Hurd Urges Congress to Unite Against Iranian Regime

As someone who spent nearly a decade as an undercover officer in the CIA and served in the Middle East, I spoke on the House Floor yesterday regarding the War Powers Resolution being put forward by House Democrats in response to the death of Qassem Soleimani.

Madam Speaker, right now is not the time for a partisan exercise that could be used as propaganda by the Ayatollahs.

Instead, Congress should be united in condemning a regime that has been attacking America and our allies for 40 years.

Qassem Soleimani was the head of the most dangerous and well-armed terrorist organization in the world and his death has removed a major terrorist leader from the battlefield.

This decision followed repeated rocket attacks by Iranian proxies on American forces and an attempt to storm our embassy in Baghdad.

This decision was based on intelligence that our Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has described as compelling, imminent and very clear that Soleimani was planning attacks against our troops. This is an assessment with which I concur.

No one wants another war in the Middle East. Instead of tying the hands of our military, we should be sending a strong message to the Iranian regime that there will be consequences for their reign of terror and we will protect our citizens at all costs.

The Iranian regime has killed over 600 American troops in Iraq. They have killed over 1,500 of their own people for peacefully protesting. And they have lied to the world about their nuclear arsenal.

Appeasing them will only make future conflict and bloodshed more likely. That’s why I wish today, instead of a partisan exercise, that we were sending to the Government of Iran a clearer message that no elected official in America is supportive of its behavior.


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