“There’s not much of a U.S. footprint there, nor is it a place where our brothers and sisters in the military can operate,” Director Mike Pompeo said at the Texas National Security Forum at the University of Texas, Austin. “The infrastructure our officers will need there will be built by the Agency’s support specialists, who can set up shop anywhere on the planet…The secrets of greatest utility are typically the ones embedded within the most rugged and hostile environments and possessed by those who do not share American values. If President [Donald] Trump is to make the right policy choices there, he needs to understand the facts on the ground in the grittiest back alleys, densest jungles—in the hard places.”
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