We'll now play a game.
Yesterday, Mike Pompeo named who he considers the Most Dangerous Person in the World (and added that it's "not a close call"). You, dear readers, get a chance to guess who you think that is.
Just some perspective to help your decided.
Mike Pompeo is a former directors of the CIA. He also served as Secretary of State under Trump. So, he's seen his share of Dangerous People in the World. Literally, face to face. And from deep background.
Among the people on the list you can choose from are war criminal Vladimir Putin. Or China's Xi Xinping. Or Kim Jong-Un. Or Turkish dictator Tayyip Erdogan. Or Hungary dictator Viktor Orban whose top adviser quit by calling Orban's speeches the sort of thing you'd hear from Hitler. Or...well, pick any dictator, this is your guess, after all.
Okay, are all your votes in?
Well, to start the elimination process, no, it's not Putin, Xi, Kim, Erdogan, Orban -- or any dictator. Or terrorist. Or Trump, who Pompeo knows up close.
To Mike Pompeo, the former CIA director and former Secretary of State, the Most Dangerous Person in the World -- and "it's not a close call" -- is...
Okay, so how many of you got that right?
"Randi Weingarten???," I hear most of you understandably call out. Yes, you read correctly. Randi Weingarten.
Randi Weingarten is the head of the American Federation of Teachers!! According to Mike Pompeo (who, lest we forget, is who handed Afghanistan back to Abdul Ghani Baradar. the co-founder of the Taliban), she is the Most Dangerous Person in the World. And "it's not a close call."
Actually, it's even worse than that. And yes, that's possible. Because Pompeo -- former director of the CIA -- went on to talk about who he supposedly believed was "most likely to take this republic down.’ And to Pompeo, who actually worked closely with Trump who literally fomented an Insurrection to take this republic down -- he chose to ignore that and said, "It would be the teacher’s unions, and the filth that they’re teaching our kids, and the fact that they don’t know math and reading or writing."
You'd think his throat would have immediately congealed, and his body shriveled and began shaking uncontrollably before it burst into flames, leaving only the remnants of bones and some ashes spread on the ground. But no, he was able to continue on with his pandering, fascist campaign to one day be president.
And what's so otherworldly about this is not that Mike Pompeo was so pandering extremist and fascist in his comments, but that he went so blatantly and foolishly and hyperbolically overboard that it's so easily dismissed. And that even all but the most lost and disturbed of the far-right were likely scratching their heads saying, "Who??" And upset that he didn't say "Nancy Pelosi." Or "Alexandria Ocasio Cortez." Or "Kamala Harris." Or "Joe Biden." Or "Adam Schiff." Or "Jack Smith."
Ms. Weingarten called the pandering Pompeo "desperate to be labeled an extremist" in his attempt to be elected president and said his comments were either "ridiculous or dangerous." Given that this is right out of the first chapter of the fascist playbook to undermine any other authority figures -- and this case it's schoolteachers! -- I'll go with dangerous.
But man, is it ever ridiculous. As is pandering, shameless Mike Pompeo's thought that he will be elected president.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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