Kansas Congressman Mike Pompeo, a member of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, was my guest today. After we discussed the recent rampages of the Islamic State, our talk turned to the pendinging questioning of Hillary friend/aide/confidant Sidney Blumenthal and Huma Abedin.
HH: Right now, I’m joined by Congressman Mike Pompeo, our friend from Kansas’ 4th Congressional district. He is of course a member of the House Intel Committee and a veteran of the long war. Congressman Pompeo, the loss of Ramadi has got to be like a gut punch. This is a replay of a bad movie.
MP: It is. It is all of that. It is devastatingly bad as a tactical matter. The exposure that creates throughout the rest of Iraq is enormous. But as we’ve talked about on the show before, it is a symptom of a failure to develop a strategy that at all pushes back on the threat of ISIS in a material way, and leaves, frankly, the playing field wide open for the Iranians to continue their advance throughout Iraq as well.
HH: Now I am troubled. I saw a piece on the three-level web, Congressman Pompeo – the surface web, the deep web, and the dark web. And apparently, Islamic State is breeding in the dark web. And when you give them a town like Ramadi, you’re giving them monitor and communications facilities. You’re giving them industrial base. You’re given them all sorts of capacities they didn’t have before.
MP: Massive infrastructure, telecommunications infrastructure, industrial infrastructure, we’ve seen articles about the equipment that they fell in on top of. You know, it hasn’t been too long ago that we used that as a major operations center as well. And so it is the case that this is not, as Dempsey had said, an insignificant place. This is not, as others have said, just another step. I think the President’s spokesman said well, you have good days and you have bad days, or something like that. That’s not what this is at all. This was an enormous victory for the Islamists, and one that I have not heard any plan to correct. Continue Reading