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VIDEO: Mike Pompeo's empty restraint rhetoric

VIDEO: Mike Pompeo's empty restraint rhetoric

We shouldn't be too surprised that the Trump administration even mischaracterizes the theories behind its policies.

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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the Trump administration’s foreign policy is based on restraint and realism. But U.S. foreign policy actions across the world suggest a lack of understanding for what the concept means in practice. Restraint values diplomatic engagement over military coercion and domination. so don’t be fooled by Pompeo’s hollow language.  The latest video from the Quincy Institute explains:

Click here for more on Pomepo hijacking "restraint" from Quincy Institute Non-Resident Fellow Stephen Walt.
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