Foreign Policy/Politics

GOP lawmaker and former CIA officer to Democrats: ‘Iran is the culprit, not the victim’

Retiring U.S. Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas), a former CIA official, blasted Democrats on Wednesday over their criticism of President Donald Trump’s actions against Iran, saying that the country is the “culprit” not a “victim.”

Specifically, Hurd backed the president’s decision to take out al-Quds Force commander Gen. Qassem Soleimani last week because he was responsible for decades’ worth of aggressive actions against American troops, costing hundreds their lives.

“Soleimani was not going through the Baghdad airport on the way to a holiday vacation. He was in Iraq to coordinate attacks on American interests and our allies,” Hurd wrote in a Washington Examiner opinion article Wednesday.




“When you run a terrorist organization, this is what can happen to you: You are brought to justice for the death toll you have inflicted on innocent people,” he added.

“Hiding behind the uniform of your government does not change the fact that you are a terrorist.”

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, including its Quds Force, was designated a Foreign Terrorist Organization by the Trump administration in April under Section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act.

That designation essentially made Soleimani a target.

The designation was the first time the United States ever named a part of another government a Foreign Terrorist Organization, the Washington Examiner reported.

House Republicans in general chastised Democrats this week for their criticism of the president’s decision.



“More than 600 servicemen were murdered by Soleimani. I don’t think there’s any difference of opinion,” House Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy told the Washington Examiner.

“I think the Democrats are wrong that they even try to raise that issue. I hope when they go into the briefing for those who may be new, listen to be educated.”

Hurd joined Republican leadership to denounce the Democrats’ stance on Iran, saying, “To my colleagues condemning this decision: We cannot forget that Iran is the culprit, not the victim.”

He added: “What is the alternative? Do nothing and fail to protect American lives and our shared interests with our Sunni Arab and Israeli partners? Let our embassy get attacked once more? Open our troops up to further attacks? To not support the Iranian people in their quest for freedom?”

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