Democracies Should Work Together, Secretary Pompeo Says
“Doing it alone is impossible”
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was in Berlin for a celebration of the collapse of the Berlin Wall some three decades ago. During a speech there, he emphasized that democracies should work together. He described free countries as being in a “competition of values” with countries that are not free, mentioning Russia and China in particular.
“Today, Russia, led by a former KGB officer stationed in Dresden, invades its neighbors and slays political opponents,” Pompeo said. “The Chinese Communist Party uses tactics and methods to suppress its own people that would be horrifyingly familiar to former East Germans.”
He said countries need to protect what was won in the American Revolution, World War II’s end and the fall of the Berlin Wall. “Allies have to do it together because it’s not easy and doing it alone is impossible.”
He added that NATO must grow and change or risk becoming obsolete. “It needs to confront the realities of today and the challenges of today,” he said.
- For the free nations of the world to develop closer alliances.
- That organizations, like NATO, would live up to their commitments, including providing resources