Florida Republican Congressman Compares Iran to Schoolyard Bully

This week, U.S. Rep. Michael Waltz, R-Fla. the first Green Beret to serve in Congress and who served as an aide to then-Vice President Dick Cheney, weighed in on continued tensions with Iran.

Waltz, who sits on the U.S. House Armed Services Committee, appeared on Fox News this week with Harris Faulkner, offering his take on Iran’s claims to have captured  17 alleged Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) spies.

“This [allegation] is another play out of [Iran’s] age-old playbook of ramping up tensions when they’re desperate,” Waltz said. “And right now, because the maximum pressure campaign and the economic sanctions are working, you’re going to continue to see [Iran] lash out, whether it’s against oil tankers or accusing some of their citizens and scientists of being spies – because they need to divert their economic populace, which is rioting and hurting under these sanctions.”

Waltz noted that the accused CIA spies were Iranians and not Americans, adding that any actions against U.S. citizens would be a “red line.”

“We need to make the distinction that these are Iranian nationals working on their nuclear program and their missile program that the Iranians are accusing of working with the United States…[but] if they are actually executing U.S. citizens, yes we are there [at the red line],” Waltz insisted.

Waltz also said that Iran was reacting to President Donald Trump not being tougher.

“A lot of this lashing out you’re seeing is because the president showed restraint before. They’re like a bully – you have to punch them in the mouth or they’re going to keep trying to bully kids and take their lunch money,” Waltz said.

Waltz was first elected to Congress last year and represents parts of Northeast Florida with his district stretching on the Atlantic coast from St. Johns County down to Volusia County.




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  1. Another republican neocon speaks! Iran, “the bully” is surrounded by US bases. It has a carrier battle group within an hour’s striking distance from its cities. It is embargoed by the US which is also pressuring its allies to not trade with Iran. This, in turn, is creating a shortage of medicines and other needed items among the Iranians. A better description of Iran would be “cornered,” and even a schoolboy knows what happens when you have a wounded creature cornered. So, Congressman, my suggestion would be to encourage the Rand Paul overtures to Iran directed by Mr. Trump. Stop believing that the US is a white knight on a white steed riding to everyone’s rescue. That’s a fantasy. We have laid waste to the mid-east with our policies of regime change that has taken hundreds of thousands of innocent lives. Surely Mr. Waltz cannot want more carnage in that area of the world, having undoubtedly seen a good deal of it firsthand. Let’s tone down the rhetoric Congressman. There is no shortage of olive branches to extend. Diplomacy is not a sign of weakness, but of strength. We haven’t had diplomacy with Iran in over forty years, the time to bring this back is long overdue. We need a foreign policy built on trade and prosperity, not one going abroad looking for monsters to slay, or a foreign policy that is an extension of the dreams of Saudi Arabia and Israel.


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