Congressman of Largest Military District Tells Constituents He 'Wrestled' with Iran Deal Decision
The congressman representing the country’s largest military district took questions from constituents concerned about Iran getting a nuclear weapon.
Rep. Scott Rigell (R-Va.), who will oppose the Iranian nuclear agreement in its current form, said everything he has read demonstrates that the Iranian regime holds an “apocalyptic worldview.”
“The radical Islamic groups and the leadership itself, which I see as a form of radical Islam, they hold an apocalyptic worldview and they talk about the destruction of Israel,” he told the participants of the town hall, which took place online and over the phone.
“Israel is a great ally to us and we cannot consider what’s good for America without simultaneously, in the context of the Middle East, without considering how it affects Israel.”
Rigell told his constituents he has “wrestled” with whether or not to support the agreement.
“I cannot wrap my mind around their [Iran’s] mindset and if anyone on the call tonight can prove me otherwise, please call the office and send me the material. I want to see it.”
Rigell, who served in the Marine Corps Reserve, said the regime is moving the entire region away from peace but every Iranian does not agree with their actions.
“I think many of them want peace, especially the younger generation,” he said.
Rigell, a member of the House Appropriations Committee, was asked if the current agreement would prevent terrorist groups from taking over any nuclear sites in Iran.
“I had not considered that. To me the risk within the administration itself, the regime itself, is sufficient,” he said.
Rigell said the agreement does not “eliminate” or “dismantle” any significant parts of Iran’s nuclear program.
“We’re simply managing it. I really think that’s the only conclusion that could be reached on that,” he said.