We don’t know what he will say. He could lie. He probably would.
The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is due to visit Sri Lanka. He’s not the first and he’s not the last. Ironically, he’s probably the most honest of his tribe. The double irony is that he admits he’s a liar, or rather that lying was part of the training carried out by the outfit he headed, the CIA, and that it was widely practiced.
In an exchange with a student during a visit to Texas A&M University in April 2019, Pompeo spoke about ‘balancing condemnations with concessions and diplomacy with a controversial government such as Saudi Arabia,’ thus:
‘When I was a cadet, what’s the cadet motto at West Point? “You will not lie, cheat or steal or tolerate those who do.” I was the CIA director, we lied, we cheated, we stole. That’s, it was like, we had entire training courses.’
We don’t know how long he will hold his job, considering that the US Presidential Election is just weeks away and, as of now, his boss Donald Trump is not having things easy in his re-election bid. That’s not our concern. Ronald Reagan or George Bush, Bush or Bill Clinton, Clinton or Dubya Bush, Dubya or Barack Obama, Obama or Donald Trump, Trump or Joe Biden, it doesn’t make too much of a difference to the way Washington deals with Sri Lanka.
There’s lying. There’s cheating. There’s thieving. Pompeo knows. Alaiana B Teplitz knows. We know.
The lying, cheating, thief has some interest in Sri Lanka, but only in relation to his agonies over China. He’ll come. He’ll dish out his spiel. He might issue warnings, veiled or otherwise. He might make references to China, vague or otherwise. He might talk about friendship, partnership and cooperation.
We don’t know what he’ll say.
We know he is, by dint of confession, the representative of a country for whose government lying, cheating and thieving are sacred tenets. Let’s keep that in mind.