Pompeo's art of the lie: From coronavirus to genocide
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In a final bombshell effort to destroy ties between China and the U.S., the outgoing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has made the gravest of accusations against China. Comparing the Chinese government to the Nazis and ISIS, Pompeo said China has committed genocide and crimes against humanity against the Uygur Muslims in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

Every person of conscience will be shocked by this accusation. In a State Department media release, Pompeo said: "We do so not because we are compelled to act by any international court, multilateral body, or domestic political concern. We do so because it is right." But if this is an act of moral courage, why is Pompeo doing it hours before leaving the White House in disgrace? Why speak out at the last minute, when there is no time to present evidence, back up the claims with facts, or hear counterarguments?

It is not as if the Trump administration has been shy about smearing China. In May, Pompeo claimed to have "enormous evidence" that COVID-19 originated in a Wuhan laboratory — an assertion found baseless by U.S. intelligence services and scientists, including Anthony Fauci. Pompeo never did present any evidence.

Pompeo has also suggested that China deliberately spread the virus around the world by attempting to "conceal and hide and confuse." This is a classic case of psychological projection. The Trump administration, from the beginning, ignored early warnings from China and the WHO about the approaching danger, downplayed the threat, and undercut the messages of its own public health officials. This week the U.S. surpassed 400,000 COVID-19 deaths.

From COVID-19 to genocide, Mike Pompeo has spewed unfounded, unsupported and unconscionable lies about China over his tenure as U.S.' representative to the world. Throughout his career, Pompeo has been a far-right ideologue with scant regard for the truth. In the face of clear facts, he stays a climate change denier. He has falsely suggested Muslim terrorists had tentacles throughout all parts of the U.S., big and small. He supported Donald Trump's baseless claims the presidential election was rigged, showed no remorse when the president delayed the transition of power and even enabled many of Trump's worst instincts.

A shop in a bazaar in Kashgar, southwest of Xinjiang. /VCG Photo

A shop in a bazaar in Kashgar, southwest of Xinjiang. /VCG Photo

In another bomb thrown to sabotage the Biden administration just before leaving office, Pompeo said earlier this month: "I would say Iran is indeed the new Afghanistan – as the key geographic hub for al-Qaeda – but it's actually worse." He backed up this statement with no evidence, because there isn't any. But in his final days in office, Pompeo has no compunction about telling a big lie to further a cherished policy goal, in this case making it difficult for the Biden administration to rejoin the Iran nuclear deal.

Pompeo holds a narrow, apocalyptic world-view, seeing himself as good and people who disagree as evil. This week he attacked the Black Lives Matter movement and the idea of diversity with the tweet: "Woke-ism, multiculturalism, all the -isms — they're not who America is. They distort our glorious founding and what this country is all about."

From crowd size to the coronavirus to election results, the hardline Trump administration has proven it will tell any falsehood to achieve its political goals — the bigger the lie, the better. Serious political observers will be able to look closely at Pompeo's genocide claim and see it for what it is: A bogus shameless final attempt to make it difficult for the Biden administration to reverse the Trump administration's hardline fantasy of decoupling from China.

If there's anyone that benefits from the lies and distortion, it is Pompeo himself. He has made tremendous efforts over the past week to secure himself as the heir to Trump's brand of politics and international relationship. As he claims the mental to a disgraced one-term president, Pompeo is laboring mightily to keep his own name relevant in the public's discourse, giving him enough exposure to become a viable candidate for higher offices – AKA the presidency – in the future election cycles.

If the U.S. really believes a genocide is taking place in Xinjiang, it is morally obliged to present evidence to the International Court of Justice in the Hague, not shoot out a politically convenient media statement on the way out the door. The world needs evidence and facts, not fantasies or delusions.

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