Opinion

Pompeo & the Sopranos (A Fantasia)

Summary

Pompeo, little Roman bambino, is desperately seeking to efface his dark Sicilian peasant origins and join up with the white robber patricians of the US. We wish him well.

Why must Secretary of Foreign Wars Mike Pompeo fly in to play bad cop, act the heavy, deliver imperial dictat. Does he have to stiffen his ambassador – appointed by Obama, Pompeo’s presumed opponent – achieve something during her feckless tenure? Show weaponized sponsors he is doing his job? Act the poseur, parading less like heros more like thugs, who are robbing US taxpayers and putting people in harm’s way?

From 1986-91, Pompeo hid from active military service by joining their West Germany-based 2nd Squadron, 7th Cavalry in the 4th Infantry Division. He then worked for law firm Williams & Connolly in Washington, whose clientele included scandal-fraught Enron law firm Vinson & Elkins, drug dealer and mercenary Colonel Oliver North during the Iran-Contra Affair, and wannabe assassin of Ronald Reagan, John Hinckley.

In 1998, Pompeo and military academy West Point friends, bought three aircraft-part manufacturers, creating Thayer Aerospace, with major funding from lumpen Koch Industries and scandal-ridden global management consultancy Bain & Company. They sold Thayer to Highland Capital Management, linked to bomb-droppers Lockheed Martin, Gulfstream Aerospace, Boeing, Raytheon Aircraft, etc. Pompeo was made president of oilfield equipment manufacturer Sentry International, a partner of Koch Industries. In 2017, Pompeo was made head of the CIA, naming long-lost-Filipino business partner, Brian Bulatao, to play Tonto to his Lone Ranger, as the CIA’s chief operating officer. 

It is curious how those scorned by Europe’s long nightmare once they cross the Atlantic, crave membership as white settlers. Irish, Scandinavians, Southern Europeans, Slavs, Jews, have been considered untermensch and unwhite. The Jews thought they were Germans. Asians went to the US Supreme Court, to be declared ‘Caucasians’ and “Aryans.” They soon learn how easily media can brand them, ending  incarcerated in concentration camps, as Ukrainians and Japanese were in World Wars 1 & 2, while Germans were kept free.

Pompeo’s paternal ancestors hail from Italy’s southern Abruzzo, a hotbed of the Sicilian mafia. They fled after the great 19th century peasant uprising – the Fasci Siciliani – which the mafia opposed. Via Italian-American mafia traffickers, they settled in Orange County, California, where large capitalist landowners were waging war on farmworkers. 

In the USA, white settlers scurry to avoid proletarian fate. The Pompeos rode shotgun with white settlers who were grabbing land from Mexico. They camouflaged their peasant origins in faux feudal grandeur. White US settlers unable to claim lineage and draw sustenance from the Aztec civilization that predates their invasion, and unable to claim Anglo-Saxon or German patrimony due to their more recent 18th century divorce, sought refuge in the fictional mythologies of ancient Greece and Rome, evident in such naming of US cities as Philadelphia, Ithaca, etc. 

Pompeo’s ancestors evoked feudal greatness by fashioning their name from Roman warmonger Pompey who married Ceasar’s daughter Julia, after gaining the nickname adulescentulus carnifex (“teenage butcher”) for his cowardly massacres in Sicily and Africa. Pompey joined the conservative faction of the Roman Senate, and challenged Caesar for leadership of the Roman state, but was defeated and fled to Egypt, where he was assassinated. 

The Pompeos entering early 20th century USA  joined in the great white settler wars that have produced both a decadent empire, and the encroaching desertification of California, the largest capitalist agricultural heartland in the world.

Californias’ cultivators were at first the dispossessed original people – the Tongva, Juaneño, and Luiseño. White capitalists unable to recruit newer Europeans migrants who stopped in Eastern US industries, then recruited workers escaping the invasions of Mexico and China, to play ‘peon’ and ‘coolie’ against each other. When the Pompeos landed, the landowners were in a war against the Chinese workers who had successfully introduced citrus to that land – hence, Orange County. California’s capitalists would play original peoples versus Mexicans versus Chinese versus Filipino versus failed white goldrush miners, and Okies versus Japanese, etc. And the Pompeos played their part.

Pompeo, little Roman bambino, is desperately seeking to efface his dark Sicilian peasant origins and join up with the white robber patricians of the US. We wish him well. his fictional imperialist ancestor met his fate in Egypt. Should he venture further east and taunt karma?

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