On June 6 we commemorated the 76th anniversary of D-Day. It was the day Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy, France, in what was to become the greatest amphibious invasion in history.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, speaking with the Daily Caller, said the lessons learned from that infamous day are a lesson for today’s tumultuous world environment.
“The shape of the world today, the freedom we have, the strong sense that the ideas that the American Founders put in the heads of all of us as Americans,” Pompeo told the Caller “they were vindicated through the efforts of American forces when tyranny came, when the bad actors had taken over Europe and were on the verge on taking over the world in this great, global conflagration, those people who believed in democracy, those people who believed that our rights were God-given and came from Him, prevailed.”
Secretary Pompeo added, “It impacts us today, it shapes us today … successfully vindicated the central tenants of the world that exist today. The idea is that human beings have dignity because of their humanness and that individual freedom and human rights are the proper way for governments to behave.”
The Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) increasing takeover of Hong Kong can be likened to Nazi Germany during World War II when D-Day eventuated because Germany invaded France, said Pompeo.
“The promises that the Chinese Communist Party had made in their treaty with the United Kingdom that they broke when they made the decision to deny Hong Kong people the freedoms that they had been promised were similar to some of the promises that were broken back in the days when Germany advanced against the rest of Europe,” he said.
Pompeo highlighted that the United States has “an obligation to work diplomatically with the CCP, to work to make sure we protect Americans in every way that we can.”
“D-Day reminds us of the costs when we engage in conflict and the way that we did back those many years ago. It reminds me as the secretary of state today my absolute obligation to exhaust all possibilities before we ever find ourselves in a place where we have to put young men and women at risk in order to achieve the efforts to secure America’s freedom,” he added.
President Trump announced last Friday that the United States will “make clear our expectations that China [the CCP] change its course, that it return to the status quo, where the freedom that they had promised to the people of Hong Kong would be provided to them,” Pompeo continued.
Modern warfare is very different from the way wars were fought in the past said Pompeo, who graduated first in his class from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1986.
“There’s no doubt that technology has fundamentally reshaped the way warfare has been engaged,” Pompeo said. “Even over the past 15 years, you’ve seen it. You’ve seen more cyberactivities, cyberactivity by state actors, and non-state actors, as well. You can see the ever-increasing militarization of space with satellites that can now provide detailed imagery for militaries around the world. So, it’s true—as time changes, militaries change.”
Pompeo added, “But, make no mistake about it. Some of the tools, I was a soldier once, M1 tanker, those tools still matter. You see nations continue to build out their conventional weapon systems, as well, for conflicts that take that shape,” reported Daily Caller.