Barletta Supports President Trump’s New Strategy Against Iran

Oct 16, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON—Today, President Donald J. Trump outlined a new strategy to deal with the ongoing threat posed by Iran by decertifying the Iran nuclear deal. The core strategy, released by the White House early this morning, will focus on neutralizing the Government of Iran’s destabilizing influence and constraining its aggression, particularly its support for terrorism and militants.

“President Obama’s deal with the brutal Iranian regime was a big mistake.  The reckless behavior of this regime, as well as the bloodshed caused by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and their proxies around the world, warranted harsh American foreign policy measures to preserve the balance of power,” Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) said following the announcement from the White House.  “Instead of tough demands, the Obama Administration determined striking a deal was more important than the merits of the deal’s terms.  This put America and our allies in the region like Israel at risk.  It amounted to total appeasement of Iranian aggression.”

The Iranian regime has a notorious history of funding terrorism around the world, as well as providing material aid to the North Korean regime in their development of nuclear weapon technology.  Reports have also pointed to significant Iranian involvement in the Iraq War, leading to the deaths of thousands of American soldiers.

For 28 years, Ali Khamenei has been Iran’s Supreme Leader.  Khamenei and the IRGC have pursued a steady policy of spreading a revolutionary ideology aimed at undermining the international system by force and subversion.  His main enemy and rallying point has been and continues to be the United States of America, which he refers to as the Great Satan.

Under Khamenei, Iran exports violence, destabilizes its neighbors, and sponsors terrorism abroad.  The reckless behavior of the Iranian regime and the IRGC in particular, poses one of the most dangerous threats to the interests of the United States and to regional stability.  The Iranian regime has taken advantage of regional conflicts and instability to aggressively expand its regional influence and threaten its neighbors with little domestic or international cost for its actions. 

Barletta says, “As a member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, I know that the threats to the American homeland and our allies are real.  Appeasing terrorism will encourage more terrorism.  I look forward to supporting President Trump as he works with our allies to confront Iranian aggression.”