HH: Some of us hear that Rexit was coming months ago, and that Mike Pompeo would be the 70th Secretary of State. Ce moi, ce moi, I admit, it was me. Now that it’s happened what’s it mean? To help us figure that out, I turn to Dr. Kore Schake. She’s the deputy director general of the International Institute for Strategic Studies. She was a distinguished fellow at the Hoover Institution, and is the editor, along with Secretary of Defense James Mattis, of the book, Warriors And Citizens: American Views of Our Military. Kore Schake has served at various policy roles, including at the White House, National Security Council, at the Department of Defense, for the office of the Secretary and Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the State Department for the policy planning staff. During the 2008 presidential election, she was senior policy advisor on the McCain-Palin campaign. Her recent publications include Safe Passage: A Transition From British to American Hegemony, and Republican Foreign Policy After Trump. She’s kind enough to join us from London this morning. Dr. Schake, welcome, it’s always a pleasure to talk to you. Thanks for staying with us today.
KS: It is so great to be with you, Hugh.
HH: Let’s go immediately to what it means. Mike Pompeo is the hawk. Secretary of Defense Mattis, your co-author, is now the not hawk. Are they going to get along in the Cabinet?
KS: Well, I wouldn’t presume to speak for the Secretary of Defense, Hugh, but my confidence is that both soon-to-be Secretary Pompeo and Secretary Mattis are both professional enough to be able to do their job serving the American public and serving President Trump well and easily.