Secretary of State Mike Pompeo looks on during a news briefing at the White House on Jan 10, 2020. Pompeo has been regarded by some analysts as the worst secretary of state in American history. (Erin Schaff/The New York Times)

Pompeo leaves with a dubious legacy

He last week offered an insight into his legacy as a commander of the Trump administration’s scorched-earth foreign policy by citing a seminal moment in his personal history

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  • Military equipment displayed during a parade to commemorate the 8th Congress of the Workers' Party in Pyongyang, North Korea, January 14, 2021. KCNA via REUTERS

    Military equipment displayed during a parade to commemorate the 8th Congress of the Workers' Party in Pyongyang, North Korea, January 14, 2021. KCNA via REUTERS

  • Troops march during a military parade to commemorate the 8th Congress of the Workers' Party in Pyongyang, North Korea, January 14, 2021. KCNA via REUTERS

    Troops march during a military parade to commemorate the 8th Congress of the Workers' Party in Pyongyang, North Korea, January 14, 2021. KCNA via REUTERS

  • North Korean leader Kim Jong Un waves during a ceremony for the 8th Congress of the Workers' Party in Pyongyang, North Korea, January 14, 2021. KCNA via REUTERS

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un waves during a ceremony for the 8th Congress of the Workers' Party in Pyongyang, North Korea, January 14, 2021. KCNA via REUTERS

  • Military equipments are seen during a military parade to commemorate the 8th Congress of the Workers' Party in Pyongyang, North Korea, January 14, 2021. KCNA via REUTERS

    Military equipments are seen during a military parade to commemorate the 8th Congress of the Workers' Party in Pyongyang, North Korea, January 14, 2021. KCNA via REUTERS

  • North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is pictured on a screen during a ceremony for the 8th Congress of the Workers' Party in Pyongyang, North Korea, January 14, 2021. KCNA via REUTERS

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is pictured on a screen during a ceremony for the 8th Congress of the Workers' Party in Pyongyang, North Korea, January 14, 2021. KCNA via REUTERS

  • Military equipment displayed during a parade to commemorate the 8th Congress of the Workers' Party in Pyongyang, North Korea, January 14, 2021. KCNA via REUTERS

    Military equipment displayed during a parade to commemorate the 8th Congress of the Workers' Party in Pyongyang, North Korea, January 14, 2021. KCNA via REUTERS

  • Fireworks explode above Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, North Korea, January 14, 2021. KCNA via REUTERS

    Fireworks explode above Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, North Korea, January 14, 2021. KCNA via REUTERS

  • The storming of the halls of Congress by a mob of President Trump's supporters is the latest episode of violence to darken the US Capitol in a history dating back to a British arson attack in Washington during the War of 1812. Here is a chronology of some of the most notorious acts of violence to flare at the Capitol - shootings, bombings, a knife attack, a beating by cane and even an assassination attempt. REUTERS/Leah Millis

    The storming of the halls of Congress by a mob of President Trump's supporters is the latest episode of violence to darken the US Capitol in a history dating back to a British arson attack in Washington during the War of 1812. Here is a chronology of some of the most notorious acts of violence to flare at the Capitol - shootings, bombings, a knife attack, a beating by cane and even an assassination attempt. REUTERS/Leah Millis

  • 1814 - Invading British forces torched the original Capitol building while it was still under construction, setting bonfires of furniture in the House of Representatives and the original Supreme Court chamber. Courtesy Library of Congress

    1814 - Invading British forces torched the original Capitol building while it was still under construction, setting bonfires of furniture in the House of Representatives and the original Supreme Court chamber. Courtesy Library of Congress

  • 1835 - In the first known attempt on a US president's life, a disgruntled house painter tried to shoot Andrew Jackson as he emerged from a funeral in the House chamber. The assailant's two flintlock derringers both misfired, and an enraged Jackson clubbed the would-be assassin with his walking stick before the man was subdued. The suspect was found not guilty by reason of insanity and confined to a mental institution. Courtesy Library of Congress

    1835 - In the first known attempt on a US president's life, a disgruntled house painter tried to shoot Andrew Jackson as he emerged from a funeral in the House chamber. The assailant's two flintlock derringers both misfired, and an enraged Jackson clubbed the would-be assassin with his walking stick before the man was subdued. The suspect was found not guilty by reason of insanity and confined to a mental institution. Courtesy Library of Congress

  • 1856 - An abolitionist senator, Charles Sumner of Massachusetts (pictured), was savagely beaten with a cane by his South Carolina colleague, Preston Brooks, on the Senate floor after delivering a speech criticizing slavery. Courtesy Library of Congress

    1856 - An abolitionist senator, Charles Sumner of Massachusetts (pictured), was savagely beaten with a cane by his South Carolina colleague, Preston Brooks, on the Senate floor after delivering a speech criticizing slavery. Courtesy Library of Congress

  • 1915 - A former Harvard University German language professor used a timing device to detonate three sticks of dynamite in an empty Senate reception room during a holiday recess. The professor, angry that American financiers were aiding the British against Germany during World War One, then fled to New York, where he shot and slightly injured banker J.P. Morgan. He was subsequently captured and later took his own life in jail. Courtesy Library of Congress

    1915 - A former Harvard University German language professor used a timing device to detonate three sticks of dynamite in an empty Senate reception room during a holiday recess. The professor, angry that American financiers were aiding the British against Germany during World War One, then fled to New York, where he shot and slightly injured banker J.P. Morgan. He was subsequently captured and later took his own life in jail. Courtesy Library of Congress

  • 1954 - A group of four armed Puerto Rican nationalists indiscriminately opened fire on the House floor from the visitors' gallery and unfurled a Puerto Rican flag. Five members of Congress were wounded. The four assailants - three men and a woman - were apprehended and sentenced to lengthy prison terms, which President Jimmy Carter commuted in 1979. Courtesy Collection of the US House of Representatives

    1954 - A group of four armed Puerto Rican nationalists indiscriminately opened fire on the House floor from the visitors' gallery and unfurled a Puerto Rican flag. Five members of Congress were wounded. The four assailants - three men and a woman - were apprehended and sentenced to lengthy prison terms, which President Jimmy Carter commuted in 1979. Courtesy Collection of the US House of Representatives

  • 1971 - A bomb planted by the radical antiwar group Weather Underground to protest the US-backed invasion of Laos was detonated in a restroom on the Senate side of the Capitol, causing extensive damage but no casualties. Library of Congress/ Marion S. Trikosko

    1971 - A bomb planted by the radical antiwar group Weather Underground to protest the US-backed invasion of Laos was detonated in a restroom on the Senate side of the Capitol, causing extensive damage but no casualties. Library of Congress/ Marion S. Trikosko

  • 1983 - A bomb concealed under a bench outside the Senate chamber exploded, blowing the hinges off the door to the office of then-Senate Democratic leader Robert Byrd and damaging a portrait of renowned lawyer-statesman Daniel Webster. No one was hurt. A militant leftist group said it carried out the bombing in retaliation for US military involvement in Lebanon and Grenada. Courtesy US Senate Historical Office

    1983 - A bomb concealed under a bench outside the Senate chamber exploded, blowing the hinges off the door to the office of then-Senate Democratic leader Robert Byrd and damaging a portrait of renowned lawyer-statesman Daniel Webster. No one was hurt. A militant leftist group said it carried out the bombing in retaliation for US military involvement in Lebanon and Grenada. Courtesy US Senate Historical Office