Rep. Dana Rohrabacher on Thursday praised ISIS’ attack in Iran and even floated the idea that the United States should work with the terrorist group.
“We have recently seen an attack on Iran, and the Iranian government, the mullahs, believe that Sunni forces have attacked them. This may signal a ratcheting up of certain commitments by the United States of America,” he said.
“I’m concerned, I just want to make this point and see what you think, isn’t it a good thing for us to have the United States finally backing up Sunnis who will attack Hezbollah and the Shiite threat to us? Isn’t that a good thing? And if so, maybe this is a Trump — maybe it’s a Trump strategy of actually supporting one group against another, considering that you have two terrorist organizations.”
Iran was the victim of its first ISIS attack on Wednesday when the terrorist group stormed the parliament building in Tehran and a major shrine of the country’s first Supreme Leader, Ruhollah Khomeini.
Rohrabacher’s logic is troubling as it appears that he seems to consider Iran and ISIS to be on the same page.
Experts at the hearing immediately dismissed Rohrabacher’s claims.
“Those attacks were claimed by the Islamic State,” said Matthew Levitt, director of The Washington Institute’s Stein Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence at the conservative Washington Institute for Near East Policy. “It’s never in our interest to support a terrorist group like the Islamic State. We should condemn the attacks in Tehran, as we would condemn any act of terrorism, even as we hold Iran accountable for its sponsorship of terrorism.”
However, a defiant Rohrabacher didn’t want to listen to the panel’s experts and continued to try and push his own logic.
“So that’s like Joe Stalin was a horrible guy, we must never associate with horrible guys like that, even against Hitler,” he said, talking over Levitt. “And so maybe it’s a good idea to have radical Muslim terrorists fighting each other. I’ll leave it at that.”