentences 17 US CIA Spies. Washington brushed off the accusation, with Secretary of State –and former CIA Director– Mike Pompeo saying Iran has “history of lying.”

    Joke of the century, "Iran has a history of lying." This comment coming from none other than a CIA spy chief and Jesuit, trained to lie about everything, fabricate intel to invade sovereign nations etc etc.

    Best wishes Iran from New Zealand.


  12. Mike Pompeo is a complete lunatic that needs to be strapped into a straight jacket and locked into a padded cell. CUFI is a cult and their members, like Mike Pompeo, are cultists.


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