From the office of U.S. Congressman Mike Pompeo, Kansas fourth district.
Pompeo Responds to CIA Director’s Comments on Critics of Iran Deal
Director Brennan can’t defend the merits of the deal and is instead resorting to personal attacks.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – After CIA Director John Brennan attacked critics of the Iran deal as “wholly disingenuous” at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics on Tuesday, Congressman Mike Pompeo released the following statement commenting that Brennan has taken to making personal attacks instead of defending the deal on its merits.
“The CIA Director has been wrong before and could not be more wrong now – both in his assessment of the so-called ‘nuclear deal’ with Iran and on his assessment of my motives for criticizing it. I oppose the agreement the President has proposed with Iran because it puts Iran on the path to a nuclear arsenal. My concern is not politics, but American national security, keeping the Middle East out of a nuclear arms race, and protecting the very existence of Israel.
“Just over two years ago, when President Obama was running for re-election, he committed to blocking Iran from having centrifuges, shutting down its underground program at Fordow, and ensuring it doesn’t keep its processed uranium – three things we have now conceded to the Iranians. He said that Iran must end its nuclear program. But the present deal allows them to keep that program.
“It is unfortunate that CIA Director Brennan can’t defend the merits of the deal and has to resort to personal attacks in a failing effort to convince the public that the administration’s position is correct. But the CIA Director has been wrong before. He has been at the center of propagating the myth that the Islamic State isn’t comprised of radical Islamic terrorists, but is rather just a band of common ‘criminals.’
“It is this continuous underestimation of our enemies, whether it is the mullahs in Iran or the radical Islamic extremists that seek to kill Americans, that threatens our safety and security at home and abroad.”