Joe Kent provides statement on Marie Gluesenkamp Perez defense of terrorist group
Third Congressional District candidate calls congresswoman’s position ‘appalling’
BATTLE GROUND – Congresswoman Marie Gluesenkamp Perez defended the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah. Townhall revealed that her blog stated it is “unfair to say Hezbollah is an entirely terrorist group.”
Third Congressional District candidate Joe Kent made the following statement:
“It is appalling that Marie Perez would argue Hezbollah is not a terrorist organization. Hezbollah has been at war with the US since they bombed the USMC barracks in Lebanon and then kidnapped, tortured, and killed the CIA station chief William F. Buckley. They went on to become the cadre of expeditionary terror throughout the Middle East, enabling their partners to bomb the US embassy in Kuwait and the US base at the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia. During the Iraq war, Hezbollah and Iran’s Quds force trained and led Iraqi Shia insurgents in brutal attacks against US forces. I fought against these Hezbollah-aligned terrorists in the battle of Najaf and numerous operations in Sadr City. Hezbollah deployed operatives like Ali Mussa Daqduq who helped kidnap and brutally murder five American soldiers in Karbala in 2007.
“I know exactly what Hezbollah is: they are nothing more than ruthless terrorists that must be ferociously fought. Hezbollah is cunning, and they will exploit ignorant, sheltered people like Perez to gain political traction to further their brutal ambitions. Perez is dangerous because she is siding with the very same Hezbollah terrorists who are attacking our troops in Iraq and Syria – the same troops she voted to leave in the crosshairs of Hezbollah.
“We need serious leadership that understands war and how to combat terrorism without dragging America into another bloody twenty years of war in the Middle East.’’